There's no secret that I find classic actresses' smoking habits romantic, sensual and classy. Therefore I've decided to share that fascination with you through a little mini series called "Smoking women" - containing both film clips and photographs. You might see it as a sequel to my Men and cigarettes post from February.
Evelyn Brent smoking a "bomber" in The Last Command (1928), directed by Josef von Sternberg. Handing her the cigarette is no other than Emil Jannings
Anna May Wong leans backwards in a comfortable arm chair, smoking a cigarette while waiting for Mr. Holmes (Reginald Owen) in A Study in Scarlet (1933).
Loretta Young in Born to Be Bad (1934) to the tones of My Mama Done Told Me. I love when she blows smoke in Cary Grant's face, wonderfully rude!
A scene from another Josef von Sternberg film, The Docks of New York (1928). Betty Compson, rescued from a suicide attempt by a blue-collar worker (George Bancroft), gathers her strength with a cosy bed and a lot of cigarettes. She's a real vixen, isn't she?