Classic Hollywood #39 – Basil Rathbone and Angela Lansbury

Basil Rathbone and Angela Lansbury – 1954

Basil Rathbone Angela Lansbury Paramount Commisary 1954 Court Jester photo EisenstadtThis very appealing photograph was taken in 1954 and shows Basil Rathbone and Angela Lansbury eating lunch at the Paramount studio commissary.

Rathbone and Lansbury are  in costume for the filming of The Court Jester (1955) which they starred in along with Danny Kaye.

Rathbone looks less than enthused with his meal and Lansbury has taken a couple of bites of her hamburger and has decided to fix her hair, possibly sensing that Life magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstadt is about to snap this candid photo of the pair.

Lansbury appears completely at ease while eating her food in medieval regalia, while no one else visible in the commissary appears to be in costume.

Rathbone’s enduring fame as an actor came from playing Sherlock Holmes in 15 motion pictures and was wonderful as the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1939). Dick Cavett tells a great story about Rathbone here.

Basil Rathbone died of a heart attack in 1967 at the age of 75.

Angela Lansbury has not appeared in a film since 2011 and will turn 90-years-old on October 16, 2015.

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