13 Gloriously Kitschy Photos of Classic Hollywood Stars Off the Set

New book captures vintage stars barbecuing, bowling, and hanging out at Disneyland
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Celebrities of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s walked the red carpet, hung out in the hot clubs, and coddled their tiny dogs as much as they do today but they looked so much better doing it. The new book Hollywood at Play: The Lives of the Stars Between Takes is like flipping through a compact photo album of vintage photos of actors having fun barbecuing, bowling, and hanging out at Disneyland.

Joan Crawford at home with her two poodles

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Jane Powell on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

The vast trove of pictures comes from the collection of Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee, a holdout video store in the valley specializing in classic films. Historians Mary Mallory and Stephen X. Sylvester have penned exhaustive tomes on studio lots and the history of the Hollywood Sign, so it’s mildly disappointing when some captions reveal little more than the actor was simply “out on the town.”

Audrey Hepburn bicycling around the Paramount lot in 1954

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Doris Day and Cary Grant in the pool at the Fairmont Hotel in Santa Monica, 1962

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Augmenting the images with ephemera from classic entertainment venues like the Florentine Gardens and Sunset Bowling Center go a long way towards illuminating the hotspots from the golden age of Hollywood.

Entertainment in 1930s and 40s Hollywood

Photographs courtesy Hollywood Heritage museum

Matchbooks from Hollywood hotspots of the 1930s and 40s

Photographs courtesy Hollywood Heritage museum

The rare color images of boating, surfing, and poolside shenanigans look like they were shot for fan magazines and haven’t been seen in generations. So, go ahead and slather on the sunscreen and let’s go play with the stars.

Elizabeth Taylor at the pool in 1954

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Young Clint Eastwood working out

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Robert Taylor practices golf in his backyard

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Humphrey Bogart plays chess with his two Scotty dogs in the late 1930s

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Charlton Heston checks out a scoped bolt action rifle with a friend

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Shirley Temple and Guy Madison after a game of tennis in 1944

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

An extra on the set of “The Ambushers” gives Dean Martin a ride on her Vespa scooter

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Robert Mitchum bicycling at the beach circa 1948

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh go boating

Photograph courtesy Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee

 

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