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A 1943 group photo of 65 movie stars

May 11, 2012 By Abraham

This is a promotional photo of many of the actors under contract with MGM at the studio’s 20th birthday party…

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Here’s who we’re looking at…

1st Row: James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Katharine Hepburn, Louis B Mayer, Greer Garson, Irene Dunne, Susan Peters, Ginny Simms, Lionel Barrymore

2nd Row: Harry James, Brian Donlevy, Red Skelton, Mickey Rooney, William Powell, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Taylor, Pierre Aumont, Lewis Stone, Gene Kelly, Jackie Jenkins

3rd Row: Tommy Dorsey, George Murphy, Jean Rogers, James Craig, Donna Reed, Van Johnson, Fay Bainter, Marsha Hunt, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Robert Benchley

4th Row: Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Keenan Wynn, Diana Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Esther Williams, Ann Richards, Marta Linden, Lee Bowman, Richard Carlson, Mary Astor

5th Row: Blanche Ring, Sara Haden, Fay Holden, Bert Lahr, Frances Gifford, June Allyson, Richard Whorf, Frances Rafferty, Spring Byington, Connie Gilchrist, Gladys Cooper

6th Row: Ben Blue, Chill Wills, Keye Luke, Barry Nelson, Desi Arnaz, Henry O’Neill, Bob Crosby, Rags Ragland

(via Kottke)


  1. Katie Foley Fitch says:

    Judy Garland is missing but I think I got a little more than half (Including Mayer)

  2. Troy says:

    Looking into the back rows and seeing the cowardly lion was great, and having lucy in the front row and her husband to be desi in the back row is great, lol. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall for the conversation between Red Skelton and Mickey Rooney, two actors who could say alot without saying anything. And does anyone think that Hedy Lamarr & Greer Garson look upset that they were asked to do this.

  3. Caleb says:

    I think I would recognize more actors and actresses if the photo were in black and white. :D It’s really neat to see all of those wonderful people from a bygone era.

  4. Tom1969ca says:

    Looks like Spencer Tracy just walked in from shooting “A Guy Named Joe” (which was remade by Speilberg as “Always”). Also in that film was Van Johnson, seated right behind him.

    Also, Jimmy Stewart’s uniform is not from the wardrobe department; he flew over 20 bomber missions over Germany during WW2, remained in the Air Force Reserve until 1968 (retiring as a Brigadier General) and even participated in one combat mission over Vietnam (as an observer aboard a B-52).

  5. Aneesah says:

    Ohh, I was excited by how many of the stars I recognized from Hollywood film classics (thanks TCM!). This REALLY isn’t a good photo for Greer Garson at all–she was a lovely woman, one of my favs but she looks so tired and worn in this pic. I wonder if she was busy on the set of a movie when they called her in to take the pic, that would explain a lot. On the other hand, REALLY good picture of Marjorie Main, I almost didn’t recognize her because she looks quite pretty, a definite change from the “plain jane” she plays in most of her movies. Sadly, this pic is sorely lacking a lot of MGM’s major players like Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy, Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford. . .and WHERE THE HECK IS JUDY????

  6. CK says:

    I have a vintage original copy of this picture (framed). It is slightly off of this picture though (a different shot) Katheryn Hepburn is turned to the side looking at Louis B. Mayer and Spencer Tracey is leaning over looking at Katheryn with a little smirk on his face. It is a very old original photograph (not a copy) I love it!!

  7. david henschel says:

    I would like to know more about this famous photograph. In which part of the studio was it taken, or does this particular room still exist. Can it be seen when taking a tour of the old mgm studio?

  8. Linda says:

    Love this picture. That’s when Hollywood had class.

    But the most important person of all is missing. WHERE IS JUDY?!

  9. Cromwell says:

    Amazing photograph, but there is another that included a larger group of MGM stars. Very sad that the only one in this group shot still alive is Mickey Rooney. The rest are now stars in heaven.

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