March 20, 2005

Star Cards - 4

Someone was kind enough to scan and post a whole heap of Players Cigarette cards. This particular set of 85 cards is of Actresses, and were released during the late 1930's (from clues like "her latest film was...").

I'll post one of these every once in a while, with a couple of simple links to or a bio if I can find one. You might be surpirsed at some of the familiar names you'll see. The category is "Star Cards" (over on the right column), and you can click there at any time to see all that I've posted. Hope you enjoy.

(in the extended entry)

(click for superstar size)


Tala Birell was born Natalie Bierl in Romania. She performed as movie double for Marlene Dietrich before coming to the US with the wave of European actresses imported by studios looking for the "next Greta Garbo". She made over 40 movies before fading into obscurity.

Looking over her filmography, I saw that she played in The Monster Maker. I just happen to have that movie but hadn't had a chance to see it yet, so I watched it last night. She was lovely (as expected) and gave a solid performance.

Forty movies, I'd call that a successful career.

Posted by Ted at March 20, 2005 09:46 AM
Category: Star Cards

I was just checking out that link to "Monster" and was scoping out the imdb site and noticed another movie she was in that was one of my faves."Bringing Up Baby".I have not a clue as to why but the one time I watched it I laughed my ass off.I may have to watch it again.

Posted by: Russ at March 23, 2005 07:49 PM
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