Great Original 8" x 10" black & white Photograph DIRECT from the HAL ROACH Archives, HOLLYWOOD California. This Photo shows actor Brian Aherne WITH PRESS SNIPE STILL ATTACHED TO THE BACK!!! It's a publicity photo for the 1938 comedy film motion picture,
Merrily We Live
Norman Z. McLeod
Screenplay by Eddie Moran and Jack Jevne
A cynical writer (Brian Aherne), unwittingly infiltrates a loony house of philanthropists. Mrs. Emily Kilbourne (Billie Burke) runs a household that, due to her charitable nature, is as much a loony-bin as happy home. When he joins the menage, Aherne falls head over heels in love with the eldest daughter, played by Constance Bennett.
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Delightfully zany screwball comedy- one of the last and one of the best.
The entire cast included:
E. Wade Rawlins
Grosvenor - the Butler
Mrs. Emily Kilbourne
George W. Jones
Senator Willie Harlan
Photo is in Great shape for it's age, It is OVER 70 years old! It's a unique item direct from the HAL ROACH Studios. ALL ORIGINAL!
MORE INFO ON HAL ROACH: Hal Roach was born in Elmira, New York in 1892. After working as, among other things, a gold prospector, he wound up in Hollywood and began picking up jobs as an extra in comedies, where he met comedian Harold Lloyd. He began producing, directing and writing a series of short film comedies starring Lloyd around 1915. These were quite successful, and Roach started his own production company and eventually bought his own studio. By the early 1920s he had eclipsed Mack Sennett as the King of Comedy and created many of the most memorable comic series of all time, even by today's standards. These include the team of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, Charley Chase and The Little Rascals. By the late 1930s Roach's formula for success was jeopardized by audience demands for bigger, feature-length productions, and he was forced to try his hand at making full-length screwball comedies, musicals and dramas, although he still kept turning out two-reel comedies. By the 1950s he was producing mainly for television. In 1983 his company developed the first successful digital colorization process. Roach then became a producer for many TV series on the Disney Channel, and his company still produces most of their films and videos. Finding anything ORIGINAL on Thelma Todd or from the Hal Roach Studios is extremely RARE so don't let this one pass you by! A Fantastic find for the TRUE Thelma Todd, Parsy Kelly or Hal Roach collector!
MORE INFO ON BRIAN AHERNE: Brian Aherne was an Oscar-nominated anglo-American stage and screen actor who was one of the top cinema character actors in the 1930s, '40s and '50s. Born on May 2, 1902 in England, Aherne's performed as an actor as a child. He made his debut as an adult with the company that would evolved into the world-famous Birmingham Repertory Theatre when he was 18 years old. Three years later, he made his debut in London's West End, the English equivalent in Broadway.
After his experience in Birmingham, Aherne had studied architecture, but a life as an actor was too strong to resist, so he had returned to the theater in 1923. For the next eight years, he toured the provinces and appeared in the West End in various productions. In 1931, he made his Broadway debut playing Robert Browning in The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934). He alternated between the New York and London stage in the early 1930s.
Aherne made his movie debut in 1924, and by the mid-1930s, he moved to Hollywood. In 1940, he was nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for Juarez (1939) for playing the Emperor Maximillian.
Brian Aherne published his autobiography in 1969, and 10 years later, he published a biography of his friend George Sanders, entitled "A Dreadful Man." He died of heart failure on February 10, 1983 in Venice, Florida. He was 83 years old.