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 …
Tracy aka Gilby37 says
Love your site! This story is very cool. I love that fact that you sold this man a lobby card with the desk. Old Hollywood lives on through these great mementos!
Thanks Tracy! Oh, I didn’t sell it to him, I was watching it and considering bidding on it myself.
hey thanks for mentioning my blog and my Warren William post! you can bet i’ll be on the lookout for that awesome desk in other WB films from that period!
Thanks for spotting it, I’m almost sure we’ll see it again! Enjoy the Lobby Card!
Amazing what you can find out on Twitter! : )
I hope you’ll find time to display your WW collection in some way. Perhaps get them matted and framed, creating a nice wall display on one wall. Lobby cards are so colorful.
Just load them in the car, head down to Hobby Lobby (most affordable framing) pick out some matts, frames (Perhaps two per frame) then wait a week with excitement until they’re ready for display.
I thought I had an attention for detail but noticing a desk in different pictures is pretty amazing. I do find myself noticing continuity, scene mistakes a lot.
Well I subscribe to his blog in my reader too so I’m sure I would have spotted this eventually. I just happened to log into Twitter right after our friend @ClassicFilmRead posted the link so I caught it nice and fresh!
I’ve actually got my preferred framing here from a wholesale buy I made awhile back, so my laziness is worse than you expected. As it is the frames also gather dust 🙂
I’ll confess, I’m terrible at noticing things like this myself though now that it’s been brought to our attention I bet I wind up seeing it pop up in every movie I watch … not impossible since I play so many Warner/First National pre-codes here!
Bob Heise says
I often notice the same set furniture especially in early Warner Bros. talkies. It could be my design and collecting background but more likely the volume I watch 😛 Didn’t catch that desk though. Now I have an excuse to go watch them for the millionth time!
At least they’re all worth watching again, Bob! Thanks for the comment!
John Stangeland says
FANTASTIC pic of WW and GR from Goldiggers. Jealous, of course.
I tried to leave a post at woodandwhatnot, but I couldn’t get through the CAPTCHA code. Those things are the bane of my (virtual) existence. So, I’ll say it here – LOVE that desk! Super cool.
And, as to tiny details from big movies, here’s mine from The Maltese Falcon (1941):
In the scene where Spade goes down to see where Miles Archer was murdered, Bogie is talking to a cop at the railing near the ravine. On the building behind him is a poster for the film “Swing Your Lady,” (1938) starring Humphrey Bogart! Did Houston plaster it in there for fun? It’s not among Bogie’s best, but an interesting “B” diversion.
Thanks, John, I really love the Ginger and Warren pic and was prepared to go a lot higher on it so in my mind I got a bargain!
CAPTCHA … necessary evil. After I changed my theme here I suddenly began receiving about 80-100 spam comments every 12 hours or so. Installed CAPTCHA, now nada. I’ll be honest though, I hate it too.
i hate it too Cliff! i changed the settings on my blog so i have to moderate comments but i think the captcha is gone!
John i’m very sorry you werent able to comment, especailly as i started reading your WW book today! i’ll hve to keep my eyes peeled for that Swing Your Lady poster in the Falcon, i love seeing stuff like that!
Beginning to think “necessary evil” should be spelled out with awkwardly sized blurry letters of different colors. Damn Captcha!
Good news for Warren William fans — he will be part of the 2012 Summer Under The Stars on Aug. 30. Here’s the schedule (all times Eastern):
6 a.m. Bedside (1934)
7:15 a.m. The First Hundred Years (1938)
8:30 a.m. Wives Under Suspicion (1938)
9:45 a.m. The Mouthpiece (1931)
11:15 a.m. Skyscraper Souls (1932)
1 p.m. Three On a Match (1932)
2:15 p.m. The Match King (1932)
3:45 p.m. The Mind Reader (1933)
5 p.m. Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
6:45 p.m. Times Square Playboy (1936)
8 p.m. Lady For a Day (1933)
9:45 p.m. Cleopatra (1934)
11:45 p.m. Employees Entrance (1933)
1:15 a.m. The Case of the Howling Dog (1934)
2:45 a.m. Lone Wolf Spy Hunt (1939)
4 a.m. Arsene Lupin Returns (1938)
Nice early catch! And a FANTASTIC schedule, dare I say, perfect?!?! I’ll post it to the site later tonight so subscribers don’t miss this info. Wow!
oh man, today is WW day for me! i won another lobby card on ebay this afternoon, just finishd up watching the match king and now this!!! you can bet i’ll be taking the day off from work and running the dvd burner into OT on that day!! 3 of those films i have yet to see and several i have only on VHS-to-dvd transfers! thanks for the info!!!!
I’ve got them all but seriously need an upgrade on Bedside, which is a personal favorite. I haven’t done posted anything new over here the past few months but now I can see I’m going to have to cover a few more titles to be sure I have something up for each of these come August 30!