Auto outing

What it is:

Photo measuring slightly more than 4.5 x 2.75 inches.

What I know about it:

Nothing!  Undated and unidentified.


Despite the awful creases down the right, I thought this was an image worth sharing.  For one thing, I think there’s an overall nice composition to it, the graceful curves of the bodies framed by the lines of the car.  And the content always makes me smile, the jaunty brio of these two people (a couple, shall we assume?) as they enjoy the car, each other, and the beautiful day (not to mention the rare delight of seeing the woman in the driver’s seat).

9 comments on “Auto outing”

  1. The man is very striking. He does not have a conventionally handsome face, but he has a noticeable presence reminiscent of Cagney or Welles. And I agree with you that it is nice to see the lady in the driver’s seat!

  2. Is that her arm around his waist? “Come on, baby!”

    I just saw an old Robert Mitchum/Jane Greer movie where he barged into her car and took over the driver’s seat as if it was his prerogative–and she let him! (Later she made up for it by driving them through a hair-raising high-speed chase, and disabling another car by fixing its wires.)

    • Yes, I see what you mean, and it probably is her hand next to his on his hip. It seems to be a classic pose-for-the-camera arrangement, except for the awkward fact that she’s seated in a car.

      Mitchum/Greer, was that “Out of the Past”? I remember loving that movie, though it’s been so many years since I’ve seen it that I’ve largely forgotten it. Guess it’s time for another viewing.

  3. “Out of the Past” is a great movie! Did you know that the awful ’80s movie, “Against All Odds” ,was a remake of it? Greer appeared as the mother of the female character. The only reason I watched it was because Widmark was in it.

    • I never saw “Against All Odds”. I think I may have known it was a remake, but I forgot. Fun that Greer appeared in it. And I think it’s time for you to do a Widmark blog. 😉

  4. The film I mentioned was called “The Big Steal.” (It wasn’t a sequel to “Out of the Past,” but reunited the team of Mitchum/Greer.) I didn’t think it was that great, but it has some nice shots of Mexico in the 40’s. Most of the extras look like they stepped out of a Diego Rivera painting, and I wondered if that was what people were really wearing in 1949, or if it was some art director’s idea of Mexico.

    I would read a Richard Widmark blog!

    • Thanks for the info, I’ll keep an eye out for that film. I’ve heard that if you want a good sense of period clothes, watch a movie from that period, but pay attention to the extras rather than the lead actors, since extras often wear their own clothes. But you’re right, it’s tricky when you’re dealing with something like a Hollywood version of Mexico, since you might be stuck with a fanciful notion of what people wore.

  5. I love to read other people’s blogs, like this one, but I don’t think I’m ready to start my own. Thanks, Matt and Harried Costumer, for the supportive comments! : )

    I’ll keep an eye out for “The Big Steal”. I read a Mitchum biography a while ago, so I’ll have to re-visit it to find more info. on that movie. The point about watching what the extras wear is a great suggestion!

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