Tag "costumes"
‘Rubber’ Make-Up Gives Actor Many Faces (Mar, 1938)

Lucien Littlefield (1895-1960) had  quite the career.  I knew of him from his two totally different performances with Laurel & Hardy.

‘Rubber’ Make-Up Gives Actor Many Faces


A NEW era in the development of make-up for stage and screen is forecast by the introduction of a rubber plastic material that has been adopted for make-up use by Lucien Littlefield, screen star who specializes in character roles. Employed in the manufacture of gasoline-pump hose, printing rollers, and protective coverings for electric cable, the rubber plastic, developed by Du Pont chemists, makes it unnecessary to resort to painful skin-stretching, padding, and other uncomfortable expedients of the type used by the late Lon Chaney when he made himself up for character parts.



Oxen to Order

This was a sudden call on the property man, and for the life of him he couldn’t produce a yoke of oxen for the emergency. Very simple though! All he did was to attach two pairs of horns to as many heifers. These added dignities actually seemed to subdue their skittishness.

The “Moroccan Princess” Who Had the Laugh on London (Nov, 1959)

She doesn’t seem to have made a huge impression, at least that I can find online. There is a reference in a publication called Theater Arts and one called Hispano Americano, but Google isn’t allowed to actually show the full content.

The “Moroccan Princess” Who Had the Laugh on London

A masquerading model, a pot of murky makeup and London got a royal ribbing.


“–UNDER ANY LIGHT. She looked divine under any light—that dark, coppery skin she has . . .” The gentleman sighed reminiscently and toyed with the handle of his umbrella.

“Yes . . .” His companion nodded. “She was beautifully built, y’know. Legs—”

“Did you—” The first gentleman expressed shock.

“Hardly. Couldn’t imagine trying. It’s—well, it’s seldom you meet someone so—how shall I say—regal in the true sense of the word.”

“At any rate, she’s no longer with us, the princess. Pity,” Umbrella said. Both speculated silently for a moment where the princess could have gone.

He makes faces (Sep, 1947)

Wow, $2,000 is a lot for a mask in today’s dollars. With inflation the price would be $20,566

Wladyslaw Theodor Benda passed away about a year after this article came out. Before he started making masks he was an accomplished painter.

He makes faces
IF YOU want to buy a mask from W. T. Benda, internationally famous mask maker, you’ll have your choice of several kinds—realistic, grotesque, comic and fantastic—and it’ll set you back only about $2,000.

Put it on. Feel anything? Mr. Benda says a man automatically assumes something of the character of any false face he puts on. The mask gives the illusion you’ve “escaped” from yourself.