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Monday, July 20, 2009

The Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties of 1917

We recently acquired a copy of A Pictorial history of The Silent Screen at GlamourSplash and it is filled with wonderful black and white photos, an I mean filled! We'll be sharing some of them with you this week.

This post focuses on the Mack Sennett Bathing Beauties of 1917. The Sennett Bathing Beauties were pin-up girls for the doughboys of the First World War. Gloria Swanson, Marie Prevost, Phyllis Havener and Mary Thurman were Sennett bathing girls at this time. Roscoe Arbuckle, now more formally known as "Fatty" Arbuckle left Sennett to make his own comedies at paramount. With Arbuckle in this set up were two clever acrobatic comedians, Buster Keaton and Al St. John. Before the year was out, Sennett was making his Keystone comedies for paramount. Charlie Murray, Ben Turpin, Louise Fazenda, Chester Conklin, and Teddy and Pepper, a dog and cat, were now the chief Keystone comics.

Gloria Swanson and Phyllis Haver

Gloria Swanson

Marie Prevost

Phyllis Haver

I think tomorrow I'll share more Gloria Swanson photo's with you. She is so beautiful!


freudian slips vintage said...

Great post! We've just 'tagged' you on our blog, please don't feel obliged to take part, but if you'd like to it's fun....x

Amanda said...

I love the bathing beauties. How did Mack Sennet find such fabulous ladies?

Glamoursurf said...

ohh, I've been tagged, of to take a look and thanks!

Amanda, aren't they gorgeous? I would have loved to live in the 20's.