Collection Spotlight: “Bright Lights” Behind the Scenes
Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 57
I have over 1,200 original Ann Dvorak photos in my personal collection, and there are a handful that stick out as favorites. This is one of them. It’s from the opening scene of the 1935 Warner Bros. comedy Bright Lights. Star Joe E. Brown is easy to spot in the light suite and holding up luggage, while a slightly visible Ann can be spotted on the back of the train. Busby Berkeley was the director of Bright Lights, and that’s him in the middle of the photo wearing a white sweater and cap, surrounded by his crew.
I found this one at a paper in show in London in July 2005. With the currency conversion, I probably paid close to 50 bucks for it, but considering I have never seen it again, I think it was worth it.