Names are superfluous here. You know who they are. You’d not be reading Greenbriar otherwise. The year is 1939, and the event is Lionel Barrymore’s birthday. He was sixty-one years young the day this was taken. Back then sixty-one was old. If you made it that far, you achieved Grand Old Man status, at least at MGM. Norma’s firm hand-grasp might quicken the pulse of a man twice Lionel’s years, but he seems to be taking it all with equanimity. Mickey Rooney’s eighty-six now and the only survivor from this group. That’s got to be sobering. Couple of months ago, he was selling his autograph at an Atlanta sci-fi con. What a road he’s traveled. Be sure to readLife Is Too Shortif you get a chance. That’s the one where Mick tells of his affair with Norma in graphicdetail. Settles a lot of old scores as well. What a book. The lineup here, from left to right, as if it’s necessary to identify them ---Mickey Rooney, RobertMontgomery,Clark Gable, Louis B. Mayer, William Powell, andRobert Taylor.Seated areNorma Shearer, Lionel Barrymore, and Rosalind Russell.