Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Christmas Album: Joel McCrea and Frances Dee


On our second day in that dimly remembered country called Christmas Past, we pause at a scene that might seem illusory, until you realize that the real life couple shown here bantering with a slightly amateurish member of Santa's league of helpers were Joel McCrea (1905-1990) and Frances Dee (1909-2004).

I'm dating this photo by the looks of those somewhat sharp-featured early Mickey Mouses (or would it be Mickey Mice?) lining the shelves of this well-stocked branch of Santa's Workshop, so I suspect this may have been a day in December in the mid to late 1930s. By that time the married couple, who had met on the set of the drama, The Silver Cord (1933), had reason to purchase a teddy bear or two...

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