Friday, July 29, 2016

Shirley Joyrides

A vintage shot of Shirley Temple with singer James Melton. Here's the accompanying publicity blurb:


HOLLYWOOD, CALIF…James Melton, MGM's singing star, and collector of ancient horseless carriages, such as the one he is teaching Shirley Temple to drive. Melton has a collection of around seventy cars whose vintage date back to the gay nineties. 8/22/44

Melton was renting a house from actress/comedienne Zasu Pitts, who was the next-door neighbor of Temple's. Apparently Shirley enjoyed tooling around in Melton's vehicles. Nothing more than that, folks; the guy was twice Shirley's age and already married. His biggest break in Hollywood was the "La Traviata" segment of 1946's "Ziegfeld Follies."

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1 comment:

K. Martinez said...

I guess Shirley was 16 at the time the photo was taken. If there was something more, I'm sure it would've caused a scandal and become public. Love the photo of James Melton and Marion Bell.

Dave, just wanted to say it's been wonderful having you post regularly on your blog in the last two weeks and it's much appreciated. Thanks for the time and effort you put into it.