Written by  on August 25, 2013 

Astaire and Cyd Charisse

Romanian-born Jacques Kapralik  (October 29th 1906 – November 28th 1960) was one of the great 20th century caricaturists, who is best remembered for his work with the major Hollywood movie studios in their 1930-50’s heyday, including MGM,  Paramount and 20th Century Fox.His speciality and artistry was pretty unique ; he essentially created collages made from a variety of materials including wool, plastic, cloth and printed  paper  (amongst others) which depicted various Hollywood movies and movie stars of the day and which ultimately served as advertisements for the movies/studios.Kapralik began by designing miniature models of the film stars, which were then photographed against various backdrops to produce a three-dimensional effect .The resulting photographs were colourful, quirky and charismatic though curiously they were only seen professionally within the film industry (where Kapralik was considered a ‘genius’)  and were not displayed for public consumption.Kapralik’s colourful and quirky work is imbued with great humour (as one would expect) and rooted in a craft-focused technique.I present here for your delectation some marvellous examples of this highly-talented individual’s work!




GO WEST (1940) The Marx Brothers

I MARRIED AN ANGEL (1942) Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy


Hedy Lamarr and Clark Gable

I DOOD IT (1943) Red Skelton

HONKY TONK (1941) Clark Gable and Lana Turner


Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy and Zachary Scott

Norma Shearer & Melvyn Douglas


Jimmy Stewart and Hedy Lamarr


Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy and Ingrid Bergman

Melvyn Douglas and Myrna Loy

Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonaldANDY HARDY'S DOUBLE LIFE (1942) Ann Rutherford and Mickey Rooney

Red Skelton and Ann Sothern

SHIP AHOY (1942) Tommy Dorsey, Red Skelton and Eleanor Powell

Rosalind Russell and Clark Gable

Melvyn Douglas and Greta Garbo


Bud Abbott and Lou Costello

Judy Garland

Red Skelton

designing woman

Ronald Colman and Greer Garson

Vivien Leigh and Robert Taylor

Mickey Rooney

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