That's Marion Davies and William Haines watching a movie -- one made by Marion's character, I believe -- in the 1928 King Vidor classic "Show People." We're using it because I just came across a blog entry about the problems some face when they watch a classic movie in a theater or some other public environment (such as outdoors on a large screen during the summer), and some rather uncouth people spoil the experience by hooting at the film for whatever unknown reason. You can find the entry -- and a number of comments on the topic -- at http://anotheroldmovieblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/movie-hating-public.html#comments
I'm fortunate in that I can't recall ever encountering such a situation -- it may have helped that most of my viewings have come at revival houses in places such as New York City, where there is a considerable clientele who treat these films with respect and not as camp -- but I've probably been one of the lucky ones. Perhaps it's only a matter of time.
My question to you is, have you ever been faced with this situation? What movie was it, and what was the apparent reason for such behavior? (One comment in the above entry refers to people hooting at Jean Arthur's rather unique voice while "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" was shown. I viewed that film in public nearly five years ago, and thankfully no one stooped to such an action.)
I guess part of me is particularly interested in seeing if any screenings of Carole Lombard films have received such nefarious treatment, but this query applies to any film from the classic era.
So let us know.
P.S. An update on the "quintessential 1930s actress" poll at "Hollywood Dreamland" -- Carole Lombard now has the lead! She has 23 votes, while Bette Davis has 16 votes and "Libeled Lady" co-stars Jean Harlow and Myrna Loy have 13 each. There are still a few days left to vote, so if you haven't, go to http://hollywooddreamland.blogspot.com/ and cast your ballot for Carole.