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   StormCnter  Ok, search your long-ago memory of the stars. There are three actors and one genius in this photo.
   August 12 at 06:04 EST .

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   Gram77  Wow, a very young David Niven, Merle Oberon and maybe Norma Shearer. Stuck with the fella on the right,
August 12 at 09:12 EST .

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   StormCnter  You're doing so well, Gram. Just remember who was Norma Shearer's husband. He is the "genius" of the group.
August 12 at 09:36 EST .

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   Gram77  OK, i am thinking!!
August 12 at 11:34 EST .

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   Richdet  The man on the right is Irving Thalberg, producer of many of the great MGM classics, up until his sudden death in the mid-30s when he was probably 36 or 37 himself.

Thalberg was the inspiration for F. Scott Fitzgerald's unfinished "The Last Tycoon," Fitzgerald himself also dying young. Shearer and Thalberg were very kind to Fitzgerald -- she welcomed him to their parties despite a penchant for embarrassing himself socially, and Thalberg gave him various writing jobs.

At the time of this photo, which can't be that long before Thalberg's death, Shearer was a prominent star, "queen of the MGM lot" (or at least second in line to that throne after Garbo ) or, alternatively, the "boss's wife" (per Joan Crawford, third in line for that throne ). Oberon was a new import from England, herself soon to marry a movie mogul (Alexander Korda, a big name in Britain in those days ). Niven was a young on-the-make actor, just getting a foothold in movies, and recruited to escort people like Oberon to events. I think he talks about this specific night (when this pic was taken ) in one of his many memoirs.
August 12 at 20:45 EST .

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   StormCnter  Irving Thalberg is the answer.
August 13 at 05:39 EST .

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