The last week of April 1935, Warner Bros. told Ann Dvorak she would be traveling to San Francisco for a personal appearance at a premiere of G Men, her latest film starring James Cagney. She did not want to go and said she wouldn’t. However, being under contract and all, she really didn’t have much of an option – so off she went.
The San Francisco Examiner was on hand when she arrived in the city and snapped a few photos. As far as I can tell, the one of Ann exiting the train is the only one that actually ran in the paper, so the other two are previously unpublished.
Around 5 or 6 years ago, the photos from the San Francisco Examiner started being auctioned off on eBay and I acquired the original negatives from Ann’s trip up north. The shot of her standing on, what appears to be, the back of the train was posted in the auction description and has since shown up on other websites.
The negs are not in great condition, which is why the quality is a bit questionable. I am not proficient in online photo editing, but I am sure a guru could clean these up a bit. You have to admit that even though these images are not retouched, Ann looks beautiful and is putting on a movie star face, even though she does not want to be there.
Oh, there is one more of these photos not posted, which you will be able to view when a certain book comes out in November. In the meantime, enjoy these rare shots of Ann.