The Basil Rathbone Gallery

Candid Photos

Most of the following photos are ones that have been offered for sale on EBAY. In most cases I do not know where or when the photo was taken, or who else is in the picture. Where I do have information, I have written it below the photo. Please feel free to e-mail me to add or correct any information here.

Since there are several pages of candid photos, I have attempted to organize them in the following manner:

Page 1
candid photos on movie and television sets
Page 2
more candid photos on movie sets
Page 3
candid photos taken at Rathbone parties
Page 4
Family photos
Page 5
miscellaneous candid photos (1930s)
Page 6
miscellaneous candid photos (1940s)
Page 7
miscellaneous candid photos (1950s-1960s)
Page 8
Domestic Basil; the Ouida Gallery


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Rathbone horsing around with his makeup man, 1939

Ilona Massey surrounded by J. Edward Bromberg, Nigel Bruce, and Basil Rathbone

Marlene Dietrich and Rathbone getting hair fixed for next scene in Garden of Allah

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with Lew Ayres and director Charles Lederer on the set of Fingers on the Window

Rathbone with Lorraine Day, cameraman Harry Stradling and director Charles Lederer of Fingers on the Window

Rathbone, Ellen Drew, and director Tim Whelan on the set of The Mad Doctor

When Basil Rathbone and Director Tim Whelan sought to exercise a little hypnotism on Ellen Drew on the set, it backfired. To insure her concentration the two experimenters bite her hands. Paramount photo by Talmage Morrison

When Sabu, the "Elephant Boy" of Korda films, visited Hollywood recently, he was invited to the set of Paramount's The Mad Doctor by Director Tim Whelan, an old friend of the actor. Coconuts were on stage for a bazaar scene, so Sabu introduced Basil Rathbone, Ellen Drew and Whelan to his favorite delicacy, fresh coconut. Paramount photo by C. Kenneth Lobben, 1941.

On the set of The Black Sleep, make-up artists George and Gordon Bau check the face of Cadman's surgery victim while Rathbone (right) and director Reginald LeBorg (left) look on.

Rathbone with costars and director of The Black Sleep. Also in photo are make-up artists George and Gordon Bau.

Bela Lugosi (center) is welcomed back to Hollywood by co-actors Basil Rathbone (left) and Lon Chaney Jr. (right) to appear in The Black Sleep.  Lugosi, who just prior to returning to Hollywood had recovered from an addiction to narcotics, was given a black, leather-bound script book bearing his long list of screen credits by the producers, cast and crew of the horror film.

Vincent Price and Rathbone on the set of Tales of Terror

Rathbone watches as Vincent Price is made up for scene in Tales of Terror

The cast of If I Were King

Rathbone rehearsing on the set of Confession
(photo by Madison Lacy)

a candid shot of Rathbone and Veda Ann Borg on the set of Confession

Rathbone making home movies of Jane Bryan on the set of Confession

Rathbone and Jane Bryan on the set of Confession
Images from the set of The Adventures of Robin Hood:
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Basil and archery expert Howard Hill
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with Errol Flynn, who is wearing a costume for a jousting scene that was later cut from the film.
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Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone looking over costume designs, 1938.

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Basil loved to film home movies

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Basil Rathbone, Una O'Connor and Olivia de Havilland

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Basil Rathbone and Olivia de Havilland

a photo of the cast
The cast of Son of Frankenstein celebrate Boris Karloff's birthday, 1938, plus other photos from the set of "SOF":
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Rathbone, Karloff and Lugosi
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Basil, director Rowland Lee, and Karloff
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Basil, Karloff and Bela Lugosi

Basil and Boris

Boris and Basil eating birthday cake
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Basil, director Rowland Lee, and Karloff

Basil, director Rowland Lee, Bela Lugosi and Karloff

Bela Lugosi, Rathbone and Boris Karloff having a conference with director Rowland Lee

Lionel Atwill, Josephine Hutchinson and Basil Rathbone

Rathbone and Donnie Dunagan

Rathbone and Donnie Dunagan

Rathbone, Karloff and Donnie Dunagan

Basil and director Rowland Lee

getting hair styled for role of Disraeli in "Victoria Regina" (television)

getting hair styled for role of Disraeli
Fred Williams affixes a beard to Rathbone for role of Svengali in "Svengali and the Blonde" (television), July 1955.



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