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1948


Cry of the City,” 1948

Starring Richard Conte (two years before “Sleeping City”).
Directed by Robert Siodmak.
(Spoiler alert: Brief but important scene in a photographer’s studio.)

Is “Cry of the City” (1948), filmed, in part, on the streets on New York City, better than “Naked City” (1948), filmed on the streets of New York City… Would be a great double feature…


“Every Girl Should Be Married,” 1948, The best 10 seconds. (Unfortunately Weegee’s voice was dubbed.)


“Every Girl Should Be Married,” 1948, The best 10 seconds… now 1:23.


“Every Girl Should Be Married,” 1948, The best 10 seconds… now 3:29


“Every Girl Should Be Married,” 1948, The best 10 seconds… now 13:57

(Betsy Drake and Franchot Tone.)

MoMA, October 30, 1950: Steichen reads Weegee’s words: “…So I got tired of fashion and so I went to Hollywood. I’ve appeared in five pictures as a street photographer. The greatest bit of casting since Lassie.” [much laughter and applause]

“I also joined the Screen Actors’ Guild and became an actor. My first part was in the RKO production ‘Every Girl Should Be Married,’ with Cary Grant (with complete wardrobe of sports jackets), Betsy Drake, Franchot Tone, and Diana Lynn. I played the part of a street photographer.”
Weegee by Weegee, p. 101

IMG_9262-2 PM, April 5, 1948

“‘Select-O-Matic’ has capacity for 100 records, can play up to 14 hours without stop. Records are played vertically.” “Another step toward uninterrupted playing of photograph records over a long period has been taken… This machine holds up to 100 records and can play up to 14 hours with out a stop… The machine is actually a juke box with a well-devolped brain…”

Almost exactly a year ago, we made this great post about a recent ebay auction:

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Sold for $123.50

Sold as: “RARE 1940’s Original Photo VIRGINIA MAYO Portrait by WEEGEE”

Funny thing is, the caption on the back of the photo doesn’t say that Weegee made the photo. In the (great) caption there is a quote from Weegee, (“on account of them curves”) as an award presenter, not as the photographer. (That’s a curve or perhaps even a knuckleball…)
(There are photos of Weegee and Mayo, each holding a small movie camera, on the same set.)
Our opinion: the photo was not made by Weegee.
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Tonight, we make this great post:

Words and images from the ebay listing:
“RARE 1940’s Original Photo VIRGINIA MAYO Portrait by WEEGEE
a STUNNING example from “Naked City””

Genre: ORIGINAL PHOTO
Date of Image: 1940’s
Date of Issue: 1940’s
Subject: VIRGINIA MAYO
Issuer: Acme Newspictures
Size: 7″ x 9″
Comments:
“GINNY” by WEEGEE
A Vintage 1940’s ORIGINAL Photo featuring the beautiful Virginia Mayo as captured by the legendary photographer, Weegee. Born Arthur Fellig, the artist known for his stark black and white street photographs took his talents to Hollywood in the 1947 and over a four year period produced some of the most stunning images of cinema’s leading stars (click HERE for link more info).

Offered is a RARE period photograph of one of those works from Weegee. This 7″ x 9″ photograph from Acme Newspictures was issued on July 8, 1948 and its a striking portrayal of “Ginny”, clearly demonstrating Weegee’s mastery of light and shadow. The Sultan of Morocco once declared Mayo’s beauty to be proof of the existence of God. Well, here is the quintessential photo of the voluptuous Hollywood beauty – like a pinup painting coming to life !”

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Sold for $260.00

What exactly does the caption on back of this photo say:
“MISS THIRD DIMENSION”
HOLLYWOOD: Magazine Photographer’s Association members have named movie star Virginia Mayo, “MISS THIRD DIMENSION”.
Representing the organization, and making the award, “Weegee,” noted photographer, whose camera depictions of New York have become legendary, declared that Miss Mayo is the girl who looks best to the third dimensional lens he is now demonstrating in Hollywood, “On account of them curves.”
NY 1-2-3-4-5 CAN FOR
Credit (ACME) 7-8-48 (SM)”

The caption doesn’t say that Weegee is the photographer who made the photo. He is the noted photographer who is “representing the organization, and making the award.”

We’ve never seen this on a Weegee photo:
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Our opinion: the photo was not made by Weegee.