Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Make mine a Shirley Temple

Comic Section Ads were not only used for innocent household products such as soap, corn flakes and cigarettes. They truly were the television commercials of their time and covered all subjects. Here are three ads in comic style for movies.

The first two are a bit of fun, from movies that are probably justly forgotten.

Race Street with George Raft, from Sept 12 1948:

Station West with Dick Powell, from Oct 10 1948:

But the star of today's presentation is this ad for Cary Grant and Shirley Temple's comedy The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer. A disturbing comedy about a bachelor who falls for a high schoolkid, played by the all grown up (but not enough to scare off that all important creepo audience) former kid star Temple. Possibly the only intentionally funny film Shirley Temple ever made (although I do remember something similar with a senator).


Duane Spurlock said...

Who is the artist on these ads?

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Common opinion is that they were by Lou Fine. I have more scattered about, including a gorgeous Joan of Arc one.