Hollywood Rides a Bike (Angel City Press, 160 pages, $20) includes candid backlot shots, production stills from movies in which the actor, in character, rides a bike, and real-life photos of stars. Retro bike fiends will note the streamlined angles, artful detail and old-school craftsmanship on the cruisers, roadsters and other bikes.
Sean Connery on the Universal Lot (1964)
Sean Connery, riding a Schwinn on the Universal lot during the filming of Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie, which co-starred Tippi Hedren.
Teenage Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor rides her bike early in her career, around the time when her comedy with William Powell, Life With Father (1947), was released, and a few years after National Velvet (1944) and Courage of Lassie (1946).
Alfred Hitchcock at Cannes (1972)
Alfred Hitchcock biking at the Cannes Film Festival. He was promoting Frenzy, about a serial killer who strangles his victim with a necktie. It turned out to be his final film.
Ray Walston and Anthony Perkins Play Bike Polo (1960)
During breaks in filming Tall Story, Ray Walston and Anthony Perkins played bicycle polo with canes, a ball and tin cans on the Warner Bros. backlot.
Susan Peters Rides Along the Sea (1943)
Actress Susan Peters takes in the view along Palisades Park. She was nominated for an Oscar in 1942 for Random Harvest. Tragically, a hunting accident in 1945 left her paralyzed below the waist. She died in 1948 from complications from the accident.
Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth Ride a Tandem
Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth ride a French-made Griffon tandem in their first romantic drama together, The Lady in Question. The pair did four more films, including Gilda in 1946.
Sophia Loren and Rik Battaglia Ride Two-for-one (1954)
While filming Woman of the River, Sophia Loren and Rik Battaglia came up with a fun way to ride one bike together by turning the handlebars into a seat for Loren.
Humphrey Bogart Rides Around Warner Bros.
Casablanca star Humphrey Bogart bikes around the backlot of Warner Bros. during the mid-1940s. Bogart, who also starred in To Have and Have Not (1944) and The Big Sleep (1946), easily makes his way around the soundstage canyons.
Jean Chatburn and Eleanor Stewart Ride Ingos
Jean Chatburn and Eleanor Stewart ride Ingos, flexible scooter-like bikes made in Chicago during the '30s. Chatburn starred in The Great Ziegfeld (1936), among other movies. Stewart was known for her roles in Westerns, mainly with Hopalong Cassidy.
Grace Bradley on a High Wheel (1933)
Broadway star-turned-Hollywood actress, Grace Bradley sits on a Gormully & Jeffrey high-wheel. After signing with Paramount, Bradley appeared in Anything Goes (1936) and Wake Up and Live (1937), among other films.
Julie Christie Bikes on the Set (1970)
While filming The Go-Between, an out-of-costume Julie Christie rides a small-wheel BSA "Twenty" folding bike between scenes in Norfolk, Va. Christie plays Lady Marian Trimingham, who tricks an infatuated teenage boy into helping her conceal her affair with a farmhand.
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