Fabulous Four Witches, 1941
Here we have four, fabulous Paramount starlets, thrown together for this Halloween press photo. All four were early in their career (thus “starlets“) but the four did not appear in any single Paramount film together. Of the four, three had long careers and two achieved significant fame. Read the shout and guess who appeared in the most films:
And the date calls for the traditional observance.
So Here we have Paramount starlets Barbara Britton, Ella Neal, Eva Gabor and Katherine Booth for the event.
Eva Gabor, the “good Gabor” among the three Gabor sisters, only married and divorced five times. Apparently, “Marriage is too interesting an experiment to be tried only once”! (Eva is the blonde above, right.)
There are some interesting details in the photo. Note the masks on the ground at the front two of our starlets. Here we have an echo of the “OMG the hag is a hottie” theme (which I discussed here and here).
The JOL above is one of two candy containers, decorated cardboard horns etc, which are all very nice too—if you can drag your eyes away from all that silk and starlet skin on show. No doubt the Advertising Advisory Council of Hollywood Approved of this photographic enticement to a roll in the hay with a leggy witch (or four) on the basis that it was morale-boosting.
This press photo was released on 12 August 1941, rather early in the year for Halloween, and pretty much the nadir of WW2 for the Allies. It was at the time when Axis-controlled territory in Europe was a its “maximal expansion” (as Wikipedia puts it). So, if Paramount thought the Allies need a morale boost, they were almost certainly right!