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Jacques Kapralik part 1
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SILK STOCKINGS (1957) Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse
 Among other things, our daughters are big on movie musicals. Recently they ordered the DVD of Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse in SILK STOCKINGS. The cover features the work of Jacques Kapralik, a long time favorite caricaturist of mine.
From "The Lost Artwork of Hollwood" by Fred E. Basten, "The movies' premiere caricaturist, Kapralik assembled bits and pieces of straw, felt, yarn, satin and more to create highly imaginative collages depicting stars in setting appropriate to their latest films. Because much of his work was trade-oriented, he was virtually unknown outside of the motion picture industry. Inside, however, he was a wonder. He was at Paramount and Twentieth Century-Fox in the thirties, yet his most notable output was for MGM the following two decades."
Sadly, there isn't a comprehensive collection of Kapralik's work available. These are all scanned from books in my collection or downloaded from the internet
from GREENBRIAR PICTURE SHOWS, "The process was called "3-D Paper Structure", and he maintained drawers filled with tiny props that he’d use to decorate his canvas. Tiny shoes, jewelry, lamps, pots and pans --- whatever he needed to get the effect he was after. There were facsimiles of popular brand name items, like coffee, flour, and cereals. Endless samples of cloth and yarn were used to create realistic backgrounds. Kapralik would often take six or more weeks to get out just one of his little masterpieces."
Click HERE to see Jacques Kapralik part 2. It features an entirely different set of images.
BABES ON BROADWAY (1941) Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney
from the kids' cd collection








KEEPER OF THE FLAME (1943) Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn


(1957)
WE WERE DANCING (1942) Norma Shearer and Melvyn Douglas
RIO RITA (1942) Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
STRIKE UP THE BAND (1940) Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland and Paul Whiteman
RANDOM HARVEST (1942) Ronald Colman and Greer Garson
JOHNNY EAGER (1941) Robert Taylor and Lana Turner
HONKY TONK (1941) Clark Gable and Lana Turner
WOMAN OF THE YEAR (1942) Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy
I MARRIED AN ANGEL (1942) Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy
THE HUCKSTERS (1947) Deborah Kerr and Clark Gable
KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY (1945) Susan Peters, Laraine Day and Lana Turner
LOVE CRAZY (1941) William Powell and Myrna Loy
SOMEWHERE I'LL FIND YOU (1942) Lana Turner and Clark Gable
EASY TO WED (1946) Esther Williams and Van Johnson

(1939)
Judy Garland



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