Femmes Fatales Nov 1 2023
DAY BY NIGHT
There, isn't that better? You'll save a few cents on your electricity bill.


It's never a bad idea to save money on your utilities, as U.S. actress Laraine Day demonstrates above. Day had a long and busy career, appearing in films such as The Woman on Pier 13, Foreign Correspondent, Tarzan Finds a Son!, Fingers at the Window, and The Locket, for which the above promo was made. It dates from 1946, and you can see another photo from the film here.

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Femmes Fatales Dec 26 2019
'TIS THE SEASONING
She spiced up more than one hundred movies in her long career.


Above, a very nice promo photo of U.S. actress Barbara Pepper, who appeared in such films as 1938's The Lady in the Morgue and 1940's Foreign Correspondent, and was later a constant on television during the ’50s and ’60s. Taken as a whole, her career was a rarity in that she made the transition from child performer to sex symbol all the way to chubby late middle-aged lady, and worked steadily the entire time. Doubtless she would have continued into her golden years but she died early at age fifty-four. This shot is undated but probably from around 1940.

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Femmes Fatales Jul 21 2010
WINK POSITIVE
What a difference a Day makes.

American actress Laraine Day, who starred in The Locket with Robert Mitchum and in Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, seen here circa early ’40s.

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1924—Leopold and Loeb Murder Bobby Franks
Two wealthy University of Chicago students named Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold, Jr. murder 14-year-old Bobby Franks, motivated by no other reason than to prove their intellectual superiority by committing a perfect crime. But the duo are caught and sentenced to life in prison. Their crime becomes known as a "thrill killing", and their story later inspires various works of art, including the 1929 play Rope by Patrick Hamilton, and Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film of the same name.
May 20
1916—Rockwell's First Post Cover Appears
The Saturday Evening Post publishes Norman Rockwell's painting "Boy with Baby Carriage", marking the first time his work appears on the cover of that magazine. Rockwell would go to paint many covers for the Post, becoming indelibly linked with the publication. During his long career Rockwell would eventually paint more than four thousand pieces, the vast majority of which are not on public display due to private ownership and destruction by fire.
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1962—Marilyn Monroe Sings to John F. Kennedy
A birthday salute to U.S. President John F. Kennedy takes place at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. The highlight is Marilyn Monroe's breathy rendition of "Happy Birthday," which does more to fuel speculation that the two were sexually involved than any actual evidence.
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