This book will delight anyone who is a fan of movies from the 1940s. It contains 163 photographs of 106 stars, taken by 34 photographers. The reproduction quality is quite good, and the compositions are often superb. The acting skills of the stars add to the allure of these images.
In the book's introduction, Mr. Kobal talks about how these were the "years of Old Hollywood's last stand." The images are "dreams reflected in the bathroom mirrors of their generation." He also talks about the role of the clothes designers and hairdressers in creating these glamorous, moody images.
Here are my favorites in the book:
By A.L. Schafer: Rita Hayworth, 1940; Olivia de Haviland, 1941; Loretta Young, 1940; Alan Ladd, 1942.
By Frank Powolny: Betty Grable, 1941; Marilyn Monroe, 1950.
By Robert Coburn: Gene Tierney, 1941.
By Scotty Welbourne: Ida Lupino, 1940; Humphrey Bogart, 1941; Lauren Bacall, 1946
By Clarence Sinclair Bell: Hedy Lamarr, 1941; Greta Garbo, 1941.
By William Walling: Fred MacMurray, 1940.
By Edward Cronenweth: Lena Horne, 1943.
By Ernest A. Bachrach: Dorothy McGuire, 1945; Claire Trevor, 1944; Jane Russell, 1946; Barbara Hale, 1946.
By Eric Carpenter: Ava Gardner, 1944.
By John Engstead: Lauren Bacall, 1951; Ingred Bergman, 1946; Marlon Brando, 1950.
By Laszlo Willinger: Susan Hayward, 1948.
By Bud Fraker: Gary Cooper, 1947.
As you can see, the book is dominated by the glamorous female stars. Most of these images are done in partial shadow to highlight the facial structure and emotions of the actress or actor. In some cases, sculptures are used to highlight certain physical features of the subject. In general, the reproduction quality is quite high.