Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1932. Vintage borderless black-and-white double weight publicity still of charismatic Arctic adventurer Peter Freuchen, shot by George Hurrell, likely taken to promote the 1934 release of "Eskimo," based on his 1927 book "Storfanger" and 1929 book "Die Flucht ins weisse Land." Intimately INSCRIBED at length by Freuchen on the recto, to the left, right, and below his countenance: "To Florence Thomas from yours very truly friend Peter Freuchen June 6 — 32 / This picture was taken from my by violation. Never trust women with black hair. / Florence is the one lady I will be thinking of in the Alaska winter. There is a few more of course, but Florence— ."
"Eskimo" was shot on location near Teller, Alaska beginning in late July, and it is likely the inscription refers to the film, winner of an Academy Award for Best Editing. Freuchen was heavily involved in the film, encouraging the studio to hire only indigenous actors for the leading roles, supporting the use of local language for the dialogue, and starring in the role of the villainous white captain. Though quite popular while in Hollywood promoting the film, at one point purportedly lifting actress Jean Harlow over his 6 foot 7 inch frame, we have little in the way of clues to help lead us to this photo's highly praised recipient.
Shot by famed 1930s photographer George Hurrell, with a rubber stamp to the verso crediting his name and MGM Studios.
9 x 11.75 inches. Very Good plus condition, with a light tape shadow to the top edge.