Stars With Big Heads

Everyone knows movie stars have to have enormous egos, otherwise they couldn’t be movie stars, right?

Well, here are a few stars with really big heads – papier-mache ones that is, part of a group of 14 Big-Headed stars sent to represent Los Angeles’ Al Malaikah Temple during the big Shriners confab in Philadelphia in 1926. And they plugged their latest films at the same time, of course. Oh, those crazy Freemasons!

Buster Keaton in his Go West (1925) garb.

Charlie Chaplin ala The Gold Rush (1925)

Douglas Fairbanks in The Black Pirate mode (1926)

Harold Lloyd dressed for For Heaven's Sakes (1926)

Richard Dix as The Quarterback (1926)

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4 Responses to Stars With Big Heads

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    These are great! Unfortunately, they probably wouldn’t be allowed to do this today.

  2. Taylor Young says:

    These are so great! Where did you find them? By the way, this blog is a must for anyone interested in true Hollywood history. And it keeps getting better and better. Thank you for your accurate and entertaining insights!

    • Steve says:

      Bless you, Taylor. You are the best! I got these out of a 1926 issue of Pictorial California. The second I saw them I thought they were so much fun i wanted to share.

  3. Several of the giant heads survived until a few years ago, when they were loaned to a charity event and unfortunately, destroyed. They had appeared in the 1946 “Gilda”. History For Hire owned the Chaplin and Fairbanks, which were destroyed. Only the John Gilbert has survived. I have no idea what happened to Lloyd, Dix and Keaton.

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