The Basil Rathbone Gallery

Candid Photos, Page Three

 Candid Photos taken at Rathbone parties

The first eleven photographs on this page were taken at the Rathbone's Eleventh Wedding Anniversary party held at the Victor Hugo Restaurant in Beverly Hills. Guests came dressed as famous couples; Basil and Ouida were dressed as Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elizabeth of Austria.

Ouida and Basil

Ouida and Basil
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Basil greeting Marlene Dietrich

Basil with Mr. and Mrs. Edward G. Robinson (dressed as Napoleon and Josephine)

Guests at the party

Basil and a young guest (Heather Angel?)
(photo by Charles Rhodes)

Basil, with Dolores Del Rio and her husband Cedric Gibbons (art director at MGM)

Gene Raymond, Jeanette McDonald, Ouida and Basil

Basil, Cedric Gibbons, Dolores Del Rio, and Ouida

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Basil with "Father Time"

Marlene Dietrich dressed as a bridegroom, with Ouida and Basil Rathbone
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Arthur Rubinstein's birthday party
from left: Mr. and Mrs. Rubinstein, Ouida Rathbone, the Grand Duchess, Basil (behind her), Marlene Dietrich, and Heifitz
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Basil with George Jessel at a dinner. (Love the wall fresco!)

Below are four photos from the wedding of Basil's son Rodion Rathbone to Caroline Fischer.
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Rodion Rathbone's wedding party: Ouida R., Mrs. Cedric Frances, Constance Collier, Caroline and Rodion, Walter Wurdeman, Cedric Frances and Basil Rathbone.

Basil with son Rodion and his bride Caroline, 1938
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Rodion Rathbone's wedding dinner: Caroline, Rodion, Ouida, Basil, Constance Collier, and Walter Wurdeman, 1938

Basil, with son Rodion and bride Caroline

Basil and Ouida with Irving Thalberg and his wife Norma Shearer at a party in the Venetian ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, July 1929.

Basil Rathbone and Norma Shearer at a party in the Beverly Hills Hotel, July 1929

Canapes, anyone?
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Seated: Mary Pickford, Buddy Rogers, Jeannette MacDonald, Gene Raymond, Mrs. Allan Jones
Standing: Ouida, Harold Lloyd, Mrs. Lloyd, Basil, Allan Jones
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Basil having a good time with Miriam Hopkins and others
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Basil with Mrs. and Mr. Allan Jones, Jeanette MacDonald and Gene Raymond
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Basil with Baroness Natvarry and Max Rhinehart at a dinner party in honor of Max
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Basil with friends at a party. Couple on right are Jeanette McDonald and Gene Raymond.

Basil, kissing the hand of the Grand Duchess Marie of Russia

Rathbone pouring champagne for guests Dolores Del Rio, Gary Cooper and Lili Damita

Hedy Lamarr chats with Basil, Mary Lee Epling Hartford, and her fiancé Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Another pic of Hedy Lamarr, Basil, Mary Lee Epling Hartford, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Rathbone with Olivia DeHavilland, David Niven, Nigel Bruce and Errol Flynn

Marlene Dietrich dancing with host Basil at a 1939 party the Rathbones gave in honor of Arthur Rubenstein. David O. Selznick can be seen in the background.

Seated: Heather Angel, Merle Oberon, Ouida, Mabel Webb (Clifton Webb's mother)
Standing: Basil, David Niven, Gregory Ratoff (director)

Guests at Clifton Webb's home in Hollywood (same as at left)

close-ups of Basil from above photos

Annabella, Basil, Ouida, and Tyrone Power at a Hollywood Guild benefit ball hosted by Ouida, 1939
Photo from Los Angeles Bureau World Wide Photos

Basil Rathbone welcomes Annabella to a charity ball hosted by the Rathbones. Her escort Tyrone Power Jr. looks on. (1939)

Leslie Howard and Rathbone

with Charlie Chaplin

Rathbone, with Annabelle (Mrs. Tyrone Power), Charles Chaplin and Arthur Rubinstein




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