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    David, thanks so much for the Herculean task of scanning all of these Theatre magazines and sharing them with us! jane

THEATRE MAGAZINE Vol 49 (Jan-Jun 1929) Profdash    Mar 12, '10 8:19 PM
by David for group historicalziegfeld #243

Broadway enjoyed the last indulgent months before the Stock Market Crash of October 1929 with a healthy run of productions. THEATRE had gotten over its infatuation with film, confident that the rise of the talkies would lead to a situation in which the performers schooled in stage speech would dominate the shooting sets of Hollywood.

Russell Ball & Harold Dean Carsey remained the movie photographers of choice for the magazine, with William E. Thomas of Pathe running third. The editors of the journal came to rely on a quartet of photographers in 1929: Maurice Goldberg remained the reliable chronicler of dance & foreign fare; Nickolas Muray contributed dynamic portraits; Ben Pinchot took the place of Edward Thayer Monroe as the visual neoclassicist; Hal Phyfe supplied covers and half-lengths, including one of the two photographic masterworks published in this volume, the portrait of Basil Rathbone as Judas. Maurice Goldberg's multiple exposure modernist portrait of expressionist dancer Harold Kreutzberg was the other great image. Tommy Vandamm remained the chief supplier of production stills. Alfred Cheney Johnston as Don Diego remained the magazine's fashion photographer of choice.

The other noteworthy development in terms of visual display was the years fashion for oval portraits. Nineteen such images appear below.

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