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Beauty for Britons

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.22 at 07:27
Current mood: hothot
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Most of you probably have never seen that image of Carole Lombard before; from her hairstyle and the amount of skin shown, it appears to be from her Pathe period of the late 1920s, most likely taken by chief photographer William E. Thomas. Another glance at the photo provides additional information...

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From the font spelling out "CAROLE LOMBARD," the pic appears to be of British origin, and indeed it is -- a card from the UK measuring 5" x 7". While the image is from the late '20s, the photo probably was issued in the early 1930s, since the Pathe-era Lombard was labeled "Carol."

It's a "really lovely" -- and rare -- original shot of Lombard from the flapper era...and it can be yours if you win an auction from eBay. The seller is from Essex in England, and the starting bid is 4.99 GBP (that's $8.05 in U.S. currency). The auction is slated to close at 3:19 a.m. (Eastern) Nov. 1, a week from Saturday. Place a bid, or get more information, by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-1920s-1930s-Stunning-Original-Pin-Up-Flapper-Vamp-Photo-7x5-/311142449015?pt=UK_Collectables_Photographs_MJ&hash=item487188ff77.

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So you wanna get negative?

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.21 at 08:07
Current mood: artisticartistic
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Well, here's your chance. An original negative of the Carole Lombard portrait above, Paramount p1202-858 from sometime in 1934, is up for auction at eBay. The 8" x 10" comes out as a black-and-white image, not the sepia shade as seen here.

According to the seller, "This is the original negative, not a copy, and has the photographer's retouching on the reverse side. Numbering along the bottom is in raised ink. There is some handling wear. Overall it is in near mint condition."

This negative would be an impressive catch for any Lombard fan who can produce photos from it -- but, to no one's surprise, it will be an expensive catch, too. Bidding begins at $399.99, with the auction closing at 7:16 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday.

If you're a serious Carole collector who loves her series of Paramount portraits, this may be for you. To bid or for additional information, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-8X10-CAMERA-NEGATIVE-PORTRAIT-PARAMOUNT-PICTURES/191381341549?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D26215%26meid%3D638599a897ae445e8a187ccf3329a2cb%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D10926%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D311136377555.

Carole returns indoors for our latest Lombard LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-546 -- and also puts on a white robe.

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'Modern Screen,' October 1940: Just how does she do it?

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.20 at 20:10
Current mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
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And by "do it," we're referring to Carole Lombard's acting prowess, something that in 1940 often was ignored while the press instead focused on her status as Mrs. Clark Gable number three. But see that word "Success," roughly belt-high to her while she poses for a promotional still from "They Knew What They Wanted"? That's the angle, in acting terms, Modern Screen decided to explore in its October issue. (The first four words of the headline are "The Secret Of Lombard's.")

And we're glad they did, because it provides a rarely seen insight into what made Carole the actress tick, from several people who knew Lombard well. (Some of this is indistinguishable from Carole the off-screen personality, but there are some subtle differences, too.) Save for an anecdote near the end, Lombard herself isn't quoted here, which is just as well; her ability to act wasn't something she could readily explain (just as many of baseball's greatest hitters aren't always able to analyze what makes them succeed).

So here's a story that explains the whys and wherefores of Carole Lombard, actress. Enjoy these comments from some of Carole's closest associates.

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Directors Garson Kanin, Mitchell Leisen and George Stevens; cinematographer Harry Stradling; and still photographer Fred Nendrickson are among those in the story who vouch for Lombard's acting talent. Good piece, isn't it?

Carole was found elsewhere in the issue, such as in this Lux soap ad:

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And on the homefront, some Gable and Lombard anecdotes:

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Joan Crawford never made a film titled "Broadway Serenade"; could any Crawford fan know what film the magazine is referring to?

This issue's cover subject was future Crawford rival Bette Davis...

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...while one of the highlights inside is a delightful profile of one of the few non-stars in the industry known by most casual fans, that most independent and misquoted of moguls, the one and only Samuel Goldwyn:

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And wouldn't you know it -- the first film ad in that issue was for Goldwyn's latest film, "The Westerner":

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There also were ads for MGM's "Strike Up The Band"...

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...Columbia's "The Howards Of Virginia," which many deem among the least of Cary Grant's starring vehicles...

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...Warners' "Tugboat Annie Sails Again," an attempt to revive the franchise six years after Marie Dressler's passing (look at the lead characters' names; I'm guessing a young Jay Ward probably saw this film)...

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...Twentieth Century-Fox's "Brigham Young," where Darryl F. Zanuck tried to shoehorn the story of the Mormon leader into a routine western adventure tale, soft-pedaling polygamy and such (it also was marketed with the title "Brigham Young -- Frontiersman")...

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...and Universal's latest from its meal ticket, Deanna Durbin:

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This 90-page magazine, listed in "very good" condition (the seller describes it as "Cover in very good condition with some wear, crease lines at the bottom edge, edge wear, crease near spine, inside pages are in very good to excellent condition with some with some having a tiny bent at the top edge") can be yours for $37.97. Interested? Then check out http://www.ebay.com/itm/BETTE-DAVIS-1940-Carole-Lombard-WILLIAM-HOLDEN-Ronald-Colman-JUDY-GARLAND-Bing/121460895423?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D26215%26meid%3D8c10dd744c9a425e8cadc7b757ab5abc%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D10926%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D121460895423 to buy or for more information.

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An old setting, a new angle

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.19 at 06:39
Current mood: impressedimpressed
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Over the years, this Carole Lombard image -- Paramount p1202-862, from mid-1934 -- has become fairly common among collectors (understandably so, given Carole's vivacious pose). And perhaps you've seen other shots from that session, such as the more contemplative p1202-857:

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But here's a portrait taken in that curved chair, in front of blinds, which I've never seen before...and I'm guessing it'll be new to you, too. Unlike the other pics, this is horizontal:

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It's p1202-851, and if you can't make out the number from that image, here it is in close-up:

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The seller labels it "elegant and oversized" (11" x 14"). It's not original, but was struck from the original negative on glossy paper, in near-mint condition.

Bids begin at $25 for this Lombard rarity, with the auction closing at 4:05 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. To bid or learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/ELEGANT-OVERSIZE-PHOTO-OF-CAROLE-LOMBARD-/281471783950?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item418906940e.

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Some reviews to 'Digest,' 1936

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.18 at 22:55
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic
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Above is Paramount p1202-1106, the first Carole Lombard portrait copyrighted 1936, a pivotal year for her for reasons beyond the start of her romance with Clark Gable. Professionally, in '36 Lombard arrived for good as a top-tier star; there was no turning back.

It just so happens that one of the publications brought online by the Media History Digital Library (http://mediahistoryproject.org/) is something called the Motion Picture Review Digest. Its name defines its purpose, as it encapsulates reviews of recent films from a variety of sources, newspapers and magazines, both general purpose and trade sheets.

The library has uploaded copies from 1936 to 1939, and we'll take a look at them year by year, beginning with reviews the Digest printed during 1936 and listed in its quarterly editions. Rather than list them issue by issue, we'll examine them by movie (as film reviews often were shown in two different quarterlies), chronologically by date of release. Before we do that, here's a sample of how the Digest lists reviews:

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With that in mind, let's begin with "Hands Across The Table," released in October 1935 (and presumably receiving many reviews in the December 1935 quarterly) but the topic of some reviews in early 1936:

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"Hands Across The Table":

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"Love Before Breakfast":

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"The Princess Comes Across":

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"My Man Godfrey":

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Some fascinating contemporary thoughts, particularly about "Godfrey" -- it certainly was well-received, yet it hadn't yet warranted a description as "classic." But unlike Godfrey's portfolio in 1929, its stock would rise in ensuing years.

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Carole, Clark and a cup

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.17 at 22:11
Current mood: productiveproductive
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The year 1939 was winding down, and Carole Lombard -- nearing the nine-month anniversary of her marriage to Clark Gable -- decided to present him with a special gift for Christmas. The result? This loving cup:

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Oh, and just so Clark wouldn't forget who it came from:

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The silver cup (including a octagonal base added later on) measures about 10" x 11"; it's in very good condition. It's valued between $400 and $600, and is among three Lombard-related items available at Profiles in History's Hollywood Auction 65. Other items include a 1940-41 RKO yearbook, with a portrait of Carole promoting "Mr. & Mrs. Smith":

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Of course, the big selling point to this book...

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...is the presence of one Orson Welles and his "John Citizen, U.S.A." (we all know Welles kept the "Citizen," but added all sorts of other controversies)...

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...though animation buffs might like seeing this:

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Finally, MGM publicist William R. Ferguson had a large collection of "Gone With The Wind" photographs, two of which showed Carole at the Atlanta premiere:

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For more on the Lombard items, as well as links to participating in the auction, visit http://www.liveauctioneers.com/search?q=carole+lombard&hasimage=true&by_date=2014-10-18T04%3A40%3A21.985Z.

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A pair of 'True Confession(s)'

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.16 at 21:25
Current mood: energeticenergetic
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Two more goodies related to "True Confession," Carole Lombard's final film for Paramount, have popped up on eBay. First of all, here's Carole with co-star Fred MacMurray on the shores of Lake Arrowhead; while I've seen several other shots of them from this scene, this particular pose is new to me:

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Moreover, it's an original photo -- examine the back for proof, and its approval from the Advertising Advisory Council (aka Joseph Breen):

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It's an 8" x 10" double-weight, and the seller deems it in "very good" condition; "there are some minor creases at the corners." As of this writing, one bid has been made, for $9.99, and bidding is scheduled to end at 9:36 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. If you'd like to get in on the action, or simply are curious, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Fred-MacMurray-at-the-beach-orig-DW-photo-1937-True-Confession/231361281224?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D26215%26meid%3Dab442cfe30274b7190efa91fe3d4a1d7%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D10926%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D371164840683.

The other photo isn't from the film, but is part of its promotional package. It features "farmerette" Carole with one of her ranch's roosters:

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We know she had a rooster on the grounds of her home named Edmund, but thanks to the snipe on the back of this one, we now learn the name of another one of Lombard's poultry menagerie:

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He's "King Tut," who probably strutted around royally on the ranch.

The photo is a 10.25" x 13" single-weight, and here's more information from the seller:

“In very good condition with a very light angled crease across the entire width of the photograph which stars approximately 1.5 in. beneath the top left corner and extends downward into the image area diagonally going through the area between Miss Lombard's right ear and eye, through a portion of the mouth, extending through her right wrist and ending at the right border. There is also a 3 in. long vertical crease on the top right corner which starts within the image area and extends downward to the right to end in the right border. There is a 1 in. diagonal crease on the bottom right corner and a small area of wear in the top border to the right of center.”

It was taken by William Walling Jr., a frequent Lombard photographer late in her Paramount tenure.

The opening bid for this relative rarity is $250, with the auction ending at 7:17 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday. To bid or learn more, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/TRUE-CONFESSION-1937-Carole-Lombard-Oversized-Photo-by-WILLIAM-WALLING-JR/371164840683?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D26215%26meid%3D2a758b5cb4ab4788b6a7411116e0911c%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D10926%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D231361281224.

Carole again is seaside -- once more in shorts, this time with a woolen cap -- for our latest Lombard LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-539.

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'Modern Screen,' October 1934: She won't put on an act

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.15 at 14:20
Current mood: amusedamused
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The portrait above may look somewhat artsy, but it was Carole Lombard's very lack of pretense (not in posing for photos, but in how she lived her life) that made her so popular during her lifetime -- and perhaps more fondly remembered today than so many of her equally talented contemporaries. And lest you think we're dealing in after-the-fact conjecture, kindly examine this piece Dorotny Manners wrote in the October 1934 issue of Modern Screen:

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The comment, "Unlike Jean Harlow, her name has been on the front pages of the newspapers only during two periods of her life, her marriage and subsequent divorce from William Powell," makes it evident this went to press just before the bizarre death of Russ Columbo that Sept. 2. In fact, there's a full-page pic of Columbo elsewhere in the issue:

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Manners notes other segments of the fanmag press tried to sensationalize Lombard, even though her conduct on and off screen belied such beliefs. Carole was herself amused to read she "had a vocabulary like a longshoreman," and while she admitted "I have a habit of being abruptly outspoken and not mincing my words," she added, "never in my life have I said anything for the purpose of embarrassing anyone, or for any 'effect' of being the most shocking woman in Hollywood."

Later, while discussing misconceptions about her relationship with Paramount, Lombard talks about the business of pictures, citing how perceptions of both Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable changed following the unexpected success of "It Happened One Night." (This interview occurred nearly a year and a half before Carole and Clark became romantically linked.)

Lombard ends the interview by saying, "I'm sorry if I've spoiled the Hollywood attempts to make an eccentric, or a sensationalist out of me by explaining all my problems in such a simple fashion. But fooling myself, or other people, has never been a talent of mine."

Manners then concludes the piece with, "How can you help but like her for it?" Indeed.

Lombard's latest film, "Now And Forever," received a B grade from Modern Screen:

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In the "Good News" gossip section was this tidbit about an up-and-coming actress and her uncanny resemblance to Carole:

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Here are some pics of Ann from about this time...whaddya think?

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Perhaps the Lombard-like photo in question was from George Hurrell; it ran in the June 1934 issue of Shadoplay:

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Modern Screen ran a story on makeup, and listed the daytime and nighttime preferences of 23 actresses of the day, Lombard among them:

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Here's what was shown for Carole:

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The issue had Janet Gaynor on the cover:

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One of the articles was advice from four fortyish actresses on how to please the man in a mature woman's life:

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Several films were advertised including MGM's "The Barretts Of Wimpole Street"...

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...Paramount's "Belle Of The Nineties," with tiny Mae West casting a gigantic shadow...

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...Leslie Howard and Kay Francis in "British Agent" from Warners...

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...and the long-forgotten musical "Gift Of Gab" from Universal:

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You can buy this issue, listed in very good condition, for $30. For more information, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/JANET-GAYNOR-Carole-Lombard-LESLIE-HOWARD-Ginger-Rogers-BARBARA-STANWYCK-Colbert-/121460896253?pt=Magazines&hash=item1c47a231fd.

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The Fort Wayne Lombard lovefest, vol. 2

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.14 at 20:14
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic
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That "little daughter" noted in the Oct. 8, 1908 Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, whom the Peters named Jane Alice, would go on to world renown as Carole Lombard. She would be one of the leading lights in a then-largely unknown area of southern California called Hollywood, in the infant industry of motion pictures.

Yesterday's entry dealt with "Fireball" author Robert Matzen's visit to the Indiana city this past Oct. 5, the day before the 106th anniversary of Lombard's birth. Today, we have some more photos relating to the event, specifically shots of Jane Alice's birthplace at the Victorian mansion on 704 Rockhill Street. Four of them are interiors, enabling those who have never been to the birth home (previously a bed-and-breakfast) to get a sense of the place, which has been meticulously cared for by Rick and Cora Brandt.

First of all, the master bedroom, where we presume Jane Alice Peters entered the world that Tuesday evening:

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And here's the room that was hers until she, her mother and two older brothers left for California in the fall of 1914:

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Now, two exterior shots; Matzen says they are "of the original scroll work on the front of the house and a shot of the rear. Unfortunately, both the front and back porches were enclosed after the Peters ownership."

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Finally, two other houses in the neighborhood with ties to the Peters family. First, the Knight building on Spy Run Avenue, where Elizabeth Knight married Frederick Peters in 1902. Today, Matzen says it is "home to Shepherd’s House, a shelter for homeless veterans of the U.S. military."

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Second, the Peters mansion on West Wayne Street; according to Matzen, "An elderly woman once approached the owner with a memory of seeing baby Jane Alice Peters in this house."

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A beautiful neighborhood, where the house on 704 Rockhill had this plaque added to it on Jan. 1, 1938 -- another master promotional stroke by famed publicist Russell Birdwell:

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A look back at Fort Wayne's Lombard lovefest

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.13 at 16:19
Current mood: happyhappy
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Already showing how she could command a photographer's spotlight even as a child, Jane Alice Peters (the future Carole Lombard) poses with her two older brothers Frederic and Stuart as well as her mother, Elizabeth Peters, in a picture taken in her birthplace of Fort Wayne, Indiana. A week ago Sunday, on the eve of the 106th anniversary of Lombard's birth, the city showed its love in return.

Author Robert Matzen, whose fine book "Fireball" not only chronicles Lombard's tragic end, but lovingly looks at her life and the other 21 victims of Flight 3, gave a lecture at the Fort Wayne History Center, and more than 130 filled the room (the one time city council chamber)...

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...helping Matzen sell plenty of books:

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Lots of Lombard memorabilia was on display, much of it provided by Carole Sampeck and The Carole Lombard Archive:

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Afterwards, many of the visitors took a tour of Carole's birthplace at 7047 Rockhill Street:

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Read more about it from Matzen himself at http://robertmatzen.com/2014/10/07/woodstock-on-the-maumee. And from one who couldn't make it back east, thanks to all who attended.

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Get 'Swing'-in'

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.12 at 15:57
Current mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
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The presence of Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray, two stars on the rise, led Paramount to bet on the success of "Swing High, Swing Low" in the first few months of 1937. To that end, the studio heavily promoted the film in both general-interest publications (e.g., daily newspapers and magazines such as Life) and the trade press. One example of the latter now is on sale via eBay:

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According to the seller, "This ad (ready for framing) was very carefully removed from a magazine like Motion Picture Herald or Motion Picture Exhibitor, and is not a reproduction." I don't know about those two publications, but I do know this ran in another trade publication, Film Daily, on Feb. 25, 1937.

Now to the particulars of this ad -- it measures 12 1/4"x 18 3/4" and, the seller says, "Has some minor handling wear on the edges, otherwise it's in good condition." You can purchase it for $8.99 (10 percent off the regular price); to buy or for more information, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/SWING-HIGH-SWING-LOW-1937-ORIGINAL-TRADE-AD-CAROLE-LOMBARD-MUSICAL-ROMANCE-/181550195847?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a453c2487.

Oh, and the bet paid off -- "Swing High, Swing Low" was Paramount's biggest moneymaker of 1937.

Dorothy Lamour, part of the supporting cast, recorded a fine version of the movie's title song; alas, I couldn't find it on YouTube. So here is "Swing High, Swing Low" as performed by the Ink Spots in 1937, when they still were emulating the Mills Brothers with a scat-style sound:

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'No Clark Gable,' indeed

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.11 at 09:25
Current mood: curiouscurious
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"Virtue" -- Carole Lombard's 1932 film, not the concept itself -- came up the other day in San Francisco Chronicle film critic (and pre-Code maven) Mick LaSalle's Q & A column (http://www.sfchronicle.com/movies/askmicklasalle/article/Ask-Mick-LaSalle-Ben-Stiller-bad-5812536.php). To be specific, here's the exchange:

Hi Mick: I'm writing to point out an instance of fantasy predicting reality. In “Virtue,” Carole Lombard’s 1932 film, someone says, “I must have been a sight,” to which someone replies, “You weren’t no Clark Gable.” A predictor of Lombard and Gable’s marriage?

Ron Harrison, San Francisco

Hi Ron: Actually, the weirdest thing in that exchange is that it’s a Columbia picture and yet they said something promoting an MGM actor. The fact that they referenced Gable — in the way that Clooney or maybe Brad Pitt might be referenced now — as a universal exemplar of what a guy should like, tells me that Columbia had nobody under contract who fit that description. In 1937, they would address that absence by signing Cary Grant.

This is accurate, to be sure, but could use some elaboration (and given the space constraints of a newspaper column, I'm guessing that wasn't possible in this instance). First of all, the speaker of "I must have been a sight" is Lombard's leading man in the film, Pat O'Brien (as cab driver Jimmy Doyle), who has gone off on a bender after an argument and breaking up with Lombard's character, wife and ex-streetwalker Mae. (I believe the response came from Ward Bond, but that's neither here nor there in this argument.)

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I don't have the production dates for "Virtue," but I know it was released in October 1932, so I'm guessing it was shot during the summer. By then, Gable (above, in a 1932 George Hurrell portrait) had gained renown as a "man's man" of motion pictures; his characters had gained a texture they initially lacked the year before, when he played thugs in the likes of "A Free Soul" (his breakthrough film) and "Night Nurse." (In fact, three months before "Virtue" premiered, Gable hit theaters in an atypical movie, an adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude.")

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Most Lombard fans know she made one film with Gable, "No Man Of Her Own," which premiered on the next-to-last day of 1932; many also know that she replaced Miriam Hopkins -- who left the production in a dispute over billing -- as Clark's leading lady (see proof above from a trade paper ad of the time). But was this known at the time "Virtue" was in production? Might have this line have been inserted as an in-joke by screenwriter Robert Riskin (himself a later Lombard lover; in fact, her last before Gable)? I'm not sure. (Also note the film initially was to have been known as "No Bed Of Her Own," and the finished product had little, if anything, to do with Val Lewton's story.)

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And LaSalle is right; at the time, Columbia didn't have anyone under contract who fit that Gable description -- in fact, since they really didn't have anyone that fit James Cagney's description, they acquired O'Brien, the next best thing, from Warners as the leading man. ("Virtue" has much the same atmosphere as "Taxi!", a Cagney movie which Lombard had turned down a loanout for, only to watch it become a hit in early '32 with Loretta Young as leading lady. In effect, Columbia mogul Harry Cohn was giving Carole a second chance.) And indeed, Columbia wouldn't have a top-tier leading man under contract until Grant left Paramount in 1937. However, thanks to Cohn's policy of acquiring loanouts, he did get Gable before that:

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And did he ever -- "It Happened One Night" not only was an unexpected hit, but won Academy Awards in 1934 for best picture, best actor (Gable), best actress (Claudette Colbert), best writing, adaptation (Riskin) and best director (Frank Capra).

Lombard leaves ship for the latest LiveJournal header, returning to her gray (or beige?) outfit for Paramount p1202-536.

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'Modern Screen,' May 1938: Whatever happened to...glamour?

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.10 at 16:00
Current mood: giddygiddy
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It's the spring of 1938, and Carole Lombard is the star of the hour following two hit movies, "Nothing Sacred" and "True Confession," not to mention a highly visible romance with the technically still-married Clark Gable. So it's no wonder she's sipping a soda and gracing the cover of that May's issue of Modern Screen.

While there are no stories specifically focusing on Carole, she figures prominently throughout the magazine. Take, for example, this story, entitled "Glamor For Rent":

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A yearning for the "good old days" when things supposedly were better is part of human nature (if it wasn't, there's a good chance this blog might not exist), and it applies to nearly all endeavors. (For example, complaints in the press about the decline of baseball date back to the 19th century!) So it is here, as writer Caroline Somers Hoyt decries the decline of good old-fashioned Hollywood glamour, of which Lombard was among the primary proponents...and now she milked cows on her ranch rather than throwing lavish parties.

However, Carole wasn't a recluse -- she continued to enjoy nightlife. Witness this photo of her (love that smile!) and Gable:

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It accompanies a column of gossipy briefs, which included a few Lombard tidbits:

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Carole, or films she made, played an integral part of the "Between You 'n' Me" letters column:

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The last letter discussed "Nothing Sacred"; in choosing some of the best performances of 1937, Modern Screen went with Carole's other recent picture:

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Yes, Lombard was riding high -- but thanks to a cinematic bucking bronco from Burbank, that wouldn't last long:

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This 9.5" x 12.5" magazine, in good condition for its age, can be purchased for $24.99. If interested or curious, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-MODERN-SCREEN-MOVIE-MAGAZINE-MAY-1938/351190961411?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D26215%26meid%3D4532509ed0bd40d49a99247f4411877e%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D10926%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D351190961411.

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(Swim)suit up with Carole

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.09 at 11:12
Current mood: hothot
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It's no secret that Carole Lombard filled out a swimsuit as well as any actress of the 1930s, although she more or less stopped posing for such portraits after 1937. And while the above pic (my favorite of Carole in swimwear) still doesn't have its Paramount p1202 number identified (help!), another pic of the poolside Lombard does -- and it's up for auction at eBay. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you p1202-792:

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That pic has sort of a Jean Harlow-esque feel, doesn't it?

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And there's a snipe on the back as well:

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This was taken in 1934, at about the time Carole did plenty of swimsuit shots, such as p1202-789...

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...and p1202-794:

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With the autumnal chill beginning to blanket much of the northern hemisphere, I hope these pics cheer you up (or, if you plan on wearing a swimsuit in 2015, provide some inspiration).

More on the p1202-792 being auctioned: It's an 8" x 10" original in "very good -- almost excellent" condition, according to the seller, and is double-weight. Moreover, the seller wins points from me for knowing that the Carole and Gary Cooper film called "You Belong To Me" was renamed "Now And Forever," with up-and-coming Shirley Temple also part of the cast.

As of this writing, three bids have been made, topping out at $28.99; the auction continues through 6:11 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. Like to add it to your collection? Then go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-models-a-bathing-suit-ORIGINAL-1934-portrait-nice-figure/371155864679?_trksid=p5411.c100169.m2942&_trkparms=aid%3D555012%26algo%3DPW.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140131123815%26meid%3D11d8f11e5be344c5b9c8d054d94d8cf6%26pid%3D100169%26prg%3D20140131123815%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D15%26sd%3D161443945429 to bid or find out more.

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Informal elegance

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.08 at 20:14
Current mood: contemplativecontemplative
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Here's yet another example of Carole Lombard looking fabulous without looking fancy, in Paramount portrait p1202-1127, probably from early 1936. It's an original, as witnessed from the stamp on the back, a vintage gelatin silver single-weight portrait measuring 8" x 10" in fine condition.

Think you've seen this before? Maybe, maybe not. You may have confused it with two other shots from the same session -- p1202-1130...

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...or p1202-1133:

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Interested in p1202-1127? Since it's an original in excellent shape, it won't come cheaply. Bidding begins at $59.99, with the auction closing at 10 p.m. (Eastern) next Thursday. To place your bid or monitor the item, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROL-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-8X10-B-W-PORTRAIT-PHOTO-PARAMOUNT-1930s-/161443945429?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2596cf1bd5.

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Matinees in style with our man Travis

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.07 at 11:11
Current mood: creativecreative
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Travis Banton is one of the somewhat unsung heroes of the Carole Lombard look. He was chief fashion designer at Paramount during nearly all of Carole's seven-plus years there, and Lombard liked his work so much that he helped design costumes for films she made at several other studios.

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One of those films was Universal's "My Man Godfrey," and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art -- where another Lombard gown from "Godfrey" is on display at the future Academy Museum of Motion Pictures site next door as part of its "Hollywood Costume" exhibit (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/689208.html) -- is showing the 1936 screwball classic at 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at its Bing Theater. Tickets are $4 general admission, $2 for seniors and LACMA members.

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It's part of a four-film matinee salute to Banton's fashion sense, and it gets underway at 1 p.m. today with "Morocco" (1930), Marlene Dietrich's first movie on American soil. (If you're in LA, you still have time to get there.)

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Claudette Colbert's "Cleopatra" (1934) follows on Oct. 14 (with apologies to Elizabeth Taylor, whose Forest Lawn vault I passed on the way to visiting Carole's yesterday, Claudette remains the classic Cleo)...

...while Dietrich concludes with "Angel" (directed by Ernst Lubitsch) on Oct. 28.

For more on the series, visit http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2014/10/tuesday-matinees-travis-banton.html.

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To Carole, on her 106th

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.06 at 18:27
Current mood: lovedloved
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Dear Carole Lombard:

I hope you're having a joyous 106th anniversary of your birth today. I celebrated in my own way by visiting your crypt at Forest Lawn in Glendale...the first time I've been there in more than 25 years.

Entering the Sanctuary of Trust at the Great Mausoleum -- and yes, I came reverently, wearing a shirt and tie, treating you and your fellow forever residents with the respect and dignity they deserve -- I noted someone had left you flowers, and was glad. Clark Gable's vault next to yours also received flowers, as well as a small American flag, probably in recognition of his military service.

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(The photo above was taken on Oct. 6, 2006, the 98th anniversary of your birth.)

I stood in front of your vault and softly said, "You've changed my life, and I will always love you for it." And that's the truth. Researching your life, and the lives of those you knew and worked with, led me to move to Los Angeles in July, just as you and your mother and brothers did a century ago this fall -- and my apartment not only is a bus ride from neighborhoods you grew up in, but from Forest Lawn as well. (Different bus routees, mind you.)

I understand why you fell in love with Los Angeles and southern California: The scenery is remarkable, the weather for the most part delightful, particularly those cool nights largely devoid of humidity. (I hope it can remain this way; the state is having a dreadful drought, and a condition called global warming spells potential long-term danger.) A friend of mine congratulated me on the move: "Congrats on the courage to follow your dreams -- follow those familiar footsteps you've never taken, see things through her eyes as well as yours." That indeed is what I'm trying to do.

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The city you loved has changed drastically since your mortal self last saw it, and you would be amazed. Skyscrapers now dwarf the City Hall that once towered over the rest of downtown; the Red and Yellow cars are long gone, now replaced by an ever-expanding subway and light rail system that people actually are beginning to use; and whereas Los Angeles once was dominated by emigres from the Midwest (such as your family), it's now a world-class city with a splendid blend of whites, blacks, Asians and Latinos. It's become the dominant metropolis of the West, a global powerhouse of both finance and culture.

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And yes, that culture includes "Hollywood" (which still remains shorthand for the entertainment industry, even though so much of it is headquartered in Burbank or Culver City). It's still the capital for movies and that medium of television you were told was just around the corner, as well as something called video games and other endeavors. The industry is going strong, but may have lost its soul while worshipping special effects and opening-weekend box office. If you made movies today, you probably would be an art-house actress. Some actors, directors and studios are making stupendous sums of money, but the product simply isn't as fun anymore. Oh, and tell your buddy Lucille Ball that the multi-camera sitcom filmed before a live audience -- a format her husband Desi Arnaz helped engineer -- is in serious trouble aside from a few series on her old network, CBS. But that's another story, for another time.

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But enough about the city -- let's talk about you, Carole. You may have left this earth more than 13 1/2 years before I arrived, and yet, through watching you on screen, reading stories and interviews in newspapers and magazines of the time, it's as if I've known you since childhood. You are amazing in your timelessness, remarkable for someone who's been gone more than 70 years. But your personality, and your actions, transcend time -- if I could magically snap my fingers and bring you to 2014, you could adjust to today with minimal difficulty.

Moreover, your influence continues, both professionally and personally. You remain the standard by which all comedic actresses are judged, and scores of them study your work and view you as a role model -- not just your acting but your business knowhow. You're even studied in college for both your style and your early feminist views. I think you'd be delighted to see the progress women are making throughout the world, although much more remains to be done.

All this shows how beloved you remain, and how you touch our minds, hearts and souls. Again, I'm so thankful you've changed my life.

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P.S. My mother left us last December at age 93. She was a fan of yours too, although her favorite actress growing up was Ruby Keeler.

A chill must have developed on deck, because Carole has traded in her shorts for sailor bell bottoms (while still looking luscious) in our latest Lombard LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-533.

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'Screenland,' December 1934: The latest about Lombard

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.05 at 12:48
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic
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"Lady By Choice," co-starring May Robson and Walter Connolly, was Carole Lombard's latest film in the fall of 1934, when that December's issue of Screenland hit the newsstands. It included a somewhat freewheeling interview with Carole, taken that September while she was visiting New York:

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Some thoughts on the article:

* I certainly could understand Paramount publicity wanting to protect Lombard from having to speak on Russ Columbo's passing. From what I gather, this probably was her first visit to New York since making "Fast And Loose" at Paramount's Astoria studio some four years earlier, and one doubts anyone in the eastern publicity office had more than a cursory contact with Carole in the time since.

* I'm a bit skeptical of Lombard's claim that she had invited Columbo's ailing mother to the Lake Arrowhead cabin the weekend of his bizarre fatal accident. It's possible that Lombard was referring to her own mother and that writer Laura Benham, in reviewing her notes to reconstruct Carole's conversation, made a mix-up.

* Lombard's comments about her post-divorce relationship with William Powell ring true -- especially her statement that women Powell dated resented her. Since Bill and Carole had socialized several times following their breakup, the others Bill was seeing understandably were concerned about this unorthodox status of his.

* Carole often expressed a desire to retire from acting after "the short period allotted to any of us at the top," but in 1934 did she have any concrete idea when that "short period" would end? And was she already mulling other film-related endeavors, such as producing?

* As often is the case with stories regarding Lombard's early life and career, several errors are made. Carole briefly attended Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, not Hollywood High, and Benham places her automobile accident after she worked for Mack Sennett, not before. Finally, Pathe was the one place where the "e" in Lombard's first name was never used.

* A particularly nice part of the piece was Carole's contemplative thoughts on Lilyan Tashman, a now largely-forgotten actress best known for her fashion sense who had died at age 37 in March 1934. (However, Tashman's tumultuous personal life was a far cry from the relatively strait-laced Lombard.)

* Carole was confident that a post-divorce Powell could take care of himself -- and that same issue of Screenland includes an interview with Bill, whose career had soared in 1934 thanks to the MGM hits "Manhattan Melodrama" and "The Thin Man":

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Writer Ben Maddox compliments Carole on influencing Bill's tastes in post-divorce dates (one of whom was Jean Harlow). However, Maddox declines to name the studio that put Powell in "a series of mediocre pictures" (it was Warners, and in retrospect, most of those movies don't seem so mediocre). The rest of the piece is typical Powell, revealing little that was new aside from some comments of his on Bill Jr., who would commit suicide at age 43 in 1968.

This December 1934 issue of Screenland is up for auction at eBay, although the seller admits it's in fair condition and is missing the cover, among other things. That cover -- obtained through the Media History Digital Library -- was of an actress who was a major boon to Powell's success in 1934...

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...Myrna Loy, of course. And that stunning Charles Gates Sheldon portrait of Loy was the grand prize in a "cover girl" competition:

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So, what would your eight words have been?

Screenland editor Delight Evans (like Lombard, a Fort Wayne native) used the pages of her magazine to conduct some audience research...

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...while criticizing Ann Harding for her sudden reluctance to talk to the press:

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That issue showed Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers demonstrating dance steps:

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Films advertised in that issue include Greta Garbo's "The Painted Veil"...

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...Universal's "Night Life Of The Gods" (from a Thorne Smith novel)...

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...and Warners' "Flirtation Walk," starring Dick Powell and my mother's favorite actress during her youth, Ruby Keeler:

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Bidding opens at $19.99; the auction closes at 12:33 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. To bid or learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/SCREENLAND-DECEMBER-1934-ANNA-MAY-WONG-NORMA-SHEARER-CAROLE-LOMBARD/201183397194?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D26261%26meid%3Dae6e0c2a18d24d928a30fcb55f854ba7%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D10942%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D201183397194.

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'Get' even more Lombard this month

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.04 at 21:48
Current mood: mellowmellow
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You may be aware that "Made For Each Other" is among the eight Carole Lombard films that Turner Classic Movies will air on Monday to commemorate the 106th anniversary of her birth (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/727768.html). But that's not the only channel where you'll find it that day. The 1939 domestic drama co-starring James Stewart will be carried by getTV, the channel operated by Sony Entertainment, as one of four Carole films.

Lombard is getTV's "Icon of the Week," and the channel gave her a nice salute on its website:

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"Made For Each Other" kicks off the quartet of Lombard's getTV films at 10:55 a.m. (Eastern), only 25 minutes after it starts on TCM. It's the only movie both channels are duplicating; the next three on getTV all are from Columbia -- "Brief Moment" at 1 p.m. ...

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..."Virtue" at 2:35...

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...and "No More Orchids" at 4:05:

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Say you'd prefer to watch TCM's package on Monday -- don't worry. Each of the Lombard films will air at least twice more during October, although only once will they air as a block of four, beginning at 11:25 p.m. (Eastern) Monday, Oct. 27. For the month's schedule, visit http://get.tv/pdf/getTV_Schedule_October_2014_PDT.pdf. Not sure if getTV is available in your market? You can find out its status by going to http://get.tv/get-the-channel.

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A Pathe that was (and wasn't) taken

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.03 at 12:00
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic
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If Carole Lombard is wearing a V-neck sweater with a rooster logo above her left breast, it means that 1) when it was taken, she was known as Carol Lombard, and 2) any Carole & Co. entry that uses it relates to her time at Pathe Pictures in late 1928 and much of '29.

And that's the case here, as we examine a color spread from the July 6, 1929 issue of Exhibitors Herald World announcing Pathe's upcoming productions for 1929 and into 1930.

Some pages of the section promote films of hers that were to come out shortly or later in the year, such as "Big News"...

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...or "The Racketeer":

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However, others were for films that either Lombard never made or never reached productions -- such as "Parachute" with Robert Armstrong...

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...or future Hopalong Cassidy William Boyd, who was to have worked with Lombard in something called "Officer O'Brien":

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Why didn't she make these films? The answer might be found by perusing this page:

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Two lines above the names of Lombard and Diane Ellis is that of Constance Bennett, who Pathe had recently signed amidst much fanfare. But before the year was out, Lombard and Ellis were both ex-Pathe players -- and there's long been conjecture that Bennett ordered the two blondes off the roster because she didn't want competition. Here's what Pathe was planning for Connie:

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Another blonde at Pathe, one Bennett probably couldn't control, was the distinguished actress Ann Harding, whom the following year would star in the original film version of "Holiday":

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Other ads here show off beautiful spot color in print and planned use of (two-strip) Technicolor on screen:

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The last movie, "The Painted Desert," wouldn't be made until 1931, and then was shot in black and white. It was, however, among the first films Clark Gable made in that pivotal year.

To see more of this presentation, visit http://archive.org/stream/exhibitorsherald96quig#page/n9/mode/1up.

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March into history at next year's TCM Classic Film Festival

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.02 at 23:39
Current mood: ecstaticecstatic
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Why are we leading off this entry with photos from Carole Lombard's films "The Eagle And The Hawk" (top) and "Bolero"? Well, it has something to do with this...

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Turner Classic Movies has announced the dates for next year's TCM Classic Film Festival -- and if you're worried that the dates will conflict with the start of the 2015 baseball season, good news. On the other hand, those of you into college basketball could run into conflicts with the regionals. That's because the sixth annual festival will run from March 26 to 29 (Thursday through Sunday), a bit earlier than usual, and once more will be held in Hollywood.

TCM also announced the theme for the 2015 event -- "History According to Hollywood." According to a release from the channel:

"The Old West. Medieval England. Ancient Rome. Hollywood has found endless inspiration in re-creating historical moments and bringing to life the heroes and villains of the past, creating a form of time travel for audiences through the ages and around the world. These films, however, are not always true to the historical record -- filmmakers have often created works about the past that are a reflection of the period in which they were made, or change facts to suit their storyline. The 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival will explore how cinema has shaped how we view and remember history."

Both "Bolero" and "The Eagle And The Hawk" qualify as "historical" pictures since they were set during World War I, about 15 years before their release. Very few other Lombard pictures meet such criteria; Carole appeared in a handful of westerns (all at Fox, and all of them lost other than "The Arizona Kid"), but never was cast in a costume epic. For such roles, her modernity worked against her. (And both "Bolero" and "Eagle And Hawk" are Paramount pictures owned by Universal, which has done little with either -- it's uncertain whether TCM could procure such films, much less work with Universal to bring them up to speed.)

However, that doesn't necessarily mean the 2015 TCMFF will be bereft of Carole. Not every film shown at the festival strictly meets that year's topic.

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Robert Osborne, Ben Mankiewicz and others from the TCM family will be on hand, of course. And as in the past, the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt -- where Carole saw Russ Columbo perform at the Cinegrill and, years later, had the occasional penthouse rendezvous with Clark Gable -- will be home base for the festival and site of Club TCM. Next year, the W Hotel Hollywood, near Metro's Hollywood/Vine station, also will be a partner hotel. To learn more about booking for the 2015 festival, visit http://filmfestival.tcm.com/pdf/FilmFestival2015_TravelandLodging.pdf. (As for passes, they'll go on sale next month...that's November, y'know.)

I won't have to worry about hotel space next March, since I now live in Los Angeles and the TCMFF will be a mere subway ride away; I look forward to seeing you there. To see the official TCM release, visit http://filmfestival.tcm.com, which will regularly be updated with additional news.

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Three from the Continent

Posted by vp19 on 2014.10.01 at 20:59
Current mood: enthralledenthralled
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That continent being Europe, of course. and here's Carole Lombard putting fifty million Frenchmen (OK, so the male population of France isn't quite that number) under her spell. After all, she is "Une blonde en Amerique!", and Europeans view American blonde beauties -- then and now -- as larger-than-life goddesses.

That issue, Cine Monde from June 29, 1933, currently is up for auction at eBay, as are two other European mags with Carole covers, courtesy of the same seller. This one's also from France -- Mon Cine from Dec. 11, 1930, which uses Lombard's initial Paramount player portrait, p1202-1:

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Finally, let's head to the Netherlands for Femme magazine, which made Lombard its cover subject on April 8, 1934:

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The magazine's editor must've been a fan of hers, because there was Carole on the cover barely two months later:

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All three have opening bid prices of $4, with auctions closing between 4:45 and 4:51 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday.

The Cine Monde is oversize (10 1/2" x 16", the better to get all of "super sexy Carole Lombard" on the cover) and in good condition save for some minor chafing on the spine. To bid or learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/1933-FRENCH-CINEMONDE-MAGAZINE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ON-THE-COVER-/321538737545?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4add33c589.

Mon Cine is described as in "Overall good condition but some minor discoloration on the edge." Additional info is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1930-FRENCH-MON-CINE-MAGAZINE-CAROL-LOMBARD-ON-THE-COVER-/321538733429?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4add33b575.

The April 1934 Femme also is oversize (10" x 14 1/2"), and is in "overall good condition with some minor tearing along the spine." Want to bid, or are curious? Then go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/1934-DUTCH-MAGAZINE-FEMME-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ON-THE-COVER-/281455089889?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item418807d8e1

Carole goes nautical in October's first Lombard LiveJournal header -- Paramount p1202-532, where she's swinging on a ship in shorts. (That last line's a good tongue-twister, doncha think?)

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Looking tasty in ranch dressing

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.30 at 11:14
Current mood: accomplishedaccomplished
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Carole Lombard looks out over her Encino ranch while dressed in an outfit meant to call to mind her upcoming role in "They Knew What They Wanted," much of which was set in the California countryside. We learn from the back of the photo that it was taken by RKO's Alex Kahle...

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...and that it was part of a four-picture series from the studio (I'm not sure I've ever seen any of the other three) for newspapers to run in their women's section. The topic? Summer fashion -- and Lombard looks luscious in the warmth of the sun. (And yes, ladies and gentlemen, that one-of-a-kind RKO studio typewriter is back on this snipe.)

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The seller describes Carole's appearance as "casual beauty," and who would disagree? The photo is oversized (10 1/2" x 13 1/2") on a double-weight glossy paper stock, and is said to be "in very fine condition with only minimal edge wear as seen. Just stupendous." (As is Lombard.)

As of this writing, two bids already have been made, topping at $11.50 -- but don't expect it to stay in that neighborhood for long, since the auction doesn't end until 8:57 p.m. (Eastern) on Oct. 8. Want it, and think you can keep up with opposing bidders? Then go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/LARGE-FORMAT-VINTAGE-1940-CAROLE-LOMBARD-GABLE-RANCH-CASUAL-BEAUTY-PHOTOGRAPH-/371126757678?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5668e0e92e.

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More on next Sunday's event in Fort Wayne

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.29 at 22:29
Current mood: pleasedpleased
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Carole Lombard flashes the "V" for victory sign at a war bond rally at the Indiana state capitol in Indianapolis on Jan. 15, 1942 -- the last full day of her life. On the 16th, Lombard, her mother Elizabeth Peters, MGM press agent Otto Winkler and 19 others died in a plane crash in Nevada.

We've already announced that Robert Matzen, whose book "Fireball" investigates the mysterious accident involving TWA Flight 3, will give a lecture Sunday, Oct. 5 (the day before the 106th anniversary of Carole's birth as Jane Alice Peters) at the history center in Fort Wayne, Lombard's hometown (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/722907.html). But we have more information on the event, which is free:

* The Carole Lombard Archive Foundation, whose founder is my good friend Carole Sampeck, will exhibit a number of Lombard items, including the black lace scarf Lombard wore at the Indianapolis bond rally (I believe it's pictured below)...

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...hunting licenses that belonged to Lombard and second husband Clark Gable...

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...and the famed George Hurrell portrait of Carole (signed "Pa, I love you. Ma" on the back) which Gable kept in his dressing room:

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* Once the lecture is over, a free tour of the Victorian house at 704 Rockhill Street where Lombard was born will take place.

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* Additional info about the event can be found in a Fort Wayne News-Sentinel article from Sunday, which also includes a sidebar about Sampeck and the Carole Lombard Archive Foundation (http://www.news-sentinel.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140929/LIVING/140929692/1009), as well as an entry at Matzen's fine blog (http://robertmatzen.com/2014/09/28/dynasties/).

This promises to be a special event for any Lombard fan who can make it to Fort Wayne that day. I only wish I could join you.

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Simply seductive negativity, and a sensational end to a no-hitter

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.28 at 21:59
Current mood: ecstaticecstatic
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Over the years, Carole Lombard posed for many a come-hither portrait, but this ranks with the best of them. From that sensual glance in her eyes to several inches of stockinged ankle, this pose defies any mortal man to resist her siren song. And indeed, many wouldn't resist -- provided Lombard hadn't (figuratively) reduced them to quivering gel by the time they reached her.

It's a new image to my online collection of Carole's Paramount p1202 portraits; this one, specifically is p1202-274. (The seller labels it from the "late '30s," although from the p1202 number, it likely is from 1932.) And the original 8" x 10" negative of this rarity now is available...though it'll cost you. Bidding opens at $189.95; the auction closes at 6:12 p.m. (Eastern) next Sunday, or you can buy it straight up for $249.95. You can bid, buy or find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Original-8x10-Negative-Late-1930s-/281453220831?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4187eb53df.

The seller also has this negative available:

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No ID number was listed, but a check of my online files shows it matches p1202-226, also from 1932. The same buying and bidding conditions apply, although this auction will end four minutes earlier. Learn more information at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Original-8x10-Negative-Late-1930s-/281453220831?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4187eb53df.

Finally, yesterday marked the end of the 2014 regular season in major league baseball, and while much of the focus was on Derek Jeter's final game (both his New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were playing out the string) or the conclusion of Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko's career, the big news came out of Washington, where a no-hitter was thrown by the Nationals' Jordan Zimmermann. It's the first no-hitter by any Washington MLB pitcher (Senators or Nationals) since 1931, and the final out was next to miraculous. Rookie left fielder Steven Souza Jr., put into the game for defensive purposes, ran to the wall and snared the ball hit by Miami's Christian Yelich. A fan recorded the sequence from left center at vine.co/v/OZPZPq9TZmX.

Here's the video from the Nationals broadcast: http://m.mlb.com/video/v36687991/miawsh-souza-dives-to-seal-zimmermanns-nono

The MLB Network's "Ballpark-cam" focused on Zimmermann after Yelich made contact. Watch his doubt turn to jubilation:

Oh, and I missed it because I went over to Dodger Stadium for Fan Appreciation Day and my last live look at baseball this season, rather than stay home and watch it on mlb.com. Now on to the playoffs, with hopes the Nats can bring Washington's long-suffering baseball fans their first World Series title since the 1924 Senators. (Don't tell Dodger fans of my D.C. loyalties.)

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