Political Crossroads

Published:April 30, 2012 by Brendan Wolfe

Main Street at 4th Street by Ralph W. Holsinger (undated, ca. 1940). This photograph shows downtown Charlottesville during the 1940 presidential election, when the dark-horse Republican nominee Wendell L. Willkie ran and lost against the incumbent Democrat, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Playing at the Paramount Theater was the comedy I Love You Again, starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. (Watch a scene from the film after the jump.) Also visible is the Standard Cut Rate Store, Kinney Shoes, Lighthouse Grill, Arthur’s Grill, Southern Market, Sanitary, and Pender Groceries. (Holsinger Studio Collection, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia)

In I Love You Again, Powell plays the boring, highly successful businessman Larry Wilson, who recovers from amnesia and discovers he’s really a con man … and loves his soon-to-be-ex wife, the beautiful Loy. Donald Douglas plays the unfortunate man who believes he will be marry Loy as soon as the divorce is final.