Hugging and a kissing in the back row of the movies

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From the Wild West of Ireland yesterday, well Mayo at any rate, to Hollywood's version of the Wild West today. This passionate publicity shot is from Cimarron (1931), starring Irene Dunne and Richard Dix. It’s part of our Sheehy Skeffington Photographic Collection.

We’d love to know more about this fillum. And we wonder why this photo and other Cimarron shots and stills were of interest to Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington.

Photographer: Unknown

Collection: Sheehy Skeffington Photographic Collection

Date: 1931


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    • 04/Jul/2019 09:10:31

    That's a good clinch she has him in! can't tell you how Hanna came by them but Richard Dix was nominated for an Oscar for his role. Richard Dix was an American motion picture actor who achieved popularity in both silent and sound film. His standard on-screen image was that of the rugged and stalwart hero. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his lead role in the Best Picture-winning epic, Cimarron. Wikipedia

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    • 04/Jul/2019 09:41:41

    Sometimes Flickr is amazing! Poster via Theatre in San Francisco via I wonder if Richard Dix was known as Dick Dix?!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Jul/2019 10:02:27 Makes a change to see a shirt-ripper rather than bodice-ripper poster. And you must do more research into his name for us...

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    • 04/Jul/2019 10:26:48

    not sure. it's a film about the Old West. she liked his looks?

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    • 04/Jul/2019 10:30:41

    [] Ha! His real name was Ernst Carlton Brimmer, according to Some more links - - author 4 minute clip -

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    • 04/Jul/2019 10:51:47

    A quote from Yancy Cravat (Dix's character) - Wife and mother, stainless woman, hide me... hide me in your love. *swoons*

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 04/Jul/2019 11:13:59 *fans self and reaches for the smelling salts*

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    John Spooner

    • 04/Jul/2019 11:46:59

    "Thrills and frills" - The Sketch 11th March 1931

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    • 04/Jul/2019 18:51:17

    According to The Encyclopedia of Westerns, by Herb Fagan (Foreward by Tom Selleck) it was the most successful of the first three big budget westerns (following on from The Big Trail and Billy the Kid, both of 1930) of the sound era, and the most profitable, grossing over $2 million. It was also the last big budget western due to the Great Depression. It was, apparently, the only Western to win the Academy Award for Best Picture until Dances With Wolves (1990). It says: "Especially well-done is the skillful aging of the main players as they pass through a period of 40 years on screen." The hero sounds kind of like the ideal Irish hero too: "His proficiency as a pistoleer, a poet, a lawyer, and a crusader for unpopular causes make him the ideal hero to settle and tame the West." He sounds like one of the 1916 Rising leaders, or all of them.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 05/Jul/2019 22:48:29


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    • 08/Jul/2019 03:15:03[email protected] Back when it was okay to praise Birth of a Nation!