Category Archives: Queen of the Dead

Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Mae Murray

I hope you don’t mind if I use my column to plug a friend’s book, Michael Ankerich’s new Mae Murray biography, The Girl With the Bee Stung Lips (OK, so he did dedicate it to me. But you needn’t dedicate … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead – Betty Grable

A 1938 publicity photo of Betty Grable listed on EBay with bids starting at $25. Betty Grable Betty Grable is so damned adorable. Her oft-repeated self-assessment does not do her justice: “As a dancer I couldn’t outdance Ginger Rogers or … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead – Polly Walters

A photo of Polly Walters that has been listed on EBay at $49.95.   Polly Walters My friend Mel Neuhaus and I have been singing the praises of the Say Girls lately—those wise-cracking dames who flourished in the pre-Code era … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead – Dan W. Quinn

A copy of “More Work for the Undertaker” that was listed for sale at Collectors Frenzy at $137.50. Dan W. Quinn A few weeks ago, I introduced you to early recording star Ada Jones; now I want you to meet … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead – Joan Crawford

  A photo of Joan Crawford and Walter Huston in “Rain” has been listed on EBay with bids starting at $11.99. Joanie   No unknowns for us today, I am going to sing the praises of Joan Crawford, whom I … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead – Charlotte Greenwood

  Charlotte Greenwood Usually I regale you with harrowing stories about people who die early, grisly deaths, but today we are going to put on our happy faces and talk about Charlotte Greenwood. You probably know her from the film … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead – Lyle Talbot

A photo of Lyle Talbot has been listed on EBay with bids starting at $25.   Lyle Talbot I have a thing for those Big Boxy Guys from the 1930s and ’40s. You know, the ones who look like they’re … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead – James Reese Europe

A piece of sheet music featuring James Reese “Jim” Europe has been listed on EBay with bids starting at $3,999.99. James Reese Europe   I think my favorite period is 1900-15. Not that I’d want to live back then, I’m … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Marjorie White

  A photo of Marjorie White and Frank Albertson has been listed on EBay, with bids starting at  $9.99.   Marjorie White 1904 – 1935   My friend, writer Mel Neuhaus, calls them “say girls.” The hard-boiled dames who start … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Bert Savoy

Photo: Bert Savoy via Confetta. Bert Savoy   1876 – 1923 Another book I will, frustratingly, never be able to write is about the Godfather of Camp, Bert Savoy—there is just not enough information on him to make a book … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Margaret Dumont

A photo of Groucho Marx and Margaret Dumont in “A Day at the Circus,” listed on EBay for $5.95. Margaret Dumont 1882 – 1965 I think we can all agree that Groucho Marx was a real sonofabitch, can’t we? A … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Ada Jones

Ada  Jones 1873 – 1922   You youngsters can have your Ladies Gaga and Pinks and Katy Perrys. Give me the great Ada Jones. Ada was the first—and for ten years, the only—female superstar of the early record industry.

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Jack Buchanan

 Jack Buchanan 1891 – 1956 Jack Buchanan was Fred Astaire before Fred Astaire was Fred Astaire. Jack was tall, handsome, a great “make it look easy” song and dance man, and, as his friend and frequent costar Bea Lillie noted, … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Valaida Snow

Valaida Snow 1904 – 1956 I am a huge Bix Beiderbecke fan; I prefer him to Louis Armstrong, and as far as I’m concerned, jazz died with Bix in 1931. But a close second to Bix in my heart is … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Robert Harron & Clarine Seymour

Robert Harron & Clarine Seymour   This week I am going to start you off with a clip, rather than ending with one.: The unhappily married young couple in this D.W. Griffith film, The Girl Who Stayed at Home, would … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Renate Müller

An cigarette card of Renate  Müller has been listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $2.99. Renate Müller 1906 – 1937 I’ve always gotten a frisson of enjoyment from Weimar-era Berlin culture, probably because like, in a good horror … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: Helen Kane

An LP of Helen Kane “the Boop-Boop-a-Doop” Girl!” has been listed on EBay. Bidding starts at $59.99. Helen Kane 1903 – 1966 Helen Kane is one of those performers you either love, or you want to strangle within 30 seconds. … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead: The Saddest Credit in the World

I had to look up scenes from a 1945 B-film called Radio Stars on Parade at work, and I noticed poor Jack Grey not just billed as Rear End of Horse, but Rear End of Horse (scenes deleted), which is the most pathetic thing I have ever read. Continue reading

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Eve Golden / New Queen of the Dead

  A photo of Constance Bennett has been listed on EBay as Buy It Now for $18.75.   The New Queen of the Dead No, I have not died and been succeeded by the Princess of the Dead. But I … Continue reading

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Eve Golden / Queen of the Dead – Moving to Tuesdays

Eve has decided to change the approach of Queen of the Dead and it seemed like a good time to move her to Tuesdays, so starting tomorrow be sure to check on Tuesdays for the new Queen of the Dead … Continue reading

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