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.



  1. artman2112 February 26, 2013

    Close to $50 for a Bright Lights still and it doesnt even feature Patricia Ellis on it?!?! i never heard of such insanity!!

    hehe j/k 😀

  2. admin February 26, 2013

    One day, an amazing photo of Dvorak & Ellis in Bright Lights will come up on ebay…and I will take you down! 😀

  3. artman2112 February 27, 2013

    i will let you enjoy your delusions…for now 😉

    i got taken down yesterday on a Clara Bow LC from 1927, a real beauty and the most i ever was willing to put out on a LC too, max bid $280. it sold for $285 🙁

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *