The Golden Age of Hollywood saw many refined actors and actresses who were signed to longtime contracts and made numerous outstanding films every year. Here we have compiled 40 iconic images of old Hollywood stars that were taken on the set:
1) Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow, with her cupid’s bow mouth, dramatic eyeliner, and platinum blonde curls; perfectly showcased her old-school Tinseltown glamour. Her breakthrough role was in the Hell’s Angels (1930) and appeared with other big stars of the time, such as in Hold Your Man (1933) with Clark Gable.
2) Errol Flynn
In this image, we can see Errol Flynn on the set of Captain Blood (1935) which was an instant hit and made him and Olivia DeHavilland huge stars.
3) James Cagney
James Cagney is famous for portraying the composer George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), which allowed him to showcase his talent which earned him an Oscar. Here we can see him with Jean Harlow on the set of The Public Enemy (1931).
4) Fredi Washington
Here, we can see the very talented, stunning green-eyed beauty Fredi Washington, working in Imitation of Life (1934) with her co-star, Louise Beavers (left).
5) Judy Garland
In this image, we can see Judy Garland resting between takes on the set of Ziegfield Girl (1940).
6) Shirley Temple
One of the most popular child stars of all time, Shirley Temple, between takes on the set, circa 1936.
7) Fred Astaire
A very iconic image where Fred Astaire (far left) is seen collaborating with renowned composers George and Ira Gershwin for the 1937 musical Shall We Dance.
8) Lana Turner
The very stunning Lana Turner having her makeup touched up on the set of The Merry Widow (1952).
9) Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich was known for her work in Destry Rides Again, a 1939 American film starring Jimmy Stewart. Here she can be seen taking a much-deserved break from filming on set in 1936.
10) Betty Grable
Fun fact about Betty Grable: her legs were insured for a million dollars by the studio! Here she can be seen having her makeup and hair done for her 1938 film College Swing.
11) Laurence Olivier
Here, Laurence Olivier can be seen getting briefed with his co-star Joan Fontaine by director Alfred Hitchcock on the set of Rebecca (1940).
12) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh earned her first Oscar for her work as Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939). She won her second Oscar for her role in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Here we can see her with co-star Marlon Brando on set.
13) Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart had a distinguished career in Hollywood. He even served in the US Army during WWII. He bagged larger roles working with director Frank Capra in movies such as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939) and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Here he can be seen on the set with director Alfred Hitchcock on Rear Window (1954).
14) Elizabeth Taylor
Here we can see Elizabeth Taylor taking a break from filming with actor James Dean on the set of Giant in 1955.
15) Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra’s work as an actor was almost as famous as his works as a singer. He won an Oscar for his role in From Here to Eternity (1953). Here we can see him with his co-star Montgomery Clift.
16) Robert Mitchum
Here, Mitchum (right) can be seen playing checkers with his co-star Richard Hart on the set of A Woman of My Own (1946).
17) Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth, one of the most beautiful women of her time, signed her first studio contract at age 16. Here, she can be seen on the set of The Lady from Shanghai (1947).
18) Clark Gable
Clark Gable’s personal life was as colorful as the characters he portrayed. Here, he’s on the set of Red Dust (1932).
19) Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper did his own stunts and was famous for his methodical delivery, natural acting abilities, and striking good looks. He won Oscars for his roles in Sergeant York (1941) and High Noon (1952). Here, he is seen reading passages from Hemingway’s book on which the movie was based during the shooting of A Farewell to Arms (1932).
20) Bette Davis
Bette Davis, just like her real-life personality, insisted on playing strong women characters during her career. She bagged Oscars for Dangerous (1935) and Jezebel (1938). Here we can see her resting during a break on the set of The Bride Came COD (1941).