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The Ruby Troupers: 1953

The Ruby Troupers: 1953

August 1953. "Jane Russell and Mary McCarty on the set of the film The French Line." Color transparency by John Vachon for the Look magazine assignment "Two Gals From Texas." View full size.

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Hey, I lived in Texas for a few years and I can say for sure that those gals aren't from Texas. They're from somewhere further north, say Kansas, or even Minnesota.

Jane's sidekick

Others will most likely have something to say about Jane Russell (and the two reasons why RKO chose to release this pic in 3-D) so I'll talk about her sidekick. Ms. McCarty seems about halfway through her career journey from Florabelle in Shirley Temple’s "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm" (1938) to Mama Morton (matron of the women's jail) in the original Broadway cast of "Chicago" (1975).

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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