Thursday, May 14, 2015
“More Stars than There are in Heaven”: The Immortal, Wartime, Color MGM Photo
Based on the very real U.S. Army Air Force uniform Jimmy Stewart is wearing, and the stage one, presumably form A Guy Named Joe that Spencer Tracy is wearing, I’ll wager a guess that this picture was shot in 1943, at the height of MGM’s popularity, profitability, and power.
Seating arrangement, and list of names, thanks to the WOW Report.
1st Row: James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Katharine Hepburn, Louis B. Mayer, Greer Garson, Irene Dunne, Susan Peters, Ginny Simms, Lionel Barrymore
2nd Row: Harry James, Brian Donlevy, Red Skelton, Mickey Rooney, William Powell, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Taylor, Pierre Aumont, Lewis Stone, Gene Kelly, Jackie Jenkins
3rd Row: Tommy Dorsey, George Murphy, Jean Rogers, James Craig, Donna Reed, Van Johnson, Fay Bainter, Marsha Hunt, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Robert Benchley
4th Row: Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Keenan Wynn, Diana Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Esther Williams, Ann Richards, Marta Linden, Lee Bowman, Richard Carlson, Mary Astor
5th Row: Blanche Ring, Sara Haden, Fay Holden, Bert Lahr, Frances Gifford, June Allyson, Richard Whorf, Frances Rafferty, Spring Byington, Connie Gilchrist, Gladys Cooper
6th Row: Ben Blue, Chill Wills, Keye Luke, Barry Nelson, Desi Arnaz, Henry O’Neill, Bob Crosby, Rags Ragland
[Among the distinguished (absentees?): Judy Garland, Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Robert Montgomery, Lana Turner, Laraine Day, Robert Young, Ann Sothern.]