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Rides a Bike
17. Mai, 12:00 Uhr

Jean Howard and Irene Hervey take to their side-by-side “sociable” bicycle, or buddy bike, or side tandem, riding to work on the MGM lot back in 1933. Both actresses appeared in the studio’s Otto Kruger romantic drama, The Women in His Life, that year. And both actresses say, “It’s Bike to Work Day today, so get on it!”

Rides a Bike
26. April, 14:30 Uhr

Randall Batinkoff and Molly Ringwald ride-share in a still from 1988’s high school pregnancy tale, For Keeps. A Tri-Star release directed by Rocky’s John Avildsen, For Keeps marked the end of Ringwald’s teen screen roles. These days, the actress writes, records and has a part on TV’s Riverdale. Batinkoff’s most recent pic: Bad Grandmas.  The For Keeps photo: Ron Grover.

Rides a Bike
08. April, 13:29 Uhr

Jan Sterling offers a hearty farewell as she wheels away on her bike, one of eight “Lady Behave — On a Bicycle” cycling safety tip photos the Ace in the Hole actress shot in 1951. Here’s the ACME News Pictures caption: “Waving goodbye is a nice idea, but it could easily be her last goodbye if that motorist isn’t fast enough with his brake.”

Rides a Bike
02. April, 14:00 Uhr

McLean Stevenson, Lt. Col. Henry Blake on CBS TV’s M*A*S*H,  hefts his Raleigh 3-speed up the stairs of his “low-rent” Hollywood apartment. Here’s the snipe, from an April, 1974 photo (Stevenson won the Golden Globe for his M*A*S*H role that same year): “Although he uses his Porsche for distance, McLean Stevenson rides a bike for quick jaunts to stores. He also likes to ride for the fun of it....

Rides a Bike
17. April, 14:00 Uhr

Arline Judge takes a tumble, or so it seems, in this 1932 RKO Radio Pictures publicity shot. Judge, a busy B-movie star in the ’30s and ’40s, played the manicurist in the Preston Sturges/Harold Lloyd bomb, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, but she’s perhaps best known for her off-camera prolificness: According to Wikipedia, she was married and divorced seven times; according to IMDB, the number was...

Rides a Bike
23. April, 15:00 Uhr

Lee Tracy points his cap gun to the sky in this publicity shot from 1933. We’re pretty sure that’s Mae Clark immediately to the left of the pre-Code Hollywood leading man. Here’s the snipe: “THEY’RE OFF…. Lee Tracy acts as starter for this bevy of bicycling girls, between scenes of his new starring picture, Turn Back the Clock. Edgar Selwyn is directing the new Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer production.”

Rides a Bike
10. Mai, 15:36 Uhr

A 1935 photo of the Our Gang gang shows Ted Wilk, an entertainment reporter for Film Daily, looming over Our Gang cast-mates Yvonne Lohn, Billie “Buckwheat” Thomas, Darla Hood, “Spanky” McFarland, Baby Patsy and “Bozo,” the Hal Roach Studio trained duck. The film: Our Gang Follies of 1936. The photo: by Stax (Bud “Stax” Graves).  

Rides a Bike
07. Mai, 14:00 Uhr

Fred Ward plays writer Henry Miller, Richard E. Grant is Hugh Guiler, or Ian Hugo, engraver/filmmaker and longtime husband to Anais Nin, in a jaunty autumnal cycling scene from Philip Kaufman’s 1990 biopic, Henry & June. (June was played by Uma Thurman, Anais Nin by Maria Madeiros.) The Universal Pictures release was given an NC-17 rating for its steamy sex scenes, and for shots of Grant...

Rides a Bike
11. April, 13:13 Uhr

Robin Askwith, titular star of the 1974 British sex farce Confessions of a Window Washer, stops to chat with a police officer played by Linda Hayden. Val Guest, best known for his work at Hammer Films, directs. Like the hardluck Lamberto Maggiorani in De Sica’s The Bicycle Thief,  Askwith carries his ladder with him on the bike.

Rides a Bike
01. Mai, 15:45 Uhr

An early 1930s photograph of Oliver Hardy, one half of the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy, as he rides around the Hal Roach Studios. John C. Reilly plays Hardy (opposite Steve Coogan’s Stan Laurel) in last year’s arthouse hit, Stan and Ollie. Look for another Laurel and Hardy bike photo on the Search by Name function below!

Rides a Bike
26. März, 16:06 Uhr

Leslie Brooks pulls up in front of the U.S. Army’s “Victory Book Campaign” dropoff spot on the Columbia Pictures lot. It’s 1943, and, says the snipe on the back of the photo, “MOVIE people give books for service men.” Brooks starred in the studio’s City Without Men and Two Senoritas from Chicago that year. Photo: St. Hilaire.

Rides a Bike
20. März, 15:00 Uhr

Suzy Kendall rides a bike down a London alleyway, from 1968’s Up the Junction. Based on Nell Dunn’s book of the same name, the Paramount film follows Kendall’s young heiress, Polly Dean, as she flees the trappings of her wealthy family, goes to work in a candy factory and befriends some working class folk. Her new boyfriend, an assistant in a used furniture shop, aspires to move up the class...

Rides a Bike
12. März, 18:03 Uhr

Bing Crosby, Nicole Maurey, Claude Dauphin and Dauphin’s wife, Maria Mauban, cycle along the Seine, taking a day off from shooting Bing’s 1953 Parisian drama, Little Boy Lost, released by Paramount Pictures. Maurey and Dauphin costar in the tale of an American war correspondent returned to Paris is search of his son, orphaned during the Nazi occupation. George Seaton directed. Crosby croons in...

Rides a Bike
07. März, 16:30 Uhr

Ginger Rogers cycles around Monterey Park, California, on a break from RKO Radio Pictures’ 1940 melodrama, The Primrose Path, in which the frequent Fred Astaire partner leaves her tap shoes behind to play a young woman determined not to follow in the path of her mother and grandmother: prostitution. Joel McCrea costars, Gregory La Cava directs. Photo: John Miehle. Here’s the snipe: “GOING IN...

Rides a Bike
04. März, 16:11 Uhr

Nina Hoss, in the title role of 2012’s Barbara, rides a bike, worriedly. The Christian Petzold-directed drama is set in 1980 East Germany and Hoss’s character, a physician, is angling to defect to the West. She rides her bike through windswept countryside.  Adopt Films, photo: Christian Schultz.    

Rides a Bike
25. Februar, 16:04 Uhr

Daliah Lavi sails down a road in Angkor Wat, Cambodia, during a break making the 1965 Joseph Conrad adaptation Lord Jim. Peter O’Toole starred, Richard Brooks directed, Columbia Pictures released. The Palestine-born actress and model Lavi had the role of “The Girl” in the film.

Rides a Bike
20. Februar, 14:21 Uhr

Sidney Poitier in Seattle shooting The Slender Thread, with Sydney Pollack directing. Paramount Pictures, 1965. Mr. Poitier is 91 today, February 20. Happy birthday!

Rides a Bike
18. Februar, 14:01 Uhr

On President’s Day, here’s Fred Astaire, the President of Dance, riding a bike on the MGM lot. It’s 1945, and the preternaturally talented tap-dancer and singing star was one of the top-liners of the studio’s Ziegfeld Follies, in which he performed four musical numbers.

Rides a Bike
11. Februar, 16:30 Uhr

Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth, the top-bill twosome of Columbia Pictures’ 1940 romantic comedy The Lady In Question, try out a cargo bike with a Hayworth-ready basket. Photo: M.B. Paul. Here’s the caption: “THIS ACTOR WENT TO MARKET– Glenn Ford, shown with Rita Hayworth on the set at Columbia where ‘The Lady In Question’ was filmed. Brian Aherne also stars in the romantic comedy, which was...

Rides a Bike
05. Februar, 16:00 Uhr

Doris Davenport models a neat cycling outfit in a publicity photo released by United Artists when the actress starred opposite Gary Cooper in 1940’s The Westerner.  A few years earlier, under the name Doris Jordan, she was one of the finalists for the role of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind.

Rides a Bike
30. Januar, 15:30 Uhr

Joan Leslie heads for the market, on a break from shooting the 1947 Eagle-Lion Studios noir, Repeat Performance. Leslie’s credits  include  Yankee Doodle Dandy, Sergeant York, High Sierra and Rhapsody In Blue.  The photo caption uses an expression not heard much these days — “doubles in brass”– as in: “JOAN LESLIE doubles in brass by getting her exercise while doing the marketing for the...

Rides a Bike
24. Januar, 14:31 Uhr

One of Rides a Bike’s earliest photos, here’s Kathleen Key doing some indoor cycling at home. It’s 1925 and the Silent Screen player has the role of Tirzah opposite Ramon Novarro in MGM’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ. The “fashionable slenderness” caption on the back, in full: “KATHLEEN KEY— Bicycle riding is the latest fad Hollywood has instituted for those who would have fashionable...

Rides a Bike
15. Januar, 14:33 Uhr

Carol Channing, photographed in London in 1979, when she starred in the Hello, Dolly! revival at the Drury Lane. 1921-2019, R.I.P.

Rides a Bike
08. Januar, 16:30 Uhr

Sean Connery, looking fit and furry, goes for a ride along the docks in the south of France. It’s 1983 and he’s shooting Never Say Never Again. Must have left his James Bond wardrobe back at the hotel. Note the sophisticated horn system on the handlebars.

Rides a Bike
14. Januar, 16:15 Uhr

Juliette Lewis and Giovanni Ribisi, co-stars in Garry Marshall’s 1999 romantic comedy The Other Sister, take a Schwinn around the Disney lot. Lewis’ character’s mother is played by Diane Keaton. Photo: Timothy White.

Rides a Bike
01. Januar, 14:00 Uhr

Bonzo, Gigi Perreau, Edmund Gwenn and Maureen O’Sullivan, stars of the 1952 classic Bonzo Goes to College, pose on their three-seater. The handlebar-riding titular chimp was the only cast member to make the segue from the Ronald Reagan-starring hit, Bedtime for Bonzo. Happy 2019 from Rides a Bike!!

Rides a Bike
31. Dezember, 19:00 Uhr

James and Gloria Stewart pull their tandem up to a fancy dress event in 1961. Best way to arrive at your New Year’s Eve fete — in black tie and evening gown, on a bike!

Rides a Bike
28. Dezember, 15:04 Uhr

Jerry Colonna and his handlebar mustache stop for the camera on the Paramount lot, where he was busy at work in the 1941 comedy You’re the One. Colonna, Hollywood’s multi-talented funnyman, trombonist, and Bob Hope radio show sidekick, plays “Dr. Colonna,” who presides over a weight loss resort where patients can “frolic fat away.”

Rides a Bike
24. Dezember, 14:30 Uhr

Siri Olson, the Swedish starlet whose credits include the screwball Scandinavian gems  Springpojkar ä vi allihopa! and Det sägs på stan (both 1941), rides her Crescent bicycle and serves up fresh brewed coffee and fresh baked pastry while she’s at it. Lyckliga helgdagar från Rides a Bike!

Rides a Bike
19. Dezember, 15:44 Uhr

Valerie Bertinelli and Robert Desiderio, co-leads of the 1981 CBS romantic drama The Princess and the Cabbie, cycle around town.   

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