Golden Moments from the Silver Screen

In the fast-paced world of Hollywood, let us freeze the hubbub to look back at some of our favourite star icons and their stills from the silver screen’s golden era. Grab your tissues because MAG is about to take you on a nostalgic trip down the memory lane!

A very much in-the-moment Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor from the 1958 MGM version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Itself a Pulitzer Prize winning play by Tennessee Williams, its toned down adaptation was still too controversial for the Academy voters. The film bagged six Oscar nominations in Best Picture, Actor, Actress and Director but did not win any award.

The Australia-born actor looks dapper figure in his 1945 studio portrait. Hollywood’s all-time favourite ladies man, both on and off screen, Flynn was acquitted of sexually assaulting two under aged girls, but the allegations did tarnish his carefully cultivated screen image.

The actor behind Atticus Finch, the greatest movie hero of the 20th century, and Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author who created that character, on the set of To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee writes in the in liner notes for the DVD re-release: “When he played Atticus Finch, he played himself, and when he played himself, he touched the world.”

The actor and director as Homer Smith on the set of Lilies of the Field, for which he won the 1963 Academy Award for Best Actor, the first time for a black man to win a competitive Oscar. Poitier went on to crash more boundaries, and is befittingly counted among the greatest male stars of Hollywood.

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” The promotional portrait of Bogart and Ingrid Bergman for an all-time cult favourite Casablanca, directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring A-list talent, the success of the production is ever-growing.

A candid moment between Sinatra and his son, Frank Jr. on the set of director Richard Whorf’s It Happened in Brooklyn in 1947. A seminal member of the Rat Pack, Ol’ Blue Eyes was one of the most popular 20th century musicians. Often relegated to musicals, he was also a celebrated actor who won an Oscar for From Here to Eternity, and was lauded for other performances, including 1962’s The Manchurian Candidate.

Brando’s persona as the tough guy Johnny Strabler in The Wild One inspired a legion of followers, including James Dean and Elvis Presley. Widely considered to be the original outlaw biker film, it put Triumph Motorcycles on the map. Brando’s glorious legacy includes A Streetcar Named Desire, Julius Caesar, On the Waterfront, the Godfather and Last Tango in Paris.

The dancer, choreographer, actor and singer with Cyd Charisse in the film That’s Entertainment! Known for his perfectionism, Astaire influenced everyone from Rudolf Nureyev and Sammy Davis Jr to Michael Jackson and Madhuri Dixit in his stage, film and TV career spanning more than 75 years. His cinematic highlights include The Band Wagon, the Gay Divorcee, Easter Parade and Royal Wedding.