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Still trying to sort out the series of this tough set. Believe that there are at least four based on characteristics and mentioned movie titles. Have only listed ones that I could confirm after seeing images view front and review back (always the possibility that groups of cards with duplicates may have had images switched...so don't forget to check what you have and alert of any discrepancies). Need good image of front/back of "Series 1" example (mine is pretty rough)

Previously reported checklist:
1 - Leo, the M-G-M Lion
2 - Marion Davies
3 - Joan Crawford
4 - Lionel Barrymore
5 - Robert Montgomery
6 - Norma Shearer
7 - Johnny Weissmuller
8 - Jimmy (Schnozzle) Durante
9 - Marie Dressler
10 - Wallace Beery
11 - Madge Evans
12 - Franchot Tone 
13 - 1Clark Gable
14 - Helen Hayes
15 - John Barrymore
16 - Lee Tracy
17 - Ramon Novarro 
18 - Stan Laurel
19 - Oliver Hardy  
20 - Jackie Cooper
21 - Diana Wynyard
22 - Stuart Erwin
23 - Ed Wynn
24 - Jean Harlow
25 - Walter Huston
26 - (a) Maureen O’Sullivan (b) Polly Moran
27 - Lewis Stone
28 - Myrna Loy
29 - Charles Chase
30 - Karen Morely
31 - Robert Young
32 - Jean Hersholt

SCREEN SNAPPIES
Ridley’s/Loew’s Theaters, U.S.A. - 1933-34

Certainly one of the tougher movie star sets to build, these cards were presumably distributed to Loew’s Movie Theater patrons beginning in early 1933, based on the issue dates of the movie titles found on card back. Each numbered card front depicts a contemporary M-G-M screen star in green/blue-green or sepia-tinted photo with an inscription coaxing the reader to Loew’s (i.e. “See You Folks at Loew’s”, etc.) with their name and studio affiliation. Backs are printed in either blue (found in association with both color fronts) or black (for the sepia fronts only) ink and contain the set and star’s name, card number, a short biography and an advertisement to win a movie ticket by sending in a complete set of cards that would be returned (presumably defaced in some manner to prevent further redemption). An advertisement for “Funny Film Faces” is present at the bottom back on all but the presumed initial release (which also has a green front and blue back). This characteristic, different back colors (blue vs. black) and dates of different movie titles mentioned on card backs (which was often updated) allow grouping into different series. Many of the movies, mentioned on card backs, bear working pre-release titles that were later changed at time of release, so the presumption is that studios must have had an integral part in providing information in advance so that card series could be printed as a means of advertising coming movies. (ACC# R122)

Series 1 (green front/blue back; no “Funny Film Faces”)
32 numbered cards, 60 x 73 mm
ScreenSnappies_R122-1_LoewsRidley's_C.jpg 
Card fronts and backs are printed in blue-green and blue, respectively. This appears to be the initial offering of this set title, as card backs do not advertise “Funny Film Faces” at bottom.

KNOWN CHECKLIST:
17 - Ramon Novarro - “The Barbarian”
26 - Maureen O’Sullivan - “Tarzan the Ape Man” & “Tarzan and His Mate”


Series 2 (sepia front/blue back)
32 numbered cards, 60 x 73 mm
ScreenSnappies_R122-2_LoewsRidley's_C.jpg 
Card fronts are printed in a deep sepia tone, while all (a) backs are printed in blue. The advertisement for “Funny Film Faces” continues to appear at bottom on all backs. These cards can also be found with (b) blank backs. This series may simply represent a variation of ‘Series 1’, but both checklists remain far from complete limiting this conclusion. 

KNOWN CHECKLIST: * = pre-release movie title 
1   - Leo, the M-G-MLion -  no movie title mentioned 
2   - Marion Davies - “Peg O’ My Heart”
3   -
4   - Lionel Barrymore - “Rasputin and the Empress” & “Service”*
5   -
6   -
7   -
8   - Jimmy (Schnozzle) Durante (near L profile - different photo vs. future series)
9   -
10 -
11 - Madge Evans (H&S, looking R - different photo vs. future series)
12 -
13 - Clark Gable - “Night Flight”
14 -
15 -
16 -
17 - Ramon Navarro - “The Barbarian”
18 -
19 - Oliver Hardy (no hat - different photo vs. future series) & no movie title mentioned
20 -
21 -
22 -
23 -
24 -
25 -
26 -
27 - Lewis Stone- “Service”*
28 - 
29 - 
30 - 
31 - 
32 - 


Series 3 (green front/blue back; “Funny Film Faces”)
32 numbered cards, 60 x 73 mm
ScreenSnappies_R122-3_LoewsRidley's_C.jpg 
Card fronts and backs are printed in blue-green and blue, respectively, and an advertisement for “Funny Film Faces” appears at bottom on all backs. At least three different cards (#8, 11, 19) use different photos than found in ‘Series 2’.


KNOWN CHECKLIST: * = pre-release movie title
1 -
2 -
3 - Joan Crawford - “Today We Live”
4 -
5 -
6 - Norma Shearer - “Smilin’ Thru”
7 - Johnny Weissmuller -“Tarzan and His Mate”
8 - Jimmy (Schnozzle) Durante (looking L - different photo vs. Series 2) - “Hell Below”
9 - Marie Dressler - “Tug-Boat Annie” & card No. 10 mentioned
10 - Wallace Beery - “Dinner at Eight”
11 - Madge Evans (H&N, looking forward -different photo vs. Series 2) - “Hell Below” & “Dinner at Eight”
12 -
13 - Clark Gable - “White Sister” & “Night Flight”
14 -
15 - John Barrymore- “Reunion in Vienna”, “Dinner at Eight” & “Night Flight”
16 - Lee Tracy - “Never Give a Sucker a Break”* & “Dinner at Eight”
17 - Ramon Novarro - “The Barbarian”
18 - Stan Laurel - “The Devil’s Brother”
19 - Oliver Hardy (wearing hat - different photo than previous) - “The Devil’s Brother”
20 - Jackie Cooper - “Skippy” & “The Champ”
21 - Diana Wynyard - “Reunion in Vienna”
22 - Stuart Erwin - “Stranger’s Return”
23 - Ed Wynn - “The Fire Chief”
24 - Jean Harlow - “Dinner at Eight” & “Black Orange Blossoms”*
25 - Walter Huston - “Gabriel Over the White House” & “Hell Below”
26 - Maureen O’Sullivan - “Tarzan the Ape Man” & “Tarzan and His Mate”
27 - Lewis Stone - “Looking Forward”
28 - Myrna Loy - “The Barbarian” & “Night Flight”
29 -
30 - Karen Morely - “Gabriel Over the White House” & “Dinner at Eight”
31 - Robert Young - “Hell Below”
32 - 



Series 4 (sepia front/black back)
32 numbered cards, 60 x 73 mm
ScreenSnappies_R122-4_LoewsRidley's_C.jpg 
Card fronts are printed in a deep sepia tone, while all backs are printed in black. The advertisement for “Funny Film Faces” continues to appear at bottom on all backs. Based on updated movie titles mentioned on the back of some cards (compared to the preceding series), this series appears to have been issued in either late 1933 or even possibly early 1934. 

KNOWN CHECKLIST: * = pre-release movie title 
1 - Leo, the M-G-M Lion - no movie title mentioned
2 - Marion Davies - “Peg O’My Heart” & “The Barretts of Wimpole Street”*
3 - Joan Crawford - “Dancing Lady”
4 - Lionel Barrymore - “Dinner at Eight”, “Stranger’s Return” & “Dark to Dawn”*
5 - 
6 -
7 - Johnny Weissmuller - “Tarzan and His Mate”
8   - Jimmy (Schnozzle) Durante (looking L - same photo as Series 3) - “The Big Liar”, “Five Days” & “Hell Below”
9 - Marie Dressler - “Tug-Boat Annie” & cards No. 4,10, 15,16 and 24 mentioned
10 - 
11 - Madge Evans (H&N, looking forward - same photo as Series 3) - “The Nuisance”, “Hell Below”, “Made on Broadway” & “Dinner at Eight”
12 -
13 - Clark Gable - “Dark to Dawn”*, “The White Sister”, “Hold Your Man”, “Dancing Lady” 14 -
15 - John Barrymore - “Dark to Dawn”*
16 - Lee Tracy - “The Nuisance” & “Dinner at Eight”
17 - Ramon Navarro - “Cat and the Fiddle” & “Laughing Boy”
18 - Stan Laurel - “The Devil’s Brother”
19 - Oliver Hardy (wearing hat - same photo as Series 3) - “The Devil’s Brother”
20 - Jackie Cooper - “Skippy” & “The Champ”
21 - Diana Wynyard - “Reunion in Vienna”
22 - Stuart Erwin - “Stranger’s Return” & “The Big Liar”
23 - Ed Wynn - “The Fire Chief”
24 - Jean Harlow - “Dinner at Eight” 
25 -
26 - Maureen O’Sullivan - “Tarzan the Ape Man” & “Tarzan and His Mate”
27 -
28 - Myrna Loy - “The Barbarian”, “When Ladies Meet” & “Dark to Dawn”
29 - Charles Chase - no movie title mentioned
30 -
31 - Robert Young - “Tugboat Annie” & “Hell Below”
32 - Jean Hersholt - “Dinner at Eight”


Thanks in advance for any assistance,
Chris



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