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Once in love with Amy, er, Carole

Posted by vp19 on 2015.10.04 at 19:27
Current mood: contemplativecontemplative

Well, whaddya think?

Carole Lombard and Amy Poehler do have a sort of facial resemblance, I believe. I wouldn't be surprised if Amy is a fan of Carole's work, and I like to think that somewhere in the great beyond, Lombard likes a lot of Poehler's comedy, too. (The caption in Carole's pic is from the site pre-Code.com's November 2013 look at "Virtue," http://pre-code.com/virtue-1932-review-carole-lombard/)

The memory of that entry came up when I came across this image, up for auction at eBay:

It's yet another Lombard pic with a Poehleresque feel -- this one taken by renowned photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in the late 1930s, possibly for his October 1938 Life magazine feature on Carole. But this isn't from Life's files; instead, it's from a company in Copenhagen, as the back of the image includes a reference to the Danish capital, and the date Nov. 29, 1938:

It's 19 x 25.3 cm, roughly 8" x 10", and is gelatin silver. It's also somewhat costly, as one might expect for an Eisenstaedt original -- bidding starts at $350, with the auction closing at 8:25 p.m. (Eastern) Friday.

If you're interested in adding this to your collection -- or know Poehler (lucky you!) and would like to give her this as a gift -- go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Alfred-Eisenstaedt-Vintage-1938-print-pix-pubblishing-inc-Carole-Lombard-/252111685605?hash=item3ab30707e5. And perhaps Amy should join the list of possible candidates for a Lombard biopic.

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If it's October, it must be...

Posted by vp19 on 2015.10.03 at 21:30
Current mood: excitedexcited

...Carole Lombard month at the wonderful site http://dearmrgable.com/, as it's been every October since 2010. (That's where the above photo is from; let's all raise a toast to Lombard.) There will be all sorts of Carole-related items and entries, such as this from its regular "Gossip Friday" feature, from a December 1936 fan magazine (http://dearmrgable.com/?p=10939):

"Hollywood seems to spend most of its spare time practical joking. When Clark Gable arrived at a radio studio the other night to play George Washington in an air version of Valley Forge, he found his dressing room littered with cherry trees and miniature axes, while on the mirror was a sign proclaiming him the “Father of His Country.” It was suspected to be the work of Carole Lombard. Gable retorted by sending her a sixpenny pop-gun for her birthday."

As Carole's birthday was Oct. 6 (she'd have turned 28 that year), I'm guessing the issue went to press later that month and hit newsstands in early November. Funny anecdote.

Now I wonder what radio program it could have been. It almost certainly wasn't "Lux Radio Theater," for which Clark kicked off its West Coast tenure on June 1, 1936 by co-starring with Marlene Dietrich, shown above, in a "Morocco" adaptation called "The Legionnaire and the Lady."

Anyway, I await to see what goodies dearmrgable.com comes up with to celebrate Gable's favorite lady.

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Spanish-language spice: Late '20s Lombard clippings

Posted by vp19 on 2015.10.02 at 11:38
Current mood: hothot

Think you'll agree that image above is one of the sexier ones of Carole Lombard floating about. It's from the late 1920s, possibly taken by William E. Thomas (whose photos of Carole are among the raciest she ever did), and it's from a Spanish-language magazine, as we can tell from (admittedly difficult to read) negative of the copy (also note her first name is listed as "Carolle," revealing its Mack Sennett background):

This pic, with Jeanne Eagels on the flip side...

...is on sale at eBay for $12.90, or you can make an offer. Find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Jeanne-Eagels-1928-vintage-clipping-1-Sheet-Plate-Both-Sides/281815366738?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D86eaead5e034484a86523469aa13c24e%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D281815297445.

But wait, there's more, as the Ronco TV pitchman used to say. The same seller has this pic of Lombard ran in the November 1928 issue of Cine-Mundial:

On the flip side, none other than Erich von Stroheim:

The buy-it-now or make-offer conditions also apply here, but the asking price is $12. Check it out at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carol-Lombard-Eric-Von-Stroheim-1928-vintage-clipping-1-Sheet-Plate-Both-Sides/281815297445?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D768e65b1ca8a4a018ee99303ca2adc26%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D281815366738.

Finally, another Lombard pose from that session was used to illustrate a Cine-Mundial piece in its January 1928 issue. The story appears to be on the transition to talking pictures, which had only just started at the beginning of '28, and Carole (who would take a voice test early that year and pass the audition) isn't mentioned in the copy; she's merely there for decoration -- and what decoration!

She's identified in the caption at the bottom (again as "Carolle"), as this closeup proves:

I've never had any instruction in the Spanish language, but I'll run the final two parts of this story and perhaps someone can translate the entire thing -- there are references to studio magnate Willism Fox and fabled director F.W. Murnau of "Sunrise" fame, so it might prove interesting:

The clipping (the first page only; the other two were uploaded from the Media History Digital Library) is available for $7.90 (there's no make-offer option here). All the information is available at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-1928-vintage-clipping-1-page-with-nice-photo/231707562258?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Dd0c5fc468a434d3b9555de8600954689%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D281815297445.

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That's good pie! Stan and Ollie's pinnacle of pastry found

Posted by vp19 on 2015.10.01 at 11:10
Current mood: happyhappy

Carole Lombard took part in all sorts of gags during her comic apprenticeship for Mack Sennett. Sometimes -- though not here in this still from "The Bicycle Flirt" -- she was the victim. But there was one gag which Carole apparently never participated in, since by 1927 it was deemed too hoary by most in the movie industry:

The pie-in-the-face routine.

Buster Keaton is shown in this gag, but by the time he was able to exert creative control over his own comedic vehicles, pies in the face were verboten, an overused relic of early Sennett slapstick. But late in 1927, Sennett's rival Hal Roach was persuaded to revive the routine for his new comic team, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. The result was the stuff of legend.

And perhaps sometime next year, many of us will view this classic sequence, in full, for the first time since audiences did in 1927.

It's part of the L&H two-reeler "The Battle of the Century," a sort of parody of that September's famed "long count" heavyweight title bout where Gene Tunney retained his crown in a controversial decision over Jack Dempsey at Chicago's Soldier Field. The first reel, which contains many boxing elements, was found in the late 1970s. But where was the second reel, which featured the pie fight? We'll get to that shortly, but first, let's explain why this pastry fight is so justifiably famous.

It's probably the biggest pie fight in history -- thousands of pies are thrown -- but what makes it special isn't the sheer volume, but its pacing. As Laurel told Philip K. Scheuer of the Los Angeles Times a few years later,

“It wasn’t just that we threw hundreds of pies -- that wouldn’t have been very funny; it really had passed out with Keystone. We went at it, strange as it may sound, psychologically. We made every one of the pies count.

“A well-dressed man strolling casually down the avenue, struck squarely in the face by a large pastry, would not proceed at once to gnash his teeth, wave his arms in the air and leap up and down. His first reaction, it is reasonable to suppose, would be one of numb disbelief. Then embarrassment, and a quick survey of the damage done to his person. Then indignation and a desire for revenge would possess him; if he saw another pie at hand, still unspoiled, he would grab it up and let it fly.”

The fight wasn't entirely lost. Robert Youngson used a segment of it in his "Golden Age of Comedy" (the same compilation that has part of Lombard's "Run, Girl, Run"), but that apparently was all that remained -- and Youngson, who died in 1974, was blamed by many film preservationists for not preserving the second reel.

Now he's been posthumously exonerated. It turns out the entire second reel was part of his collection, and last summer Jon Mirsalis got a hold of many of these reels. Examining when he had, he discovered the second reel for "Battle of the Century" was larger than anticipated, and to his delight he discovered he probably was the first person since Youngson to have seen the entire reel.

That second reel has been sent to a Paris firm for restoration and eventual release in one form of another, united with the first reel. It's a victory for preservationists and L&H fans alike. Heck, somewhere William Randolph Hearst probably is allowing Marion Davies -- who got to throw a pie in a slapstick sequence in 1928's "Show People" but had to settle for being squirted with seltzer water -- take some pastry. (And perhaps some other long-lost films -- Lombard's early silents for Fox; Colleen Moore's first major hit, "Flaming Youth"; pre-Code Holy Grail "Convention City" -- will turn up somewhere.)

For more on this discovery, visit http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2015/06/laurel_and_hardy_s_battle_of_the_century_pie_fight_reel_is_found.single.html.

Carole kicks off October by posing demurely in Paramount p1202-754, the month's first Lombard LiveJournal header.

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'Trailblazing Women': TCM honors females behind the camera

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.30 at 16:23
Current mood: excitedexcited

Above is the only time I know that Carole Lombard ever directed -- when she helmed Alfred Hitchcock's customary cameo for "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." And in case you don't believe that's her, here she is guiding Hitch through his paces:

To be fair, had Lombard lived past 1942, she probably wouldn't have pursued a career as a director (producing movies was her apparent goal; she was de facto producer of "Smith," and helped put up money for both that and her final film, "To Be Or Not To Be"), but what's interesting is that none of Carole's several dozen movies -- from "A Perfect Crime" in 1921 until the end -- was directed by a woman. I'm certain that also could be said for many other notable actors of either gender.

But women have a significant, albeit overlooked, history behind the camera, and Turner Classic Movies will examine their contributions in October through the series "Traiblazing Women." On Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout October (beginning tomorrow), 54 films from 47 female directors will be shown. The event's partner is Women in Film/Los Angeles (http://www.wif.org/), a group pursuing greater opportunities for women as directors, cinematographers and other fields in movies, television and other media.

Illeana Douglas, who frequently appears on TCM, will host the event, while author and film historian Cari Beauchamp will be among the guests and will co-host the first two nights:

Each night has a theme:

* Thursday, Oct. 1 -- The work of the pioneering women of the silent era, such as Alice Guy-Blache, Lois Weber and Frances Marion, will be examined.
* Tuesday, Oct. 6 -- Women somewhat diminished as directors during the sound era, but several managed to make some gems, including Dorothy Arzner ("Dance, Girl, Dance"), Ida Lupino ("Outrage") and Elaine May (the original 1972 "The Heartbreak Kid").
* Thursday, Oct. 8 -- "Independent Classics" looks at films made outside the studio system in the 1970s and '80s, among them Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends" (1978) and Martha Coolidge's "Valley Girl" (1983). Allison Anders is co-host, and her 1987 film "Border Radio" will be shown.
* Tuesday, Oct. 13 -- Amy Heckerling, whose 1982 comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (with Facebook friend Kelli Maroney in the cast) I saw and enjoyed last Friday at a WIF-sponsored event, is co-host, and her 1989 "Look Who's Talking" will be featured. So will another '80s gem, "Crossing Delancey," directed by Joan Micklin Silver.
* Thursday, Oct. 15 -- Notable documentaries directed by women will air, including Barbara Kopple's "Harlan County U.S.A." (1976) and Connie Field's "The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter" (1980). Field also will co-host.

* Tuesday, Oct. 20 -- Women enjoyed box-office directorial success in the 1990s, with hits such as "A League of Their Own" (Penny Marshall), "Sleepless in Seattle" (Nora Ephron) and "The Prince of Tides" (Barbra Streisand). Heckerling returns to co-host.
* Thursday, Oct. 22 -- Black women were among notable independent directors of the past few decades, including Julie Dash's "Daughters of the Dust" (1991), Leslie Harris' "Just Another Girl on the I.R.T." (1992) and Ava Duvernay's "Middle of Nowhere" (2012). Duvernay, as many of you know, directed "Selma" in 2014.
* Tuesday, Oct. 27 -- Beauchamp is back to co-host "International Breakthroughs," which features Agnes Varda's "Cleo From 5 to 7" (1962), Mira Nair's "Salaam Bombay!" (1988) and Lina Wertmuller's "Love and Anarchy" (1973).
* Thursday, Oct. 29 -- Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" (2008), which made her the first woman to win an Academy Award as best director, is the highlight of this final evening, but there's also Sarah Polley's 2006 examination of Alzheimer's, "Away From Her" and Sofia Coppola's directorial debut, "The Virgin Suicides" (1999). Dash co-hosts.

This promises to be a fascinating month celebrating women's work behind the camera, a tradition that continues with the likes of Duvernay and Elizabeth Banks ("Pitch Perfect 2" and the recently-announced "Pitch Perfect 3"). For the complete schedule, visit http://trailblazingwomen.tcm.com/schedule/.

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Product placement, 1931: An 'Advertise'-ing controversy

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.29 at 18:36
Current mood: amusedamused

"It Pays to Advertise," Carole Lombard's third film for Paramount and the first of several the studio released in 1931, isn't all that well-recalled today; it's never received an official video release (though it can be found on YouTube), is rarely revived at repertory houses and perhaps is better known for the presence of late 1920s star Louise Brooks, who appears in a scene at the start of the film, never returns to the screen and in fact may never have met Lombard (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/32690.html).

But Brooks' presence, and a society dedicated to researching the star of "Pandora's Box," has provided a new take on how "It Pays to Advertise" evoked controversy back in the day -- not over Louise, not over Carole (certainly not over Norman Foster or Skeets Gallagher), but over something that caused quite a ruckus in the '80s and '90s:

Product placement.

"It Pays to Advertise" was derived from a 1914 stage play of that name, and in adapting it for the movies -- with a story about rival soap companies and their ad agencies -- Paramount chose to use some current advertising slogans of real-life products. That drew the ire of the trade journal Harrison's Reports, according to the first of a three-part series on the film at http://louisebrookssociety.blogspot.com/2015/09/louise-brooks-product-placement-soap.html.

According to its editor, P.S. Harrison, “The Paramount picture, 'It Pays to Advertise,' is nothing but a billboard of immense size. I have not been able to count all of the nationally advertised articles that are spoken of by the characters.” In the next issue, Harrison stated “In last week’s issue the disclosure was made that in 'It Pays to Advertise' there are more than fifteen advertisements in addition to the main advertisement, '13 Soap Unlucky for Dirt,' which Paramount is accused of having created as a brand for the purpose of selling it.”

Many newspapers agreed with Harrison and endorsed the anti-ad campaign, including four New York dailies, the Gannett chain and many small-town papers, as well as the Denver Post, Detroit Free Press, St. Louis Globe-Democrat and Tulsa Tribune. (Perhaps it wasn't merely cinematic aesthetics; at the time, many newspapers -- fearful radio advertising would cut into print revenue -- didn't want to face a foe from another medium.)

Controversy didn't advertise "Advertise" at the box office -- indeed, one Los Angeles theater reported business "set a new low."

The second part of the Brooks Society's series reprints an editorial on the topic from a Medford, Ore., newspaper (http://louisebrookssociety.blogspot.com/2015/09/louise-brooks-product-placement-soap_27.html), while the third part features a newspaper column from March 19, 1931 describing audience reaction to advertising products within movies (http://louisebrookssociety.blogspot.com/2015/09/louise-brooks-product-placement-soap_28.html); I'm not certain what city this newspaper is from, but local chains mentioned include the Lord & Taylor department store and Publix supermarkets. (We thank Thomas Gladysz of the Louise Brooks Society for letting us link to these items -- and no, he doesn't know whether Lombard and Louise ever met, either.)

Finally, from the "life imitates art" department, while we don't know whether a brand of soap called "13" actually was marketed in 1931, several years ago a British firm called LUSH briefly made a soap by that name, which the company said was inspired by the film. Here were its ingredients, and how it was promoted on its website:

Ingredients: Oregano and Rose Petal Infusion (Origanum vulgare and Rosa centifolia), Propylene Glycol, Rapeseed Oil & Sunflower Oil & Coconut Oil (Brassica napus, Helianthus annuus, Cocos nucifera), Water (Aqua), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Honey, Perfume, Sodum Hydroxide, Manuka Honey, Sodium Stearate, Oregano Oil (Origanum vulgare), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Geranium Oil (Pelargonium graveolens), Sodium Chloride, Geraniol, *Limonene, Colour 18050.

Lush Times: Our beautiful rose and oregano soap gets its name from a 1931 Hollywood film about a soap company; the son advertised a soap that didn’t exist and demand was so high, the dad had to make it. Sounds like typical Lush, except for the advertising part. Sue from Chelmsford and Dawn from Cambridge had been asked by nurses for an oregano soap because they'd heard that oregano kills MRSA bacteria. (University of the West of England 2008.) This lovely soap has been like gold dust; we adore its translucent loveliness, its scent and its very effective cleansing properties.

Hey guys, next time try creating a soap inspired by "Casablanca," "Gone With the Wind" or even "Citizen Kane" (the scent of rosebuds, of course).

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Moore classic titles from Maltin tonight

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.28 at 01:30
Current mood: excitedexcited

"True Confession" is one of those Carole Lombard films that inspires both love and loathing. Perhaps the best-known member of the latter camp is someone who's otherwise a fan of Carole's -- in fact, four decades ago, he wrote a paperback book about her...

...none other than esteemed movie critic, historian and author Leonard Maltin, shown here with Shirley MacLaine at this year's TCM Classic Film Festival:

Maltin gave "True Confession" a paltry 1 1/2 stars on his four-star scale, right down there with "Fools For Scandal" (my personal choice as her worst feature) among Lombard titles.

This week, Maltin is releasing the third edition of his Classic Movie Guide (for the book, "classic" is defined as going up to 1965, a reasonable cut-off point for me).

As you can see, the book now has the TCM imprimatur. But if the most recent movie listed is half a century old, you may ask, what's the big deal? Well, Maltin has added some titles to this edition, and several of them will air on the channel tonight, leading off at 8 p.m. (Eastern) with a TCM premiere of a film that couldn't have been in his two earlier editions, because it was only recently found and restored...

...Colleen Moore in "Why Be Good?" (This was an ad that ran in Picture Play when the film was released in 1929.)

I caught "Why Be Good?" when it had a showing sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences slightly more than a year ago (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/720878.html) and I was enthralled by Moore's vivacity; she was the quintessential flapper. (I'm also writing romantic comedy screenplays, and in her honor I've named one of my leading ladies Colleen.) This is a silent with a synchronized soundtrack featuring some of the era's top (white) jazz musicians. Neil Hamilton, a popular leading man of his day, plays the stuffy, upscale male lead.

This movie is a lot of fun, one I definitely recommend, and it inspires hope that other Moore titles feared lost -- notably her breakthrough film, "Flaming Youth" -- someday will be found. (Another, "Synthetic Sin," has also recently been restored.) Learn more about it at http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article.html?isPreview=&id=1118906|1104917&name=Why-Be-Good-.

Several other films heretofore not listed by Maltin's books will be shown -- although I recall one of the titles, 1931's "Five and Ten" with Marion Davies and Leslie Howard, aired on a Philadelphia UHF station overnight in the late 1980s. (Yes, kiddies, as recently as the 1980s over-the-air channels used to run old movies...part of something called the late, late show.) Anyhow, here's the rest of the schedule (all times Eastern):

* 9:45 p.m. -- "Among the Missing" (1934). Not much in the way of star power, this Columbia programmer makes use of nighttime filming at outdoor Los Angeles locations, rare for a 1930s film.

* 11 p.m. -- "Stolen Identity" (1953). A noir thriller filmed in Austria starring Francis Lederer.

* 12:30 a.m. -- "Five and Ten" (1931). An atypical film for Davies, this drama could have starred newcomer Clark Gable, but Marion insisted on Howard instead. (Don't feel bad for Clark; he would later twice work with Davies.) Hardly a classic, but it's engaging.

* 2:15 a.m. -- "A Very Honorable Guy" (1934). This Joe E. Brown farce, adapted from a Damon Runyon story co-stars Alice White and Allan Dinehart ("Supernatural"), is about a man who decides to get himself knocked off by a hitman...then changes his mind.

* 3:30 a.m. -- "Three Faces East" (1930). Imagine teaming Erich von Stroheim and Constance Bennett in a spy drama (each tried to forget this once filming ended). Well, imagine no longer in this remake of a 1926 silent.

* 4:45 a.m. -- "Reducing" (1931). This comedy about a Manhattan weight-loss parlor stars Marie Dressler (who's always fun to watch) and Polly Moran, while Anita Page and Sally Eilers each have supporting roles.

More comments from Maltin himself can be found at http://blogs.indiewire.com/leonardmaltin/classic-moviesand-meon-tcm-20150926. And according to Laura's Miscellaneous Musings, some of the ratings in this edition of the book differ from their predecessors (http://laurasmiscmusings.blogspot.com/2015/09/book-review-leonard-maltins-classic.html). Whether or not that's good news for "True Confession" remains to be seen.

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A little portrait magic

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.27 at 18:49
Current mood: impressedimpressed

As part of my Carole Lombard research for this blog, I peruse plenty of portraits of the lady, some of which I think I've seen before (but, since there's no Paramount p1202 or other studio tag, I can't completely confirm that I have). However, I'm nearly 100 percent certain I've never seen the pic above before, because I would've remembered it -- arms folded, glamorous, as if she were auditioning for a mid-thirties version of "I Dream of Jeannie." (I would bet Barbara Eden, a terrific comedic actress beyond that one iconic role, was a Lombard fan in her youth.)

It's one of three portraits of Carole that caught my eye today; here are the two others. First, this pic from 1938:

Then, this sepia-toned image:

All are 8" x 10" reprints available for $14.95 each. For the one with arms folded, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-8X10-PHOTO-H1386/401002044215?_trksid=p2046732.c100040.m2060&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107095009%26meid%3Dbcc277c6c46245b1a6c5d3421fc280d8%26pid%3D100040%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D401002044215. The 1938 portrait is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-8X10-PHOTO-H1382/401002043528?_trksid=p2046732.c100040.m2060&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107095009%26meid%3Da296e58a75c545baa418bbf4d1e1186f%26pid%3D100040%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D401002044215. And for the sepia shot, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-8X10-PHOTO-H1376/401002042442?_trksid=p2046732.c100040.m2060&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107095009%26meid%3D77d3a1a8bf054c78b19b1708bdcfd530%26pid%3D100040%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D401002043528.

In all, the seller has 92 Lombard items available as of this writing, most of them photos selling for $14.95. Check his wares at http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=bills_collectibles_store&item=401002044215&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR7.TRC2.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard.TRS1&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.

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'Standing' for a Hollywood Pattern

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.26 at 21:49
Current mood: artisticartistic

In the past, we've frequently discussed Hollywood Pattern, a division of Conde Nast which published dress patterns identified with Carole Lombard and other film stars in the 1930s. Now, another fascinating artifact of the company has come up for auction at eBay.

It's a standee, measuring 14" x 22", showing Lombard and Paramount stablemate Claudette Colbert "next to drawings of patterns you can buy that are inspired by their fashion sense," as the seller puts it. I'm guessing it was sent to stores and placed in their fabric section. It's said to be "in good condition with one of the gloves on the drawing missing a piece of the paper and there is some surface dirt. Upper corners are bent but intact."

Bidding opens at $19.99, with the auction scheduled to end at 11:18 a.m. (Eastern) Friday. If you're interested in this relative rarity in Lombardiana, find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/HOLLYWOOD-PATTERNS-Carole-Lombard-Claudette-Colbert-standee/161837944391?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D03967df233db4f9e9d148fefa79a44e3%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D201437057115.

It also turns out that two versions of one Hollywood Pattern (#1307) are being auctioned, although the size 20 has an opening bid of $32, and the size 14 starts at $38. Both auctions end at 2:20 p.m. (Eastern) Oct. 5.

For the size 20, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/HOLLYWOOD-PATTERN-1307-MISSES-1-PIECE-FROCK-AND-BOLERO-SIZE-20-CAROLE-LOMBARD/201437057199?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D2ba87c584c574733b2cf66e496d8dc78%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D161837944391. For the size 14, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/HOLLYWOOD-PATTERN-1307-MISSES-1-PIECE-FROCK-AND-BOLERO-SIZE-14-CAROLE-LOMBARD/201437057115?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D1ef2f91e08ae4c4fb2accbc0a4897bd7%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D201437057199.

Bare back and bangs rule in Paramount p1202-752, our latest Lombard LiveJournal header.

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A look at Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 74, days 2 and 3

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.25 at 15:30
Current mood: amusedamused

This photo from John Miehle has caused all sorts of controversy among Carole Lombard fans. It's one of a group of items that's part of an auction to be held next week by Profiles in History (http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_ssn=profilesinhistoryauctions&hash=item1a054c885a&item=111758051418&_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sop=1) -- but is it her?

That platinum blonde hair makes the subject look an awful lot like Jean Harlow...but Harlow experts say it isn't Jean, given the shape of the nose in profile. Lombard was photographed by Miehle in the late '30s, but her hair was at its blondest in the early '30s. As of now, I'm tempted to believe it is Lombard, though I still can't figure out all the particulars.

For now, let's set that issue aside and look at items from the second and third days of the auction (Wednesday, Sept. 30 and Thursday, Oct. 1, respectively).

This is a continuity script for arguably Carole's most famous film, "My Man Godfrey." Profiles in History describes it as "Vintage studio bound and top-bradded 100+ page dialog continuity script written by Morrie Ryskind and Eric Hatch based on Hatch’s novel of the same title. Undated. No covers. With edge and corner wear and some loose pages. Some staining and waviness to pages. Content remains complete and in fair to good condition."

The starting bid is $400. Get additional information at http://www.ebay.com/itm/My-Man-Godfrey-dialogue-continuity-for-the-Carole-Lombard-version-Lot-688-/111759060502?hash=item1a055bee16. (The "Carole Lombard version" is there so no one would confuse it with the 1957 "Godfrey," where June Allyson unsuccessfully tries to step into Carole's shoes. Not the anyone would mistake the original classic for the pointless remake.)

The only day 3 item is a lobby card from "Sinners in the Sun":

It's described as "Vintage 11 x 14 in. lobby card with exceptional Pre-code pose by Carole Lombard. Just a trace of marginal toning, otherwise vintage very fine condition."

Bidding opens at $300; find out more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-lobby-card-for-Sinners-in-the-Sun-Lot-1423-/111760485594?hash=item1a0571acda.

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A look at Profiles in History Hollywood Auction 74, day 1

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.24 at 22:22
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

Yep, that's the familiar image of Carole Lombard holding a farm animal -- but what makes this photo special is that it's autographed by Carole. The inscription: “More power to you Delores in your clever make-up, love Carole.”

This 10 1/4" x 13 1/4" pic, from lot 444 and with a starting bid of $400, is but one of the goodies in Profiles in History's upcoming Hollywood Auction 74, an event to be spread over three days. This entry concerns Lombard-related items from day 1, next Tuesday. Get a link to it at http://www.ebay.com/clt/collectibles-live-events/day-1-hollywood-auction-74-572121.

For me, two of the highlights are a pair of William E. Thomas portraits. Thomas worked at Pathe in the late 1920s and was perhaps the first photographer to capitalize on Lombard's looks; his photos of her ranged from racy to sublime. These definitely fit into the latter category -- lot 107...

...and lot 108, a second "turban" image of Carole:

Starting bids on each are $300, as is this sultry shot by Robert Coburn, perhaps from Lombard's final photo session on Dec. 31, 1941:

This oversize (10 1/2" x 13 1/2" glossy doubleweight of Carole is from Otto Dyar, and its bidding begins at $600:

More Lombard glamour is here, and its minimum bid is a mere $200:

This pic is causing some controversy in the Carole community -- is it her? It's said to be from John Miehle, who worked with her at RKO in 1939 and 1940. But the hair shade is far too light to be the Lombard of those years, and I don't recall ever seeing Carole in a white sailor suit. Miehle worked for RKO in the early 1930s when Jean Harlow made a film or two there, so it might be her; I simply don't know. What do you think?

To see some of the other items being offered, go to http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_ssn=profilesinhistoryauctions&hash=item1a054c885a&item=111758051418&_from=R40&_sacat=0&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sop=1

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Oh, 'To Be' on the set

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.23 at 14:41
Current mood: curiouscurious

There are numerous stills of Carole Lombard from her final film, "To Be Or Not To Be," but few have the story of this one. It shows Carole speaking to actors Charles Halton and Lionel Atwill during production. The person in the foreground behind Lombard is the seller's father, who worked on the crew of this Ernst Lubitsch classic and occasionally played bit parts. The back is stamped "Photograph by [Robert] Coburn," who would shoot Carole's final photo session on New Year's Eve 1941.

This 9.5" x 7.5" photo is in very good condition, and certainly ranks as a rarity for collectors of Lombardiana.

You can buy the photo for $25, or make an offer. Find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-production-still-Carole-Lombard-on-set-TO-BE-OR-NOT-TO-BE-1942-/171945631833?hash=item2808c22059.

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The 'Devil' in the details

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.22 at 10:47
Current mood: annoyedannoyed

"Up Pops the Devil" is one of those early Paramount Carole Lombard films that tend to get lost in the shuffle. Among a slew of her movies the studio released in the first half of 1931, it's rarely seen or revived, and sometimes is confused with another early '31 Lombard release, "It Pays to Advertise," because it also co-stars Norman Foster (shown above) and Skeets Gallagher.

Sad to say, I've yet to see "Up Pops the Devil," so I can't make any claims for it one way or the other. However, I can lead you to three 8" x 10" original stills from the film. All are ersatz lobby cards in that they are illustrated with a line of dialogue, photos meant to be posted in the lobby or outside the theater to help promote the movie. Each is being sold for $20.

First, a publisher tells Foster's character he's not interested in buying his novel, so forget about becoming the next Theodore Dreiser. (That year, Paramount adapted Dreiser's "An American Tragedy" to the screen, a version he publicly despised and disowned.) To purchase, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-original-8x10-still-1931-UP-POPS-THE-DEVIL/291570268109?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Db8033fd0631e4a97bb7c609f2b2dc0f0%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D301747319783.

Next, Lombard (at left) looks stylish by 1931 standards. Interested? Visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-original-8x10-still-1931-UP-POPS-THE-DEVIL-vintage-fashion-/291570264759?hash=item43e2f12ab7.

Finally, Carole's character gets bad news from deliveryman Willie Best (then still tagged with the demeaning, racist pseudonym "Sleep 'N Eat"). Find it at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-original-8x10-still-1931-UP-POPS-THE-DEVIL-profile-/301747319783?hash=item46418ab3e7.

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Doubling your negative pleasure -- can you 'bear' it?

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.21 at 21:54
Current mood: contemplativecontemplative

I know this is Paramount p1202-652, but who are the men flanking Carole Lombard? That may be George Raft she's looking away from -- this was taken at about the time "Bolero" was released -- but is she looking at Ray Milland, who had a supporting role in the film? I can't answer one way or the other, because this is taken from an original Paramount negative, one of three from an upcoming Hyee auction on Sept. 30. Here are the other two.

First, p1202-732, a pic we've run before, but without any kind of coding. It's from "We're Not Dressing," her 1934 teaming with Bing Crosby:

Charming pic with a bear, you might think to yourself -- but there's another part of the story that largely was suppressed at the time. In Milland's autobiography, "Wide-Eyed In Babylon" (Milland also had a supporting role in this film), he wrote the trainer of the bear, named Droopy, told cast and crew that any females whose time of the month it was should not report to the set that day, because Droopy would be hormonally affected. Alas, one female disobeyed instructions, and the trainer was severely injured and later died.

Thankfully, p1202-736 has a more benevolent story behind it, as Carole pays homage to Lillian and Dorothy Gish by using camera trickery to duplicate herself in this tribute to the sisters' 1922 silent classic, "Orphans of the Storm":

Bidding begins at 99 cents for all three negatives, and as of this writing one bid on each has been made. All are from Irving Klaw's Movie Star News collection. (Klaw was the photographer who helped make Bettie Page a pinup legend.) The auctions close between 11:39 and 11:41 p.m. (Eastern) Sept. 30.

For p1202-652, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/1930s-ORIGINAL-Photo-NEGATIVE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Hollywood-Star-Actress/281805635631?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Dfc711800d27441dcaf1445175a70e15a%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D281805635631.

For p1202-732, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/1930s-ORIGINAL-Photo-NEGATIVE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-with-a-GIANT-BEAR/262058639543?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Dc29e23e269db4b909743970aaf7e0dc5%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D281805635631.

For p1202-736, check out http://www.ebay.com/itm/1930s-ORIGINAL-Photo-NEGATIVE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Double-Beauty/262058639582?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D0cfec6fbd2504eaeadf91d3f28251dc7%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D262058639543.

Carole rocks a black gown in Paramount p1202-742, our latest Lombard LiveJournal header.

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'I'm no Trilby!' Oh yes, you are.

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.20 at 18:29
Current mood: amusedamused

That's one of the funnier lines Carole Lombard delivers in "Twentieth Century," and I'm certain much of the film's audience understood the in-joke -- three years before, in 1931, co-star John Barrymore gained fame in "Svengali," manipulating the life of Marion Marsh's character Trilby.

Sorry, Carole, but we beg to differ. You are a Trilby...part of the Trilby series of oversized postcards, that is.

Trilby was a company based out of Venice, Calif., which apparently specialized in something called "poster cards" -- oversized post cards (in this case, 5 x 8"). Here's the back of the card, and from the "5-cent stamp" reference, I'm guessing this was printed sometime in the 1950s or '60s, certainly not during Lombard's lifetime:

You can purchase this unused card, on heavy stock, for $9.99. If interested, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-MOVIE-STAR-CAROLE-LOMBARD-OVERSIZED-POSTCARD-TRIBLY-POSTERS-224-/301745512264?hash=item46416f1f48.

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That Carole -- what a (paper) doll!

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.19 at 08:26
Current mood: artisticartistic

Earlier this month, we reprinted a feature on Carole Lombard and clothes from the June 1932 issue of Modern Screen (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/817111.html). Little did I know that back in 1991, someone named Sandra Vanderpool -- who apparently is well known for her work with paper dolls -- found this (probably from a copy of the magazine itself; it's highly unlikely this had been placed on microfilm in those pre-online upload days) and used it as the basis for paper doll art.

Forget that the facial resemblance to Carole in this drawing isn't very accurate and focus on the fashion. That's the gist of paper doll collecting.

This was done on card stock and apparently was picked up by someone at a convention. It's said to be "in nice shape" and is one of two samples of Lombard-inspired paper doll art now available at eBay, with an initial bid of $7. This auction closes at 6:42 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday. If this is your hobby, check it out by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombards-Wardrobe-by-Sandra-Vanderpool-1991-paper-doll-art/111774875727?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D1c8ce4669ea44a36b43b9ade2b29574b%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D252096090896.

The seller's other sample is from another notable in the paper doll world, Charlotte Whatley from Iowa (she has her own website, http://www.charlottewhatleypaperdolls.com/). These are five sheets from a 1988 convention:

At least two of the outfits are instantly recognizable to Carole collectors -- the checkered dress Lombard wore in 1936's "Love Before Breakfast," and the sailor's suit from her 1933 nautical fashion shoot.

Bidding on these sheets also begins at $7 (as of this writing, one bid has been made), but the auction won't close until 2:21 p.m. (Eastern) Friday. Get in on the action at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-paper-doll-art-by-Charlotte-whatley-convention-sheets-5-1988/351520066526?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D0da92a3fb30f45fba1da3cfeaa2e4c3d%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D111774875727.

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The princess has tea

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.18 at 22:19
Current mood: thirstythirsty

Who among us doesn't enjoy a good cup of tea every now and then? That's apparently what Carole Lombard is sipping as she takes a break on the set while in costume for her 1936 Paramount comedy "The Princess Comes Across." So what was it, Carole? Earl Grey, Darjeeling or good old orange pekoe? Whatever variety it was, she made it look as stylish as it probably tasted.

This isn't an original photo, but an 8" x 10" reprint done professionally in a lab. As of this writing, four copies are available, at $15, or you can make an offer. You can order yours by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-having-tea-8x10-rare-photo/252096090896?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D6af98dd606e4426cb68cacc667fa1c0c%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D351520066526.

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'Modern Screen,' November 1931: Curses -- foiled again!

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.17 at 14:48
Current mood: aggravatedaggravated

I apologize for not being able to do more with that attractive photo of Carole Lombard, but for the second time in a week I've run afoul of some gaps in the otherwise impeccable run of fan magazine holdings in the Media History Digital Library. The other day, I discovered to my dismay that the December 1933 issue of Hollywood magazine wasn't part of its online listings; today, it's the November 1931 issue of Modern Screen.

The copy is hard to make out (the original was very small), but we can see a reference to "The Greeks Had a Word For It," the Samuel Goldwyn film Carole had to drop out of due to illness. And I believe this was taken at the Iris Circle home in Whitley Heights she shared with William Powell, her husband of a few months.

Some online scouring enabled me to find pages from this issue, such as the cover with Elissa Landi:

Inside is a feature on Jean Harlow, not yet an MGM contract player...

...and Ann Harding, a big star at the time, showing off her style through some drawings:

According to the seller, other articles include features on Greta Garbo, Dick Barthelmess, Joan Bennett, Tallulah Bankhead, Lewis Stone and Wallace Beery. Movie ads include "Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise" (Garbo's lone teaming with Clark Gable), "Sob Sister," "Are These Our Children?" and "The Cisco Kid."

The magazine is said to be in very good condition. Bidding begins at $16.99, with the auction scheduled to close at 3:40 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. You can bid or simply find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/MODERN-SCREEN-1931-ELISSA-LANDI-JEAN-HARLOW-Story-CAROLE-LOMBARD-GRETA-GARBO-/361390536293?hash=item54248df665.

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On the beach, but not a Bathing Beauty

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.16 at 15:26
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

Carole Lombard is in that pic, fifth from left, taken sometime in 1928 during work on one of Mack Sennett's comedy shorts. Lombard apparently wasn't scheduled to appear in swimwear that day, as she's wearing a horizontally-striped sweater and skirt. Sennett himself is at far right, in a white hat.

Others posing with Carole are, from left, Kathryn Stanley, Leota Winters, Madeline Hurlock, visitor to the set L.M. Cobbs, Nancy Cornelius and Marie Pergain. We hope the person who wrote on the back of this photo recognized Lombard at least, but we can't be too sure:

(Note the reference to "Max" Sennett, yet another reason for concern. And while Lombard's final two-reeler for Sennett, "Matchmaking Mamma," wasn't released until March 1929, she probably left Sennett's troupe sometime in 1928.)

Anyway, this vintage rarity -- a single-weight glossy, measuring 8" x 10 1/4", in very good condition -- can be yours. Bidding begins at $149.99, ending at 5:06 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. Want to get in on the action? Then go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-rare-candid-CAROLE-LOMBARD-1928-MACK-SENNETTS-BATHING-BEAUTIES-/151819423420?hash=item2359248ebc.

Carole looks happy to see us (the feeling is mutual!) in our latest Lombard LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-741.

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'Hollywood,' December 1933: Carole on the cover, and advice from Mae

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.14 at 16:00
Current mood: frustratedfrustrated

Carole Lombard's on the cover of the Decmeber 1933 issue of Hollywood magazine, and I wish I could tell you more about it...but, alas, the Media History Digital Library's run of the magazine begins with the January 1934 issue. (Damn.) So the pages we have here are the next best thing.

However, see the story on the side -- "Mae West Tells How to Handle Men"? Here are her tips, copied from Caitlin O'Sullivan's blog (http://caitlinosullivan.com/2012/02/13/get-your-man-or-men-vintage-dating-advice-from-mae-west/):


O'Sullivan also has this from Pert Kelton, who had some sex appeal of her own (check out her wisecracks as Constance Bennett's streetwalking buddy in "Bed of Roses"). She had some comments on "Topic A" in Grace Mack's story, "Curves Don't Make Sex Appeal":

Pert considers a romantic temperament and a lively imagination just as necessary as curves.

“If she’ll just hold the thought of what she wants to accomplish—imagine what it’s going to feel like to have him take her in his arms and kiss her the way she wants to be kissed—what she’s thinking will register in her face and in her voice when she speaks. Unless the guy’s dumb I’m telling you she won’t have to wait long for her wish fulfillment.”

Here are some of the other pages:

The magazine is considered in good condition. You can bid on it, beginning at $9.99, in which case the bidding closes at 5:33 p.m. (Eastern) Monday, or purchase it straight up for $49.99. Find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/VTG-Hollywood-Magazine-December-1933-CAROLE-LOMBARD-How-Mae-West-Handles-Men-/381402529696?hash=item58cd5cbfa0.

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'Screenland,' February 1941: A portrait, a plaudit and a prediction

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.13 at 21:59
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

That serene portrait of Carole Lombard, taken by photographer John Engstead, was part of the February 1941 issue of Screenland magazine. She didn't have an overwhelming presence that month -- her comedic comeback, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," would arrive in theaters later in February -- but if you looked hard enough, you could find her.

Such as in this "Medals and Birds" column from the magazine's S.R. Mook:

He gives honors to Carole, as well as to Myrna Loy and Claudette Colbert, in this segment:

Then, "noted Hollywood astrologer" Norvell (wasn't that the "Angry Beavers" character voiced by Nick Bakay? No, that was Norbert) predicts the stars via the stars for 1941:

Here's what was predicted for Carole and her fellow Libras:

The cover subject was the up-and-coming Betty Grable:

Movie ads included MGM's "The Philadelphia Story"...

...a two-page spread from Paramount...

...Warners' "High Sierra," a pivotal role for Humphrey Bogart...

...and two films from Twentieth Century-Fox:

And for my Facebook friend Linda Lewis, her mother-in-law Loretta Young, a frequent guest on "Lux Radio Theater," pitches the benefits of Lux soap:

You can buy this magazine, in very good condition, for $27.99. Go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/SCREENLAND-41-BETTY-GRABLE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-HEDY-LAMARR-VERONICA-LAKE-BETTE-DAVIS-/400994090931?hash=item5d5d1c3fb3 for details.

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Discs that aren't DVDs. (One's not even a laserdisc.)

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.11 at 22:47
Current mood: curiouscurious

These days, I think it safe to say that when it comes to Carole Lombard and discs, this is how must people purchase her, whether it be the original DVD format or the more recent Blu-ray. But just as there are those who collect vinyl records -- not just those long-playing albums at 33 1/3 rpm, but singles on 45 (for you youngsters, that's the 7-inch disc with the big hole) and even 78s, which more or less were discontinued by the end of the 1950s -- so do some collect videodiscs in more archaic formats.

Take laserdiscs, for instance. Two of Carole's classics in that format now are available via eBay. First, "Nothing Sacred":

You can buy it straight up for $24.99 or make an offer. Learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOTHING-SACRED-Carole-LOMBARD-Fredric-MARCH-Technicolor-Remastered-Laserdisc/381398526185?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Df6ce0c709c864445ac435cbf22df468f%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D400993772377.

Or how about Carole and Cary (Grant, and Kay Francis, too) in the romantic drama "In Name Only"?

It's not "the only film to pair these two Hollywood legends" (they shared the screen in "Sinners in the Sun"), but it is the only time both Carole and Cary were leads. The cost is $19.95 or make an offer; go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/In-NAME-ONLY-Carole-Lombard-Cary-Grant-1939-RKO-LaserDisc-Edition-/400993772377?hash=item5d5d176359 for more.

On both, the seller reminds prospective buyers that "This is a LaserDisc *** This is Not a DVD *** A Laserdisc needs to be played on a Laserdisc player *** It will not play on a DVD player **" -- but even a laserdisc won't help you with our next item, Lombard's film finale, "To Be Or Not To Be":

This is a format called the CED videodisc (capacitance electronic discharge). Perhaps this was Beta to the laserdisc's VHS; I have no idea. But the seller emphasizes the difference, adding the caveat, "no excuses." Perhaps that's why this disc is available for a mere $2.50.

If you can play it -- or merely want to use it as a decoration -- visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CED-Videodisc-To-Be-or-Not-To-BE-Jack-Benny-Carole-Lombard-B-W-movie/361385675367?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Dcdac93a106b74a96ab6924cca735ebd2%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D400993772377.

Carole goes Gish -- both of them, in fact -- as camera magic enables her to duplicate herself as both Lillian and Dorothy (but which Gish is which?) in this homage to "Orphans of the Storm." It's Paramount p1202-736, and our latest Lombard LiveJournal header.

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Three posters, three films, two languages, one seller

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.10 at 11:12
Current mood: contemplativecontemplative

One of the many benefits Carole Lombard had as a Paramount star was the studio's strong international distribution system, giving its players substantial recognition beyond American borders. The two posters above for 1934's dance extravaganza "Bolero" prove the point. (And check the second poster -- think the prudish Joseph Breen would have dared let Lombard's nipples be shown in an American ad, even in a drawing?)

An eBay seller has three original, and delectable, foreign-language posters from Carole's films on the market. All are in the four-figure range, and deservedly so. We'll begin with this Swedish-language one-sheet for the 1933 potboiler "White Woman":

The price? $2,750, or $459 per month for six months. Purchase or learn more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/WHITE-WOMAN-CAROLE-LOMBARD-1933-STUART-WALKER-ROHMAN-MOVIE-POSTER-13-/151810695060?hash=item23589f5f94.

Move ahead to 1937 and Lombard's third of four teamings with Fred MacMurray, "Swing High, Swing Low"; the poster is in Swedish:

This one is $2,662 or $444 monthly for six months, and can be found at http://www.ebay.com/itm/SWING-HIGH-SWING-LOW-CAROLE-LOMBARD-1937-MITTCHELL-LEISEN-MOVIE-POSTER-/361385005054?hash=item5424398ffe

Finally, one from Paramount's next-door neighbor RKO, no slouch itself in international marketing. This poster, in Italian, promotes "Vigil in the Night":

Compared to the others, it's a relatively inexpensive $1,980 ($330 monthly for six months). You can make it your own or find out more by going to http://www.ebay.com/itm/VIGIL-IN-THE-NIGHT-CAROLE-LOMBARD-1940-GEORGE-STEVENS-AUTHOR-MOVIE-POSTE-/151810694438?hash=item23589f5d26.

But Carole's charisma comes through in just about any language.

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She was a 'baby star,' after all

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.09 at 19:19
Current mood: artisticartistic

Nearly 4 1/2 years ago, we noted that Carole Lombard never was awarded a WAMPAS "Baby Star," an honor given up-and-coming actresses in the 1920s and early 1930s, because the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers declined to give awards for 1930, citing the recent stock market crash and the industry's transition to sound (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/393777.html).

But Carole -- or as she was known at that time, Carol (she didn't resume using the "e" for good until later that year) -- did get a consolation prize of sorts: She was named a "baby star" by Screen Secrets magazine in its February 1930 issue.

According to film historian Anthony Slide, Screen Secrets was one of Fawcett's earliest fan magazine titles, one he called "surprisingly frank in its reporting on Hollywood subjects and stars"; it later merged with its sibling publication Screen Play. Not much of that frankness was evident in this two-page spread, although the pic of Lombard at upper left -- from Pathe, showing plenty of leg, although she had left that studio several months earlier -- is one I've never come across before. The image of these pages isn't in the best of shape, alas:

Other honorees included Virginia Bruce (who, at the time this hit newsstands in January 1930, was working with Lombard in Carole's Paramount debut, "Safety in Numbers"), Joan Bennett (who worked with Lombard in the 1928 Pathe silent "Power") and Fifi D'Orsay, among others.

This wasn't Lombard's first appearance in the magazine; another leggy shot of her made its July 1929 issue:

The February 1930 issue had Marion Davies on its cover, courtesy of Edwin Bower Hesser:

There also are features on Joan Crawford and Nancy Carroll, pics of Loretta Young, Alice White, Kay Francis and more.

You can buy this rarity, listed in very good condition, for $39.99. If interested, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/SCREEN-SECRETS-1930-MARION-DAVIES-CAROL-LOMBARD-JOAN-CRAWFORD-CARROLL-VALENTINO-/400992455643?hash=item5d5d034bdb.

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Carole and Jack salute Zukor in silver

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.08 at 01:12
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

On the set of "Swing High, Swing Low," Carole Lombard, co-star Fred MacMurray and director Mitchell Leisen receive an honored guest -- Paramount founder Adolph Zukor, far right. The year 1937 marked Zukor's 25th anniversary at the helm of the historic studio, and Paramount celebrated with a special radio event, whose master of ceremonies was both a Paramount player and by now a radio star of the first rank -- Jack Benny, shown later that year with Lombard and MacMurray when they were making "True Confession" (Carole's outfit and Fred's mustache give it away):

Last night, I uncovered an audio treasure and rarity -- that radio broadcast Benny hosted on Jan. 7, 1937 honoring Zukor's silver jubilee at Paramount, broadcast from Stage 8 at the Hollywood studio. It's also special in that it's the only radio broadcast I know of where Lombard and Benny work together. (While Carole occasionally was mentioned on Benny's top-rated program as an object of his good-natured desire -- he couldn't figure out what she saw in that Clark Gable guy -- she wasn't scheduled to appear on his show until Jan. 25, 1942, to help promote their upcoming movie, "To Be Or Not To Be." As we all know, fate had other plans.)

For much of the star-studded program, Benny asks in a running gag if any of his guests have seen Lombard; he boasts his dressing room is next to hers on the Paramount lot. (I have no idea whether this actually was true.) At about the 55-minute mark, Carole comes on (following Martha Raye), and she and Jack chat for a minute or two. He says he'd like to take her out after the show, but she insists she has a headache and begs off.

The program here is incomplete, only about 70 minutes long (it's cut off in the middle of a retelling of Zukor's years at the company, narrated by Lloyd Nolan) -- but you do hear from Cecil B. De Mille, Jack Oakie, Charles Butterworth, Bob Burns and W.C. Fields. You even hear Arturo Toscanini's orchestra perform. A link to the broadcast can be found at https://archive.org/details/AdolphZukorsSilverJubilee370107HostJackBenny

As for Zukor, one of the few moguls who didn't have very many enemies, he became chairman emeritus of the studio and lived to 103 before his passing in 1976.

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