Friday, 26 August 2011

Picture of the day: this one's huge

Nils Asther, English card.
Unknown photographer, I'd guess a promotional studio shot taken in the late 1920s. (On further research the photo is by Irving Chidnoff, New York.)

Click on the photos and you'll see them a lot bigger and more beautiful.

This card is similar and marked United Artists.

In 1927, Asther left Europe for America. 
He was in London when his 1926 German film, Der Goldene Schmetterling, was seen in Hollywood and he was offered contracts.

At first he made Sorrell and Son in England for United Artists. Then they invited him to come over. It seems he stopped off in New York to have these photos taken before he arrived.

United Artists were not the first studio with which Asther had signed. At first he accepted a contract with Paramount. "A few days later came an offer from United Artists," he told Katherine Albert in Photoplay, 1929. "I explained that I was already signed and they bought the first contract. Other studios offered me contracts, as well."

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