21 November 2012 10:00 PM, PST | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

There wasn’t a holiday that Hollywood publicists didn’t know how to use to their advantage, especially in the heyday of the studios when starlets under contract were obliged to pose for the staff photographers. None of this effort was in vain: newspapers and magazines around the world gladly published these silly shots, and as you may have discerned by now, I have a particular weakness for them. Here, then, is an array of Thanksgiving publicity pictures from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s for your enjoyment. Ingenue Barbara Kent seems especially eager to start carving in this Universal studios photo from the late 1920s. Kent was Harold Lloyd’s leading lady in two of his...

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