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Throwback Thursday: Garbo, John Wayne, Laurel & Hardy

Throwback Thursday: Garbo, John Wayne, Laurel & Hardy

Welcome to a new weekly feature where we’ll be reprinting
vintage movie ads. I can’t get enough of these, and I hope you’ll share my
enthusiasm as we step back in time. Today we visit San Jose, California for a
pair of ads that appeared some months apart: on the left, from August of 1935,
John Wayne takes second billing to Laurel & Hardy in his first starring
feature for Republic Pictures. (In fact, Westward
Ho!
was the very first Republic release.) The second ad is from Christmas
week of 1934 at another Fox Theatre in downtown San Jose. The Garbo film played
on a single bill, but the short subjects got notice in the ad lest anyone think
they weren’t getting their money’s worth. And see how MGM promoted Garbo’s
wardrobe by Adrian, clearly appealing to female moviegoers. 

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