Collection Spotlight – “The Way to Love” Lobby Cards

Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 294

Ann Dvorak only made one film at Paramount during the pre-Code era, which is too bad because the lobby cards from this time period are gorgeous. There’s something about the color tinting and border graphics that just pop out. Here are the two cards I have for the 1933 feature The Way to Love co-starring Maurice Chevalier. The one above of Ann in full biting mode is one of my favorites and I plan on having a blow-up of it on display at the book launch party on November 12th.

Ann is on at least one other card from this set, so fingers crossed that it joins these two in the near future.


  1. Mike October 21, 2013

    You’re right about these lobby cards – so colorful & pleasing to the eye. Hope you find that third one.

    TCM airs other Chevalier Paramount movies – “The Smiling Lieutenant” is my favorite, thanks to the cast containing both Claudette Colbert & Miriam Hopkins – but can’t recall this title being shown. I often wonder about the agreements that TCM enters into with the holders to film rights. I know that they own the MGM, WB, RKO librairies, but I don’t think that’s true with the Paramount films. So based on whoever owns the titles, they maybe pay for a handful of showings? For example, two of my favorite Paramount comedies from the 30s – “Hands Across the Table” and “Easy Living”, were both aired when they iniitally became available on dvd. But since then, haven’t seen them reappear. Thankfully, I dvr’ed and saved.

    Anyway, “TWTL” is definitely on my Ann wish list.

  2. admin October 21, 2013

    I’m not sure what the deal is with Paramount films. I remember YEARS ago that AMC had a deal and would air Paramount films. No clue what the deal is now with airing along with DVD releases.

  3. artman2112 October 22, 2013

    most of Paramount’s backlog is owned by Universal. they purchased it sometime in the 1950’s for broadcasting on tv. this is to the best of my knowledge and off the top of my head so dont quote me on this. AMC did play lots of Paramount stuff but mostly from the 40’s and 50’s. i recall very very few of the more obscure 30’s films being played. AMC was a great channel though before the Zombies and Mad Men took over 🙁

    Christina Hendricks notwithstanding of course 😀

    nice LC’s btw, def not gonna find those on ebay in triplicate!

  4. admin October 22, 2013

    Thanks for the insight Paulie. Now that you mention it, I guess it was mainly 1940s Paramount flicks I was viewing on a pre-zombie AMC.

  5. JV October 23, 2013

    I’ve seen some film buffs call Universal the “Evil Empire” because of their stinginess in releasing Paramount’s early thirties’ films.

  6. artman2112 October 23, 2013

    with the success of Warner Archives you’d think someone who wears a suit and a tie and has a job would think hey maybe we can cash in on this too?

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