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Captain Rick: Enjoy photos of famous stars with their classic cars from the early 1900’s. Part 3 of this series includes photos of Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, Jimmy Stewart, Ginger Rogers, Cecil B. De Mille, Rita Hayworth, Bing Crosby, Cary Grant, John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara and their classic cars including Lincoln Continental, Cadillac, Plymouth, Dodge, Cord, Oldsmobile, Buick and a 1914 Stutz Bearcat.

image  Robert Montgomery with his Cadillac Sport Phaeton – Robert was an American film and television actor, director and producer.

image  Joan Crawford in her 1933 Ford Roadster – Joan was an American dancer and stage chorine, who later became a noted, Oscar-winning film and television actress

image  James “Jimmy” Stewart with his 1930s Plymouth – Jimmy was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many films widely considered classics.

image  Ginger Rogers with her 1937 Dodge – Ginger was an American actress, dancer and singer who appeared in films, and on stage, radio, and television.

image  Cecil B. De Mille with his 1937 Cord – Cecil was an American film director and film producer in both silent and sound films. De Mille began his career as a stage actor in 1900. He later moved on to writing and directing stage productions.

image  Rita Hayworth with her 1941 Lincoln Continental – Rita was an American dancer and film actress who achieved fame during the 1940s as one of the era’s top stars.

image  Bing Crosby giving rides around the studio lot in his 1939 Oldsmobile Coupe Convertible – Bing was an American singer and actor. Crosby’s trademark bass-baritone voice made him one of the best-selling recording artists of the 20th century, with over half a billion records in circulation.

image  Cary Grant sitting on the fender of his 1941 Buick Century – Cary was an English stage and Hollywood film actor who became an American citizen in 1942. Known for his transatlantic accent, debonair demeanor and “dashing good looks”, Grant is considered one of classic Hollywood’s definitive leading men.

image  John Wane and Maureen O’Hara in a 1914 Stutz Bearcat – John was an American film actor, director and producer. An Academy Award-winner, Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. Maureen was an Irish film actress and singer. The famously red-headed O’Hara has been noted for playing fiercely passionate heroines with a highly sensible attitude. She often worked with director John Ford and longtime friend John Wayne.

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Captain Rick: Joan Crawford stands on the running board of her 1932 Cadillac Fleetwood in an image I restored with new sharpness and detail for full-screen viewing on an HDTV.

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Joan Crawford (March 23, 1904 – May 10, 1977) was an American dancer and stage chorine, who later became a noted, Oscar-winning film and television actress.

Starting as a dancer in traveling theatrical companies before debuting as a chorine (a chorus girl) on Broadway, Crawford signed a motion picture contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1925. During the 1930s Crawford often played hardworking young women who find romance and success. These "rags-to-riches" stories were well received by Depression-era audiences and were popular with women. Crawford became one of Hollywood’s most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money and by the end of the 1930s she was labeled "Box Office Poison". But her career gradually improved in the early 1940s, and she made a major comeback in 1945 by starring in Mildred Pierce, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Joan Crawford was voted the tenth greatest female star in the history of American cinema by the American Film Institute.

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Captain Rick: Enjoy photos of famous stars with their classic cars from the early 1900’s. Part 2 of this series includes photos of Joan Crawford, Al Jolson, Jean Harlow, Gary Cooper, William Powell, Buck Jones, Errol Flynn and Tyrone Power with their classic cars including Duesenbergs and others.

image  Joan Crawford and her 1930 Cadillac Fleetwood – Joan was an American dancer and stage chorine, who later became a noted, Oscar-winning film and television actress

image  Al Jolson with his Mercedes – Al was a Jewish Lithuanian-born American singer, film actor, and comedian. At the peak of his career, he was dubbed “The World’s Greatest Entertainer”.

image  Jean Harlow with her Cadillac – Jean was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s

image  William Powell admires Gary Cooper’s Duesenberg – Gary, sitting on the driver seat back, was an American film actor who found success in a number of film genres, including westerns, crime, comedy and drama. William, with foot on the running board, was an American actor.

image  Buck Jones with his 1933 Packard Special – Buck was an American motion picture star of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, known for his work starring in many popular western movies

image  Errol Flynn in his Auburn Roadster – Errol was an Australian actor who was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his playboy lifestyle. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1942.

image  Tyrone Power with his Duesenberg – Tyrone was an American film and stage actor who appeared in dozens of films from 1930s to the 1950s, often in swashbuckler roles or romantic leads.

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Captain Rick: Clark Gable confidently stands in a suit with one foot on the running board and an arm resting on the window sill of his 1932 Packard in an image I restored with new sharpness and detail for full-screen viewing on an HDTV.

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William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960) was an American film actor, often regarded as The King of Hollywood or just simply as The King. Gable began his career as a stage actor and appeared as an extra in silent films between 1924 and 1926, and progressed to supporting roles with a few films for MGM in 1931. The next year he landed his first leading Hollywood role and became a leading man in more than 60 motion pictures over the next three decades.

Gable was arguably best known for his role as Rhett Butler in the epic Gone with the Wind (1939), for which he received his third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was also nominated for leading roles in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), and he won for It Happened One Night (1934).

Gable appeared opposite some of the most popular actresses of the time. Joan Crawford, who was his favorite actress to work with, was partnered with Gable in eight films; Myrna Loy worked with him seven times, and he was paired with Jean Harlow in six productions. He also starred with Lana Turner in four features, and with Norma Shearer and Ava Gardner in three each. Gable’s final film, The Misfits (1961), united him with Marilyn Monroe (also in her last screen appearance). He was named the seventh greatest male actor of all time by the American Film Institute.

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Captain Rick: Enjoy photos of famous stars with their classic cars from the early 1900’s. Part I of this series includes photos of Joan Crawford, Lillian Harvey, Johnny Weissmuller, Clark Gable and a 1919 Pierce Arrow, 1926 Auburn Roadster, 1929 Ford Town Car, 1932 Packard, 1932 Chevrolet and several other stars and classic cars.

image  Fatty Arbuckle and his 1919 Pierce Arrow – “Fatty” was an American silent film actor, comedian, director, and screenwriter

image  Erich Von Stroheim and his Cadillac – Erich was an Austrian director, actor and producer, most notable as being a film star of the silent era, subsequently noted as an auteur for his directorial work

image  Harold Lloyd and wife Mildred Davis with their Buick – Harold was an American film actor and producer, most famous for his silent comedies

image  Lincoln Theodore Monroe Andrew Perry, AKA Stepin Fetchit, with his Cadillac Phaeton – he was an American comedian and film actor

image  Joan Crawford with her 1929 Ford Town Car – Joan was an American dancer and stage chorine, who later became a noted, Oscar-winning film and television actress

image  Babe Ruth receiving a 1926 Auburn Roadster as a gift – “Babe”, nicknamed “the Bambino” and “the Sultan of Swat”, was an American baseball outfielder and pitcher who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, from 1914 to 1935

image  Lillian Harvey and her Mercedes – Lilian was a British-born actress and singer, long-based in Germany, where she is best known for her role as Christel Weinzinger in Erik Charell’s 1931 film Der Kongreß tanzt

image  Johnny Weissmuller with his 1932 Chevrolet – Johnny Weissmuller was an Austro-Hungarian-American competition swimmer and actor best known for playing Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s

image  Laurel and Hardy in their 1930 Buick Phaeton – Laurel and Hardy were a comedy double act during the early Classical Hollywood era of American cinema

image  Clark Gable with his 1932 Packard – Clark was an American film actor, often regarded as The King of Hollywood or just simply as The King. Gable was arguably best known for his role as Rhett Butler in the epic Gone with the Wind (1939), for which he received his third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.

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