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For Memorial Day...

Posted by vp19 on 2010.05.31 at 07:11
Current mood: pensivepensive
...something to think about.



This is the cover of Life magazine from Feb. 14, 1944, barely more than two years after Carole Lombard had left us. The photo is of a sailor, presumably on leave in Los Angeles, in front of the "wall of fame" at the Earl Carroll Theatre on Sunset Boulevard (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/112620.html). And right in front of him is the oversized cement "autograph" Lombard had signed in the late 1930s.

We don't know whether this sailor had been a fan of Carole's...but he certainly was aware of how she died, in an airplane accident on her way home from the first large-scale war bond rally. So that added a bit of poignancy to this star-struck scene.

On this solemn day, think about those who sacrificed their lives for the American dream, and still do today.


Comments:


cinemafan2 at 2010-05-31 15:30 (UTC) (Link)

How myths are perpetuated

You say "she died, in an airplane accident on her way home from the first large-scale war bond rally. "


But Indianapolis was only one stop on a war bond tour....

"Carole's eastbound train to Chicago stopped briefly in Salt Lake City, Utah on Tuesday morning, January 13. She got off and gamely pitched bonds on the train platform for a waiting crowd and spoke with a reporter about the schedule for her war bond tour. Indianapolis, Indiana was going to be the first major stop and Cleveland, Ohio was going to be the second stop."

See:http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=FzgjAAAAIBAJ&sjid=uFkEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4405,1368540&dq=carole-lombard&hl=en

lombardarchive
lombardarchive at 2010-07-05 18:26 (UTC) (Link)
But if she had a sale stop planned in Cleveland, then why would she take a plane home to LA the night of the Indianapolis rally? This makes no sense. Would make sense if she had taken the train as planned, but ...

???

Class? Class? Anyone? Bueller?
cinemafan2 at 2010-07-05 18:53 (UTC) (Link)

How myths are perpetuated

A very good question. Why was Carole Lombard on that plane instead of heading to Cleveland? And why did Clark Gable blame himself for her death? Was it because he had good reason to?

See: http://cinemafan2.livejournal.com/2268.html



Edited at 2010-07-05 06:53 pm (UTC)
lombardarchive
lombardarchive at 2010-07-05 19:12 (UTC) (Link)
Clark absolutely had valid reason for beating himself up afterwards -- no doubt for the rest of his life. As they say, hindsight is always 20/20. Had Missy Carole returned home safely, he'd have simply continued on being constitutionally unable to keep his fly buttoned. But since she did not, he received the worst cosmic retribution imaginable. And of course Ms. Turner (among the legion of script girls, studio gofers, waitresses, and who-knows-whom) never would 'fess up about that particular phase of involvement with Gable. To the best of my knowledge, Lana never 'fessed up at all!

We have long wondered what was in that final note Carole left for Clark via Jeannie Garceau, and whether that note might have contained information material to her decision to take the TWA flight. (Jeannie told me that she never read the contents, although she may have been protecting Mr. and Mrs. G as she always did.) The paperwork we've seen indicates that her tour was probably not supposed to end in Indy...so why the rush home? My personal guess, and it is pure conjecture but fits the evidence very, very well -- I believe that the final note informed Pa that The Gables were to actually, finally become Pa and Ma in fact as well as in nickname. It would explain a lot about what was going on with them at that point, and his reaction to the note, along with CL's rush to return home. They'd had a fairly nasty argument about Turner before she left -- and CL was wise about cooling-off periods after a dust-up.

Carole S.
The Carole Lombard Archive
cinemafan2 at 2010-07-05 19:40 (UTC) (Link)
Carole,

You wrote: "The paperwork we've seen indicates that her tour was probably not supposed to end in Indy...so why the rush home? .... They'd had a fairly nasty argument about Turner before she left -- and CL was wise about cooling-off periods after a dust-up."


Carole, the paperwork you've seen further supports the news article from the Salt Lake City newspaper published on Tuesday, January 13, 1942 that I found.

While it is possible that Carole's final note told Gable that she was pregnant, I think she would have told him that personally and not left it in a note if that were true. And she had a great opportunity to tell him that, if it were true, during their dust-up on Sunday night before he walked out on her.

I suspect that she was flying home to try to repair their relationship. She was on a high from her great success in Indianapolis and perhaps hoped that her success there would mean something to him. Perhaps it would have - at least until the next script girl, studio gofer, or "Lana" came along.

Bill Cwiklo





Edited at 2010-07-06 05:33 am (UTC)
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