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Photo Week: the Baz 1923

Basil Rathbone Tribute posted this photo on Tumblr. He’s incredibly young and innocent-looking. But it’s the date that FF draws attention to. 1923, the year THE SWAN opened on Broadway, and things changed forever in his life. The year he met Ouida Bergere. And of course Eva Le Gallienne. Where was he when he signed this? “Yours sincerely” is a rather quaint and awkward thing to put on a fan photo. Maybe he wasn’t used to autograph protocol yet.

Here’s the link to the tumbr post: forlornfaghag.tumblr.com/post/33702054065/digitalhoarder-basil-rathbone-in-1923-i

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71 Comments

  1. roesbette says

    I think he liked Flynn well enough, but thought Flynn was a bit dangerous because he relied more on athleticism than actual skill, which made him as a fencer more of a risk. I also remembering reading that Flynn had a “cruel” sense of humor because he liked practical jokes.

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      • AnnaPindurka says

        I think he did like him, I remember an interview from the sixties where he speaks of his sadness that Flynn destroyed himself with the lifestyle he led.

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  2. roesbette says

    No,no, I like the ones whe he was in his 40s or so. Then he’s just the right age for me!

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    • granny Gingrich says

      Me too. He’s at his prime in the Sherlock Holmes films IMO. God he’s gorgeous in them. So manly and that little bit of world-weary, like life has kicked him around and knocked off the pretty boy edge. Cuz he almost was a bit too pretty boy and smug in his early films wasn’t he? Like he was thinking “hell, yes, I am pretty damn fine.” But the 1940’s Rathbone has lost that. He’s more self confident, more assured, but also more vulnerable and alone. Don’t you want to meet that guy in a bar some place and help him find his faith in humanity again? 🙂

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      • Valerie Hanzner says

        That’s a perfect description of the Holmes character as he plays him in the Universal series, but not in the Fox series. the Fox Holmes is very different I think. More youthful and optimistic. His character changes between the Fox Holmes in 1939 and the Universal Holmes in 1942. There’s so much more quiet sadness in the later Holmes, and as you say world-weariness.

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  3. rosebette says

    The photo on tumblr with him drinking milk next to the table with the sandwich fixings is cuter. I’d just love to sit down and have a sandwich with him.

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    • Margaret G says

      Oh me too Rosebette. A sandwich, a cup of coffee, a glass of wine…anything just so long as there was time for a long long talk about life, the universe and everything

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      • AnnaPindurka says

        Don’t forget to check basilrathbone.net, it has lots more photos than you would first think. At least I kept discovering them.

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    • Molly Pinkerton says

      Purity and melancholy. Tying in with what Verity said, I wonder if he was still rather sad at this time. His brother and mother were both dead and he had yet to meet the love of his life

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    • Alyssia Warren says

      He was a pure person and it shows on his face. And he knew happiness as soon as he met Ouida. Until then he was only half a soul.

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      • Claude Rains says

        In that autobiography you keep ramping on about he mentions – delicately – visiting a whorehouse. Is this some new definition of “pure” we haven’t previously come across?

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        • Alyssia Warren says

          Excuse me but he does not say he had anything to do with the women in that place. And he might have heard it all second hand. The only women in his life were the two women he married, and he only was intimate with Marion once.

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          • “and he only was intimate with Marion once.”
            I know that information is not in Basil’s autobiography. How do you know how many times he was intimate with his first wife?

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          • You can’t be serious. You think he went to a brothel to look at the scenery? What do you suppose ended his first marriage?

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            • Alyssia Warren says

              Whatever the decree says, Basil felt it was a sin to have relations with Marion without love, and that is the reason he ended the marriage.

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          • Claude Rains says

            So what you’re saying is Basil Rathbone only slept with two women in his entire life, and one of those was only once?

            And you still claim he was straight? 😉

            You’re kind of doing my work for me here Alyssia.

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            • Alyssia Warren says

              That is NOT what I meant and you know it. There are people who can only sleep with people they truly love and I believe Basil was one of those people. He only loved two women and the only love that lasted was his love for Ouida

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  4. Verity Morgan says

    Was just thinking this i only five years after he wrote that heartbreaking letter to his father from the trenches. Was he healed by this time? Or was it only Ouida who helped him finally to heal?

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    • Alyssia Warren says

      It was Ouida who made his broken heart whole again. He tells a bit of that beautiful story in his autobiography. He was very sad after the death of his brother and mother and only wanted to be alone, until he saw Ouida across a room and his life changed.

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