Random Ann Dvorak Collectible – Arcade Card

Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 274

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My Ann Dvorak collection could probably be described as substantial. It mainly consists of photos, lobby cards, and posters, but I’ve also picked up a few odd ball items over the years. I think this is one of the more unique pieces.

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This card would have come out of machine at an arcade or some other place of amusement. I’m not sure if it would have been a machine with an animatronic fortune teller lady, like in the movie Big – but I sure hope so. On one side is a portrait of our Divine Ms. D and some biographical information. If that weren’t enough excitement, on the other side is a lengthy fortune stating the cardholder cares for all that is not abused and trampled upon by others.

Is there anything as cool as 1930s movie memorabilia?


  1. Cliff Aliperti October 1, 2013

    “Is there anything as cool as 1930s movie memorabilia?” As cool as? Maybe 1920s movie memorabilia.

    Nice, I scored the Warren William from this same set (big cards, aren’t they!) and regret not buying all the seller had to offer at the time because I haven’t seen any since. Glad you got, Ann!

  2. Mike October 1, 2013

    Now I realize that there are different levels of collecting, but really, your Ann collection could “probably” be described as substantial? That probably just has to come out. I would guess your collection of Ann memorabilia dwarfs any other. Have you ever reflected on the fact that you know more about Ann Dvorak than any other living creature on the planet?

    30s movie memorabilia rules, and I love looking at all the pictures. I think it would be dangerous to start with the collecting, because there is probably no stopping once you get into it. So I’ll settle for watching (and rewatching) the movies and reading about the stars/directors/studios of the period.

  3. admin October 1, 2013

    Cliff, I like the kookie 1920s items like the pennants, though the well-designed 1930s lobby cards trump all in my humble opinion.

    Now that you mention it, I think this may have been the only time I’ve seen the Ann card. I never realized they were such a rarity.

  4. admin October 1, 2013

    Oh yes, I realize that I may not be an expert on much of anything besides Ann Dvorak.

    Fortunately, I amassed most of collection when I was single with a disposable income. Not that Ann’s stuff costs very much, but because I was pretty much the lone collector, the sheer volume of items added up fast! It’s a very dangerous hobby indeed.

  5. Scott October 1, 2013

    Okay, this is not really on topic here, but …

    just watched “Double Indemnity” on TCM for the umpteenth time. Some time back our friend Mike referred to it as “one of those rare perfect films”. If anything, he may have been understating it.

    As was also mentioned previously, a lot of it was shot on location in the Los Angeles of 1943/1944. So I was really cognizant, this time, of trying to see if any of the other areas — besides the Philharmonic Auditorium — cited in ‘Ann Dvorak’s Los Angeles’ could, perhaps, be spotted in the background.

    I don’t think there was. But, damn! What a movie!

    Fred MacMurray was such a disreputable rat. But, you almost end up feeling sorry for him.


    By the way, Christina, Walter Neff’s apartment building in the film is still there today. 1825 North Kinglsey Drive in Hollywood. Know where that is? Is it anywhere near any of the ‘AD’s Los Angeles’ locations?

  6. admin October 2, 2013

    No, I don’t think those apartments are near any significant Ann-D locations, though she probably drove through the area!

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