I had absolutely no intention of posting to WarrenWilliam.com tonight but after a little snooze and a groggy perusal of my email I spotted reference to a new Warren William post by someone else on Twitter. I headed over, was blown away, and wanted to point you there as soon as possible if you hadn’t seen it yet.
Artman2112 of Art, Movies, Wood and whatnot … has been on a Warren William kick of late and spotted something similar in a few movies. I’ll be hazy on the details so you head over there but it seems that the same desk was used in Beauty and the Boss, Under Eighteen and the William Powell movie from the same period High Pressure (ironically a precursor to The Dark Horse). Photos comparing the beautiful piece of furniture from all 3 titles are up at Art, Movies, Wood and whatnot … with commentary.
The owner of that same site is also a collector and recently picked up a Beauty and the Boss lobby card (featuring the desk!) that had been on my own eBay Watch List. As I mention in the comments there I try to confine my Warren William collection to nothing bigger than a still photo, but this colorful piece had really tempted me. Doing my best not to succumb to total jealousy I’ll just say I was startled to see it snatched up the first time it was offered and, as mentioned by the new owner, with only one bid!
That said, it’s awesome that it found a nice home, somewhere it will be displayed, unlike here where my tiny handful of Warren lobby cards and movie posters are stacked in a pile gathering dust while I try to figure out how to best display them. Which in a nutshell is why I try not to buy the larger format items anymore. I’m a bit lazy when it comes to display!
I did pick up one new item for my Warren William collection recently, a still photo that may now be my favorite of those I own. (I do love this one of Warren with Marian Marsh in Beauty and the Boss though!)
It’s Warren William, Ginger Rogers and a fistful of cold hard cash from Gold Diggers of 1933. A promotional publicity shot that you won’t see in the movie anywhere, it offers a bit of an alternative Gold Diggers take showing how things might have gone had Warren not been so busy with Joan Blondell’s Carol! Love this one:
Fay Fortune may want to be careful what she wishes for because it looks like she winds up with a less distracted Paul Kroll/Kurt Anderson type Warren in that shot!
And once more: Warren William, Marian Marsh, William Powell and the DESK! at Art, Movies, Wood and whatnot …