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Two years, one hundred weekly columns... This Friday, I owe you something special.

Paulette Goddard, getting into her husband's (Charlie Chaplin) Rolls-Royce Phantom II, invites you to ride with the stars. Just to make things clear: today I didn't browse through dozens of web pages and my own archive folders to prepare this column. Instead, I simply borrowed the stuff from an awesome thread of the friendly forum. Let's go!

For strarters, some 20s glamour:

Fatty Arbuckle and his 1919 Pierce Arrow

Erich Von Stroheim and his Cadillac

Harold Lloyd and wife Mildred Davis with their Buick

Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry aka Stepin Fetchit with his Cadillac Phaeton

Joan Crawford with her 1929 Ford Town Car

Babe Ruth receiving a 1926 Auburn Roadster as a gift

And now - to 30s and 40s!

Lilian Harvey and her Mercedes

Johnny Weissmuller with his 1932 Chevrolet

Clark Gable with his 1932 Packard

Laurel and Hardy in their Buick 1930 Series 30 Model 30-45 phaeton

Joan Crawford (again) and her 1930 (or 1931) Cadillac Fleetwood

Carl Brisson behind the wheel of his 1934 Isotta Fraschini

Al Jolson with his Mercedes

Jean Harlow with her Cadillac

William Powell admires Gary Cooper's Duesy

Buck Jones with his 1933 Packard Special (some sources say: 1936 Cadillac)

Errol Flynn driving his Packard...

... and Auburn Roadster

Tyrone Power with his Duesenberg...

... and post-war Jaguar

Robert Montgomery with his Cadillac Sport Phaeton

Joan Crawford (yes, again!) driving her 1934 Ford roadster

James Stewart with his Plymouth

Ginger Rogers and her 1937 Dodge

Norwegian Olympic figure-skating champion, and Hollywood star Sonja Henie, posing with her Cord 810

Cecil B deMille with his 1937 Cord

Rita Hayworth with her 1941 Lincoln Continental

Bing Crosby giving rides around the studio lot in his 1939 Olds coupe convertible

Cary Grant parked on the fender of his 1941 Buick Century

And finally, some double-retro:

John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara in a 1914 Stutz Bearcat

I believe it will be most appropriate to express my most sincere gratitude to Tome Wilson who invented this column and to everyone who encouraged me to continue. The ride goes on. See you next Friday.

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Comment by lord_k on February 10, 2012 at 5:07pm

Dear Elmo,

you can visit the Fedora Lounge to see some more photos (of lesser quality maybe). Besides, a Google image search for "Fatty Arbuckle Pierce Arrow" brings a surprisingly high number of results. I'll be happy to help you with any particular car/person. And I always wondered what it was like to grow up in a movie theater.

Comment by Elmo E Wagner on February 10, 2012 at 4:50pm

I grew up in a movie theater during the '30s and '40s.  The combination of the "great ones" from the past, along with their prized possessions, put me on a "high" more so than "four fingers" of white lightning in a mason jar.  The nostalgia was awesome.  Are there more photos?  Long live the classics -- people and wheels. elmoeddie

Comment by Highball on January 22, 2012 at 10:06am

Thanks for straightening me out.  My erroneous assumption was based on his face being clearly focused, while his hands and the steering wheel are not.  Cheers!

Comment by Ignat Solovey on January 22, 2012 at 3:31am

@Highball
No, it is not photoshopped. It's just proper use of lighting, and they were keen about that in Hollywood  that time

Comment by Highball on January 21, 2012 at 7:21pm

Anyone besides me think that the photo of Flynn in the Packard appears to be Photoshopped?

Comment by lord_k on January 10, 2012 at 11:46am

To Elvisrocks59:

My pleasure!

Comment by Elvisrocks59 on January 10, 2012 at 11:43am

That 1933 Packard Special is outstanding. Thanks for posting 

Comment by Mark Anthony Henderson on January 7, 2012 at 10:08am

Beautiful collection of pictures.

Comment by barron pilgrim on January 4, 2012 at 4:06pm

i loved the john wayne photo and his favorite leading lady, thanks barron pilgrim.

Comment by Dieter Marquardt on August 6, 2011 at 2:05am
100! Congratulations and thanks for the article more than worthy for the occasion.

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