Scarlet Street #28 hits another home run by once more directly connecting us to a golden age of gothic terror as experienced by the people who were actually there. First it was David Manners in #26, then last issue we were able to be in contact with Fay Wray, and now it is Gloria Stuart.
I was well aware that Fay Wray was still with us, but I hadn't thought about David Manners at the time. Remember that access to the internet was still very new in those days and many of us couldn't easily look up any information we wanted to find on anyone, so it came as a wonderful surprise for me to hear from a still living Mr. Manners.
I got to meet Gloria Stuart at the Son of Famous Monsters Convention in 1995. The idea that one could sit with someone who actually acted in some of our favorite classic films of the past and with so many other great actors was incredible. For the Awards Ceremony dinner at the convention I chose Ms. Stuart as my 2nd choice, knowing I'd never get my 1st selection, being able to sit at Forry Ackerman's table up front and center. Low and behold I actually got my first choice! It was grand and quite a golden memory, but I did miss my opportunity to have a lengthy conversation with Ms. Stuart.
One of the things I would have wanted to talk about with Gloria Stuart was remedied when she did the commentary for "The Old Dark House"  on Laserdisc shortly afterwards. That commentary answered all of my questions about her work on the film and then some! Another wish was granted and I couldn't have asked for more but got more anyway when Ms. Stuart graced the screen once again, and big time too, in "Titanic" . What a gratifying story to witness and yet also to be able to say, "I 'knew' her back when.."
So with that, let me present our American Independence Day post of Scarlet Street #28, which also happens to be Gloria Stuart's birthday (July 4, 1910), and to wish her the best, using her own words (as per my memory) when referring to her success in "Titanic" as being "...the icing on the cake!"
*Gloria Stuart with James Cagney (above)
*Gloria Stuart with Claude Rains
*Gloria Stuart with Raymond Massey, Charles Laughton & Ernest Thesiger
*Gloria Stuart with Shirley Temple
*Warner Oland (with Eugene Pallette & Lawrence Grant above).
*Warner Oland (with Rita Hayworth above.)
*Warner Oland with George Majeroni on the set of the 1917 serial "Patria". Both photos are labelled as coming from "Episode 4".
*Warner Oland (on the set of "The Jazz Singer" , above photo.)
*Warner Oland (with Mabel Julienne Scott above in "So This Is Marriage?" )
*Warner Oland (with Angelo Rossitto above in "Old San Francisco" )
*Keye Luke with Harold Huber and Peter Lorre in "Mr. Moto's Gamble" 
*Keye Luke with #1 Pop, Charlie Chan (Warner Oland)
*Warner Oland with Henry Hull on the set of "Werewolf Of London" .
*Warner Oland on the set of "Charlie Chan's Secret"  with Herbert Mundin.
*Warner Oland with Bela Lugosi in "The Black Camel" 
*Warner Oland on the set of "Charlie Chan's Secret"  with Henrietta Crosman.
*Warner Oland with all of his Chan Clan (above) and with Richard Arlen and Nancy Carroll in "Dangerous Paradise"  (below).
"The Crawling Eye" 
"Blood of a Vampire" 
"Jack the Ripper" 
"The Flesh and the Fiends" 
*Adrienne Corri (with Christopher Lee and Boris Karloff above).
*Adrienne Corri (with Peter Finch above.)
*Warner Oland and his wife Edith Sheam (below) along with artwork from "The Black Camel"  above.
"The Hellfire Club" 
"The Siege of Sidney Street" 
*Gloria Stuart enjoying fabulous days later in life. The above photograph was taken by myself while attending the Son of Famous Monsters Convention in Hollywood (May 1995) just before her return to stardom in "Titanic".
It's very gratifying to know she lived for quite some time afterwards to enjoy these successes. I know I was especially thrilled to hear her insights into the making of "The Old Dark House", which was supplied as a commentary when the film was released on home video (laserdisc).
*Gloria Stuart on the set of "Roman Scandals"  top photo, enjoying some relaxing knitting in the middle photo and just being our dear Gloria in the bottom photo.
* Supplemental images are noted with an (*) asterisk. My intention is to only enhance the reading experience and not take away from the original publication.