And Here's a Silent Film Actress Posing All Casually Scandalous

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We’ve seen so many Old Hollywood actresses posing demurely at their vanities, tweaking their hairdos or adjusting their makeup. Today, let’s do a little something different.

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This is Estelle Clark, circa 1924, “as she appears” in MGM’s So This Is Marriage? According to the very scanty IMDB entry for the silent film, she played a maid. (Tagline also via IMDB: “Don’t Change Your Husbands When Crossing the Stream!”) No idea why a publicity shot for somebody playing a relatively minor character is still floating around Getty Images. And your guess why she’s so scantily dressed is as good as mine; according to Wikipedia nobody’s seen a copy since a 1967 vault fire at MGM.

Photo via General Photographic Agency/Getty Images.


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MsMonochrome

Related note: Her scantily clad-ness probably has nothing to do with the plot of the film anyway.....in any film made before 1945 or so, a secondary or attractive character getting dressed/undress to allow a peek more skin than was technically allowed, was totally a thing.

It just so happens a semi plot relevant conversation on the telephone happens while the lady is getting dressed or in a bath. The backstage scenes of films set in a theater happening to be when the character needs a costume change, etc.

Sorry, I always end up nerding out on the old Hollywood post on here. I shall slink to the back of the cafeteria now, with my fellow geeks.