Marcia has suggested I post this and see if any of the fans out there has suggestions and answers.
Is the person above Basil?…..
I mean the guy on the right, not one of the people wearing hats. The photo is being sold HERE, and has this description:
“8h824 STAGE DOOR candid 8×10 still ’37 visitor Basil Rathbone talking to showgirls on set by Miehle!”
The seller also adds this:
“….Note that this is an incredibly perplexing still! Why do I say that? Because it has the still code “SD”, and it is identified on the back as being an RKO still from 1937. Stage Door WAS made by RKO in 1937, but the front of the still shows Basil Rathbone, who had nothing to do with this movie! Plus the showgirls on the still are no one we recognize. So what movie is this from? Rathbone didn’t make any movies for RKO during this time, and the ones he did make don’t look right for this. Our guess is that he was a visitor to the Stage Door set…..”
Hmmm…But does it show Baz? Marcia isn’t sure, and neither am I. It looks like him. But not so obviously like him that it has to be him. For one thing the guy looks a little older than Rathbone did in 1937. For another, what is he doing on the set of STAGE DOOR?
So….what do you guys think? is it he? Is it just someone who looks quire a lot like him? Any reader got any additional info on the background to the pic?
BTW, here’s the back view…