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1930s Hollywood star power

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 05, 2009

A visualization of the top 10 Hollywood stars from 1936 to 1945.

For three years, from ‘36 to ‘38, Shirley Temple was the country’s top box-office star, and then Mickey Rooney had the title from ‘39 to ‘41. (And then it was Abbott & Costello.) Imagine. Temple and Rooney knew how to entertain, for sure, but the last thing you could call moviegoers back then, to judge by their six-year reign, was urbane or sophisticated.

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