Una Merkel, Ruby Keeler, and Ginger Rogers in a publicity photo for 42nd Street (1933).
One word: MONOCLE.
I love that she’s wearing it in her promotional photos for the film while Una and Ruby are trying to look all coquettish and alluring (not that they don’t succeed in doing so - it’s just that they creep me out a little bit with it because GAH THEY’RE NEARLY IDENTICAL HERE.) I’m glad Ginger comically set herself apart from the pack with Anytime Annie’s (still stylish / yes I want it) wool traveling outfit and Euro-granny disguise. I absolutely love that tweed mini-jacket / boob warmer, especially how the sleeves gradually widen at the ends, and combining that with black leather gloves is pretty sharp.
2nd place, of course, goes to Una Merkel’s / Lorraine’s tartan-embellished coat, sleeves, and bow(s) - incredibly eye-catching. I might have given that first place if it was on Ginger, but a) it’s not, and b) that can’t compete with the monocle, I’m sorry. Ruby, fittingly, does not get anything nearly as exciting to wear (though she’s looking much sexier than usual) because she has to play Boring Peggy. Her acting disposition is perfect for the role, but I still have to yell - WHERE’S THE PIZZAZZ, PEGS? (I personally find both the character of Peggy and Ruby Keeler kind of insufferable most of the time, but at least Ruby has her Strangely Bewitching Ruby Keeler Effect to fall back on…)
One thing’s for sure - these three girls have a hell of a set of gams. YES, I WILL COME AND MEET THOSE DANCING FEET.
THANK GOD, someone else finds Ruby Keeler grating and insufferable. I feel so validated right now.
Also, this is the greatest blog ever.