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February 21, 2021

40 Fabulous Cover Photos of Modern Screen Magazine in the 1930s and ’40s

Founded by the Dell Company of New York City it initially sold for 10 cents, Modern Screen was an American fan magazine that for over 50 years featured articles, pictorials and interviews with movie stars (and later television and music personalities).

Modern Screen covers in the 1930s and 1940s


Modern Screen magazine debuted on November 3, 1930, and quickly became popular and by 1933 it had become Photoplay magazine’s main competition. It began to brag on its cover that it had “The Largest Circulation of Any Screen Magazine”, and Jean Harlow is seen reading a copy of Modern Screen in the 1933 film Dinner at Eight.

During the early 1930s, the magazine featured artwork portraits of film stars on the cover. By 1940, it featured natural color photographs of the stars and was charging 15 cents per issue.

Contributors to the magazine included famed photographer George Hurrell and famed writers like Faith Baldwin. Louella Parsons wrote a column entitled “Good News.”

The magazine remained popular through the 1970s. In the early 1980s, however, the popularity of general interest celebrity publications like People magazine proved to be the end of old-fashioned movie fan magazines. Modern Screen became a bimonthly magazine, but in 1985 publication of the magazine ceased. 

Here below is a set of fabulous photos that shows covers of Modern Screen magazine in the 1930s and 1940s.

Miriam Hopkins on the cover of Modern Screen, March 1930

Norma Shearer on the cover of Modern Screen, December 1932

Kay Francis on the cover of Modern Screen, December 1933

Ruby Keeler on the cover of Modern Screen, August 1933

Sally Eilers on the cover of Modern Screen, June 1933

Grace Moore on the cover of Modern Screen, September 1935

Kay Francis on the cover of Modern Screen, May 1935

Carole Lombard on the cover of Modern Screen, September 1936

Ginger Rogers on the cover of Modern Screen, August 1936

Marlene Dietrich on the cover of Modern Screen, November 1937

Carole Lombard on the cover of Modern Screen, May 1938

Jeanette MacDonald on the cover of Modern Screen, September 1938

Simone Simon by Earl Christy on the cover of Modern Screen, July 1938

Claudette Colbert on the cover of Modern Screen, February 1939

Ginger Rogers on the cover of Modern Screen, May 1939

Priscilla Lane on the cover of Modern Screen, August 1939

Jeanette MacDonald on the cover of Modern Screen, January 1940

Norma Shearer on the cover of Modern Screen, December 1940

Merle Oberon on the cover of Modern Screen, September 1941

Paulette Goddard on the cover of Modern Screen, July 1941

Priscilla Lane on the cover of Modern Screen, January 1941

Betty Grable on the cover of Modern Screen, August 1942

Clark Gable on the cover of Modern Screen, November 1942

Judy Garland on the cover of Modern Screen, January 1942

Lana Turner on the cover of Modern Screen, October 1942

Maureen O'Hara on the cover of Modern Screen, April 1942

Olivia de Havilland on the cover of Modern Screen, September 1942

Betty Grable on the cover of Modern Screen, October 1943

Deanna Durbin on the Overseas Armed Forces Edition of Modern Screen, September 1943

John Payne on the cover of Modern Screen, April 1943

Lana Turner on the cover of Modern Screen, May 1943

Shirley Temple on the cover of Modern Screen, April 1944

Frank Sinatra on the cover of Modern Screen, October 1945

Joan Leslie on the cover of Modern Screen, January 1945

Shirley Temple on the cover of Modern Screen, April 1945

Alan Ladd on the cover of Modern Screen, April 1946

Cornel Wilde on the cover of Modern Screen, November 1946

Lizabeth Scott on the cover of Modern Screen, October 1947

Tyrone Power on the cover of Modern Screen, December 1947

Ava Gardner on the cover of Modern Screen, March 1949




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