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Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 09. Dezember, 15:47 Uhr

Harry “Heinie” Cooper and June Preisser get ready to ride their ski-bikes down the MGM slopes. A still from the studio’s 1939 “specialty,” the short “Ski-Birds.” Let it snow! Here’s the snipe: ON TWO BICYCLES BUILT FOR SKIING… Heinie Cooper, champion skier, and June Preisser, young Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer actress, are all set for a ride through the snow on their snow-bikes, one of the skiing...

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 15. Dezember, 16:00 Uhr

Ron Howard, in his first adult role, rides a 1940s vintage bike in a scene from the 1974 ABC Movie of the Week, Locusts, in which a swarm of same terrifies a small Montana faming community. The U.S. is in the midst of World War II, but Howard’s Danny Fletcher, a Navy pilot, returns home, relieved of duty for “psychological reasons.”

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 06. Dezember, 17:00 Uhr

Burgess Meredith pedals around RKO Radio Pictures’ backlot. It’s 1936 and the 29-year-old actor is making his film debut: Winterset, an adaptation of the Maxwell Anderson Broadway hit likewise starring Meredith. Photo: Fred A. Parrish Here’s the snipe: “No wonder Burgess Meredith likes films, because you certainly can’t do this down the aisle of a theater! The young Broadway star is shown...

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 12. Dezember, 21:49 Uhr

Be-gowned and be-pearled on the Paramount backlot, Jill St. John rides a Monark Silver King — with a Bonanza production truck parked behind her. It’s 1963, and St. John has three films in the theaters that year: Come Blow Your Horn, Who’s Minding the Store and Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed?

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 28. November, 16:45 Uhr

Howard Duff contemplates the Pacific, on bike, 1951. The actor starred in Universal Picture’s The Lady from Texas that year. Photo: Arnold Johnson. Here’s the snipe: Howard Duff with bicycle at Malibu Beach. He borrows the bike because the exercise seems to strengthen the leg he broke.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 30. November, 15:55 Uhr

Meryl Streep, in the 1998 Sony Pictures Classics release Dancing at Lughnasa. La Streep starred as sister Kate Mundy in the adaptation of the Brian Friel play, set in Between-the-Wars rural Ireland. The vintage rod-brake bike came equipped with Brooks leather saddle. Photo: Jonathan Hessien

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 23. November, 16:23 Uhr

MGM chorines “go through their paces under the able direction of Sammy Lee, famous dance director,” in this undated photo from the studio famous for its elaborately staged musicals. Rides a Bike was launched on Thanksgiving Day in 2010, so this is our 7th anniversary. Happy Thanksgiving, and ride on!

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 17. November, 16:29 Uhr

Jason Schwartzman and Mark Wahlberg ride around nuttily, Lily Tomlin and Dustin Hoffman walk around crazily, in David O. Russell’s 2004 screwball I Heart Huckabees. Fox Searchlight distributed, Claudette Barius took the photos

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 14. November, 17:35 Uhr

John Phillip Law tries pedaling, Andrea Dromm tries the handlebars, as the pair wheels around the Mendocino, California set (subbing for the New England coast) of United Artists’ 1966 hit comedy, The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming! Law went on to shoot Barbarella and many, many movies into the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. Dromm made one other picture — Come Spy with Me,  opposite Troy...

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 09. November, 15:00 Uhr

Heidi Brühl, be-gloved German actress and pop star, walks her Hercules bicycle. She’s sporting the outfit she wears in the hit Bavaria Film 1960 musical, Immer will ich dir gehören.  In 1975 she co-starred in Clint Eastwood’s The Eiger Sanction.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 07. November, 16:46 Uhr

Marion Davies sits on a fence post, bike at the ready, in costume for MGM’s 1930 chorus girl comedy romance, The Florodora Girl. Davies stars as Daisy Dell, a chorine mistaken for a gold-digger by a wealthy suitor.  “A Story for the Gay Nineties,” proudly proclaims the movie poster. Harry Beaumont directs.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 02. November, 18:30 Uhr

Brian Donlevy rides a bike, Universal Studios backlot, 1942. Here’s the snipe: There’s a reason for the evening attire and for the bicycle on which Brian Donlevy sits with such debonair abandon. The formal wear is for his starring part opposite Diana Barrymore in Universal’s ‘Nightmare,’ which is an affair about an American gambler and an English blueblood that boils down to the fact that:...

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 26. Oktober, 13:36 Uhr

Lana Turner poses with bike, blouse and nifty polka dot skirt. Not exactly sure of the date of this photo, but guessing somewhere in 1944-1946 range, when Turner’s MGM titles included Marriage Is a Private Affair, Keep Your Powder Dry and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 30. Oktober, 18:00 Uhr

Twiggy, nee Lesley Hornby, rides a Raleigh small-wheel bike through the 1967 London Ideal Home Exhibit. She was 17 at the time and had already launched Twiggy Enterprises to take the fashion world by storm. In 1971 she starred in The Boyfriend, with Ken Russell directing.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 23. Oktober, 15:04 Uhr

John Travolta, promoting the 1980 Paramount Pictures smash, Urban Cowboy, trades in his mechanical bull for a Gitane 10-speed, stopping along the Champs-Élysées in Paris to schmooze with fans and the press. Note the cigarette, the western boots, the belt buckle.  

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 09. Oktober, 17:38 Uhr

Dick Martin, playing airplane inventor Wilbur Wright in a sketch from an episode of Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, soars aloft in a winged tricycle while Oscar-winning actor John Wayne strolls by. NBC Television, 1970.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 11. Oktober, 19:29 Uhr

Claire Trevor poses with bicycle, 1935, for a Twentieth Century Fox “Fox Player” photo. Trevor starred in five Fox films that year: Spring Tonic, Black Sheep, My Marriage, Navy Wife and Dante’s Inferno.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 17. Oktober, 08:41 Uhr

Jackie Cooper, age 9, riding on the MGM lot in June, 1932. He was signed to the studio a year earlier, after starring in a series of Hal Roach’s Our Gang comedies. Cooper’s first MGM film: The Champ, with Wallace Beery. Photo: Hurrell.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 04. Oktober, 16:11 Uhr

Jacqueline Bisset rides a bike, and a nice bike basket, during production of 1977’s Columbia Pictures hit, The Deep. Nick Nolte, Robert Shaw and a shiver of sharks co-starred.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 25. September, 12:00 Uhr

Harriet Hammond, Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty and actress in 46 silent features and shorts from 1918 to 1930, poses with a spiffy early 20th century two-wheeler. Photo by Paul Grenbeaux, probably taken in 1919, around the time of the release of Sennett’s “Why Beaches Are Popular,” distributed by Sol Lesser Enterprises.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 22. September, 14:00 Uhr

Virginia O’Brien and Red Skelton clown around on the MGM soundstage where  1947’s Merton of the Movies, set during Hollywood’s nascent Silent Era, is in production. Here’s the snipe: “LOOK! NO HANDS!.. Red Skelton cavorts on a bicycle built for two, for the amusement of Virginia O’Brien between scenes of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s ‘Merton of the Movies.’ Those antique costumes are for silent movie...

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 29. September, 14:30 Uhr

Vanessa Redgrave, in the role of Maddy Bennett, an eccentric Mainer, riding around her coastal town in the flashbacking 2000 release, A Rumor of Angels. CineTelFilms.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 15. September, 16:00 Uhr

Helen Lindsay and Norman Beaton guide their vintage cycles through a charming English village, a publicity still from Playing Away, a 1987 Alive Films release.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 08. September, 16:00 Uhr

Leslie Parrish dismounts from bike and disrobes, using her blouse to protect Laurence Harvey’s snake bitten limb. The Manchurian Candidate, United Artists, 1962.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 12. September, 16:00 Uhr

Laurence Olivier makes a definitive left turn statement in a scene from A Little Romance, the 1979 Orion Pictures release starring a teenage Diane Lane.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 29. August, 16:00 Uhr

Dean Jones and his very high handlebars, contemplating his next turn on the 1962-1963 NBC series, Ensign O’Toole. Here’s the snipe: “BICYCLE FAN DEAN JONES, star of NBC-TV’s ‘Ensign O’Toole,’ thinks nothing of hopping on his two-wheeler and pedaling 50 miles for exercise. Jones also says bike riding is a great way for a family to do things together.”

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 25. August, 16:00 Uhr

Julie Bishop borrows a bike belonging to the Warner Bros. Makeup Dept.’s Pat O’Grady. The actress is on her way to work — a small role in Ida Lupino’s 1943 The Hard Way. Bishop also worked under her given name, Jacqueline Wells, and the stage alias Diane Duval. Here’s the snipe (the “tire shortage” reference is, of course, due to rubber being prioritized for use by U.S. armed forces in World...

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 01. September, 16:00 Uhr

Adele Mara takes a tumble, and doesn’t seem to mind. The actress plays Rita Hayworth’s kid sister in the 1942 Columbia musical, You Were Never Lovelier. Photo: Don English.

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 15. August, 14:42 Uhr

Jerry Lewis and Corinne Calvet, costarring in Paramount Pictures’ 1950 musical comedy caper My Friend Irma Goes West, share some backlot wheels. Here’s the snipe: “FREE RIDE: Jerry Lewis, of the comedy team of Martin and Lewis, gives Corinne Calvet a ride to the set of Hal Wallis’ ‘My Friend Irma Goes West,’ in which they co-star with John Lund, Dianne Lynn, Marie Wilson and Dean Martin.” 

Avatar c0ddbbb96917 128 Rides a Bike 11. August, 14:59 Uhr

William Powell astride an MGM Property Dept vehicle, outside the soundstage where Evelyn Prentice, with Myrna Loy in the title role, is shooting. It’s 1934. And absolutely no visitors on this stage today!

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