The camera rolls on Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
Thursday, 18 April 2013

Hidden Hollywood

As Warner Bros turns 90, these rare, archive pictures take a fresh look at the world's biggest stars

Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd fool around on a Vespa on the set of Ben-Hur. Julie Christie takes a catnap on the snowy set of Doctor Zhivago. Cary Grant entertains a smirking Alfred Hitchcock during the filming of North By Northwest. Just a handful of the extraordinary, deeply revealing images newly released by Warner Bros as the film studio celebrates its 90th birthday.

Until now, the company’s extensive photo archive has remained largely under lock and key – so these rare images offer a vivid insight into what the stars were getting up to when the cameras stopped rolling. In an industry in which stars are too often kept at arm’s length, these images reveal the personal, private side of some of the world’s most iconic actors.

Warner-02-590Clockwise from left: the crew leaves Julie Christie to take time out on a snow-covered Dr Zhivago set; Gene Kelly coaches Debbie Reynolds on dance skills for Singin’ In The Rain; Hitch tells Cary Grant about the aeroplane scene in North By Northwest

Warner-03-590Clockwise from top left: a serious Marlon Brando studies the A Streetcar Named Desire script; Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd swap their chariots for a Vespa while filming Ben-Hur; Cleavon Little and director Mel Brooks on the set of Blazing Saddles
Warner-04-590Clockwise from top: Al Jolson and May McAvoy on the set of The Jazz Singer, which heralded the decline of the silent-movie era; Daniel Radcliffe balances on his broomstick in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone; Steven Spielberg gave Whoopi Goldberg her first major role in The Colour Purple
Warner-05-590From left: in a rage, Russell Crowe dangles Ron Rifkin out of the window while filming LA Confidential; Steve McQueen with co-star Jacqueline Bisset on the set of Bullitt

All photographs are from The Warner Bros Film Library. Warner Bros Ent Inc. All rights reserved.

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