So I was looking up Ramon Novarro on the occasion of the 114th anniversary of his birth when who to my wandering eyes should appear is this Charles Farrell chap. I wasn't familiar with him... but that didn't last long. I made it my duty to acquaint myself. I mean, I knew once I saw these pictures of him and Gary Cooper and Leslie Howard hanging out it was meant to be.
Leslie Howard's looking at him exactly how I would have been looking at him (also, Leslie Howard's left hand has disappeared under the table right in the direction my hand would have disappeared while sitting next to these two.)
So Farrell is best known for teaming up with the actress Janet Gaynor in over a dozen films together through the silents and straight through the talkies - their first flick together was 1927's 7th Heaven, which was a big hit and cemented their status as an It couple. They also starred together in a movie for Murnau called City Girl, which I'd very much like to see now.
He and Gaynor worked together so much that everybody thought they were married in real life; he was actually married to the actress Virginia Valli, but nobody cared - their hearts belonged to Charles and Janet.
Love that scar. And his hair!
His swooping luxurious hair.
hit the jump there's over fifty more pictures, including a delectable hint of pre-code nudity...