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:

Well, Hobble My Goblins, It’s Halloween Again

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.

And the answer: Barbara Britton (51 titles on IMdB + a star on the Walk of Fame), Ella Neal (16 titles), Eva Gabor (79 titles + a star on the Walk of Fame) and Katharine Booth (61 titles).

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!

2 Responses to “Fabulous Four Witches, 1941”

  1. VaxGhost Says:

    August, 1941? The US wasn’t an “Ally” yet and war time “morale boosts” were in the future. The US was nominally at peace until December. And since this photo was for probably domestic consumption, I don’t really think WWII had much to do with it.

  2. redwitch1 Says:

    Vax, I wasn’t actually including the US in the Allies. My impression is that Hollywood was catering to the Allies long before the US joined up, creating films for consumption OS as well as at home. Also, since the world was at war, and the US were gearing up for war, you might call it the zeitgeist, the spirit of the times.

    But, since Halloween was still a mostly-US affair, you could be right, that there was no morale boosting going on. But, if you are right, why release a Halloween-themed press-photo in August: a quarter of a year early?


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