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12. September, 16:40 Uhr

Ellen Drew, kitted out in a knitted cardigan, rides the Paramount backlot, circa 1941. Drew started her career in the movie biz as Terry Day, but there was an actor with the same name, and so the studio rechristened her. Among Drew’s finest turns: Christmas In July, Preston Sturges’ 1940 screwball money-isn’t-everything gem. Coffee figures pivotally in the plot.

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18. September, 19:02 Uhr

Madonna Ciccone, pop star, actress and director, rides a bike — a Trek — around Beverly Hills in March, 1991. The documentary Madonna: Truth Or Dare, and Woody Allen’s black and white salute to German Expressionism,  Shadows and Fog, featuring Madonna (and Mia Farrow and John Cusack and John Malkovich and Woody Allen) came out the same year. Photo: Bob Scott.

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14. September, 15:44 Uhr

Peter Sellers and wife Britt Ekland, riding matching Stella folding bikes (made in France) along the marina at Monte Carlo,  1967. The couple starred in The Bobo, the singing matador farce from Warner Bros/Seven Arts, that year.

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22. August, 16:13 Uhr

Isabelle Adjani, outfitted head to toe in Team Raleigh-Creda gear, rides a vintage rod-brake step-through through a courtyard somewhere in the world. The Dutch team Raleigh-Creda competed in 1980 and 1981. Adjani’s cult psycho thriller, Possession, was released in theaters beginning in ’81. We’re not sure why the actress is in the distinctive red and yellow, but she seems happy about it.

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07. August, 13:59 Uhr

Real-life couple Pauline Collins and John Alderton pose on a vintage rod-brake Raleigh, in 1920s period costume as Sarah Moffat and Thomas Watkins, spinning off their Upstairs, Downstairs characters (house and nursery maid and chauffeur, respectively) for the short-lived 1979 ITV series, Thomas & Sarah.

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15. Mai, 14:14 Uhr

William Newell and Sally Payne, co-stars in 1936’s Republic Pictures musical western, The Big Show, saddle up and ride the range — or the backlot, anyway. Newell played Alfalfa’s father in the Our Gang comedies, Payne is best known for her role as Calamity Jane in 1940’s Young Bill Hickok, with Roy Rogers.

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27. Dezember, 19:00 Uhr

Carole Lombard props herself atop the handlebars of Donald Haines’ bike, in a still from the 1936 Universal Pictures screwball romp Love Before Breakfast. Lombard portrays Kay Colby, a socialite torn between two prospective beaus  — Cesar Romero and Preston Foster. Haines, a child actor in the Our Gang and East Side Kids series, is giving Lombard a ride after Foster took her horse.

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19. Januar, 15:00 Uhr

Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, aka John Steed and Emma Peel, team up on a tandem en route to their latest episode of the British spy series, The Avengers. This photo is from the 1966 season. Also on Rides a Bike: Macnee and Rigg side by side riding Moultons. Check it out in the archive!

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25. Dezember, 12:00 Uhr

Rosemary Clooney rides a bike around the Paramount lot, with gift box and handbag, on a break between numbers on 1954’s Michael Curtiz-directed musical classic, White Christmas. Happy Holidays from Rides a Bike!! Here’s the snipe: ROSEMARY CLOONEY bicycles to work with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye in Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” at Paramount. Feature is filmed in VistaVision.   

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28. Februar, 15:30 Uhr

Deanna Durbin on her bike, around 1938, when the singer and actress and teen star was shooting Mad About Music at Universal.

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27. März, 14:00 Uhr

Victoria Sellers, age 3, rides a Gazella small-wheel bicycle with the help of her dad, Peter Sellers. The British star’s latest film was 1968’s Warner Bros.’ release, The Bobo.

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24. Januar, 21:27 Uhr

Anthony Newley riding around the Warner Bros. backlot in 1967. Photo: Anthony J. Corso Here’s the snipe (note “pedaling” misspelling!): “POPULAR PEDDLER.– Who’s the type on a bike? Who else indeed! It’s Britain’s own ANTHONY NEWLEY peddling his way between studio sets in Hollywood. TONY has been making yet another film called “Sweet November.” Currently he is appearing in “Dr. Doolittle.” 

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10. Februar, 16:15 Uhr

  Isabelle Adjani, looking peeved or forlorn or just terribly bored, rides a bike while her All Fired Up co-star, Yves Montand, grabs hold of the handlebars and stares ahead with a rumpled mien. Adjani plays Montand’s daughter in the caper comedy, released in 1982 by Gaumont. Original title: Tout feu, tout flamme. Photo: Georges Pierre.

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20. Juni, 15:30 Uhr

Viola Dana wheels around the Cirque d’Hiver velodrome in Paris in a scene from the 1924 silent movie, Open All Night. The Brooklyn born actress appeared in more than 100 shorts and features from 1910 to 1929, but failed to transition successfully into talkies. Look for another Rides a Bike photo of Dana as she tricycles on the Cirque d’Hiver track!

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05. März, 16:50 Uhr

Ina Bauer, German figure skater who invented the Ina Bauer Element move, rides along a Berlin byway in 1961, when the two ice skating movies she starred in opposite Alpine skier Toni Sailer, On Thin Ice and Kauf dir einen bunten Luftballon, were released in theaters. Photo: Lothar Winkler.

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07. März, 15:11 Uhr

Bill Murphy, Jean Arthur and Stanley Prager pedal around post-war Berlin in Paramount’s 1948 rom-com-y A Foreign Affair. Marlene Dietrich and John Lund got top billing along with Ms. Arthur.

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06. Juli, 20:26 Uhr

Kathleen Burke, Mari Colman, Grace Bradley and Lona Andre park their Paramount Studios vehicles at Sardi’s, 6313 Hollywood Boulevard, right around the corner from Vine. The year is 1933, and counter and fountain service is de rigueur.

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30. Juli, 17:00 Uhr

Gladys Swarthout, singer, Paramount actress and avid cyclist, on the Atlantic City boardwalk ready to ride. Note the horses on the beach, also ready to ride. The caption, from April, 1935, reads: “Gladys Swarthout, NBC and Metropolitan Opera singer, was the picture of how the well-dressed woman should look when riding a bicycle, recently in Atlantic City, when she formally dedicated a portion...

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27. Februar, 18:15 Uhr

Kirk Cameron, star of ABC TV’s Growing Pains, on a road bike, in standard racing Beany and Cecil t-shirt, participating in a Juvenile Diabetes Bike-a-Thon in Los Angeles, October, 1986. Photo by Scott Downie.

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29. Mai, 16:00 Uhr

Singer and actress Frances Langford, a star of the Golden Age of Radio and a co-star with Eleanor Powell in 1936’s Born to Dance, rides a bike “about the grounds of her Beverly Hills home” (per MGM photo caption).  In the musical, Langford sings Cole Porter’s “Easy to Love” and “Swingin’ the Jinx Away” with Buddy Ebsen.

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16. Juli, 16:40 Uhr

E.G. Marshall, trouser legs tucked neatly into socks, rides his Japanese folding bike down one of New York City’s avenues en route to the set of The Defenders. The year is 1962, the second season for the CBS legal drama’s four-season run.

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12. April, 14:30 Uhr

Shaun Cassidy, starring as Dave Stoller in the ABC- TV adaptation of the Oscar-nominated Breaking Away, rides his Huffy 12 Le Grande (!) around town. The show ran for one season, 1980-81. The teen heartthrob singer-turned-actor switched to writing and producing in the 1990s — and he’s still at it. Maybe he’s upgraded his bike, too.

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03. April, 18:18 Uhr

Rita Gam, riding around town in the spring of 1963, when she was busy with films (Sinners Go to Hell), TV (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Uncle Vanya) and theater (The Miser, for the opening season of the Guthrie Theatre in Minnesota. Gam was also good friends with Grace Kelly, a bridesmaid at the wedding to Prince Rainier. Photo: Donald Black.

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07. Mai, 15:00 Uhr

Sandra “Sandy” Wirth, baton-twirling beauty pageant contestant-turned-Hollywood-actress, goes hands free on her Schwinn Traveler in this odd handout photo from the prescient political satire A Face in the Crowd. Odd, because Wirth remains uncredited in the 1957 Elia Kazan-directed Warner Bros. release.

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09. April, 16:26 Uhr

Andrea Leeds and Edward Arnold, co-stars in the 1936 logging industry drama Come and Get It (based on the Edna Ferber novel, directed by Howard Hawks and William Wyler) take their minds off of all the lumberjacking angst with a ride around the backlot. Photo: Robert W. Coburn.

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15. März, 16:48 Uhr

Carol White, all of 16 and looking pretty glum, leads the cycling exodus from the Drayton Green Primary School, West Ealing, where 1959’s comedy Carry On Teacher had its location shoots. Also riding Raleighs, right behind White, is Jacqueline Lewis, and, in glasses and sweater, the budding British character actor George Howell. Carry on!

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01. Mai, 15:30 Uhr

Jerry Mathers, age 13, riding his Schwinn, a little more than midway through his 234-episode run as Theodore “The Beaver” Cleaver  on ABC’s beloved family sitcom, Leave It to Beaver.  The year was 1961, and the caption on the Associated Press photo reads: “Jerry Mathers longs to be 16 so he can drive a car.”

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15. April, 13:26 Uhr

Claudia Cardinale gets ready to ride, George Chakiris fiddles with the bicycle seat and valise, in a still from the 1963 crime thriller La regazza di Bube. The Luigi Comencini-directed pic was released in the States as Bebo’s Girl.  Ms. Cardinale’s is 80 today, April 15. Buon compleanno!

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14. Juni, 16:17 Uhr

Christian Bale, all of 13, rides a rod-brake bike in the role of an upper-crusty British schoolboy in war-torn Shanghai, in Steven Spielberg’s 1987 adaptation of J. G. Ballard’s Empire of the Sun. Released by Warner Bros in 1987, it was Bale’s second feature film. He went on to some acclaim. Photo: Murray Close.

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19. April, 15:00 Uhr

Jan Sterling cycling around the Universal backlot, on a break from shooting Kathy O’, the 1958 comedy about a child star (Patty McCormack) and the reporter (Sterling) who breaks through the movie publicist’s plot to hide the kid actress’ real mega-bratty personality. They don’t make ’em like they used to. Here’s part of the snipe, headed “Well-Balanced”: “Blonde Jan Sterling takes a two-wheeled...

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