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A blogathon for the baddies

Posted by vp19 on 2014.02.13 at 08:48
Current mood: coldcold
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Greetings from snowy Charlottesville, Va., which, unlike the Adirondacks experienced by Carole Lombard's character in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," isn't used to this sort of stuff...at least not this much of it. About eight inches has fallen in central Virginia as of this writing (with a few inches more to come), and nearly everything is closed. Fortunately, no power outages have yet been reported (knock wood) -- so here's today's entry, written from the warmth of home.

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As we've noted several times of late, Carole & Co. is co-host of the upcoming Romantic Comedy Blogathon...but we're not the only future blogathon out there. I've agreed to participate in one that will take place about a week before ours, dealing with the characters we so love to hate...

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This is such a big topic that it requires not one, not two, but three co-hosts, all beginning with the letter "s" (perhaps to evoke the hisses such baddies inspire) -- Shadows and Satin (http://shadowsandsatin.wordpress.com/), Silver Screenings (http://silverscreenings.org/) and Speakeasy (http://hqofk.wordpress.com/). As you might guess, my entry will be Lombard-related...but when did Carole portray a villain? Perhaps the only film of hers that qualifies is "The Arizona Kid," a movie I've never seen. So instead, we'll look at one of her cinematic antagonists, for which there are many candidates. An obvious example is Gail Patrick as Cornelia Bullock in "My Man Godfrey"...

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...or Sig Rumann as Col. "Concentration Camp" Ehrhardt in "To Be Or Not To Be"...

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...but my selection is a relatively obscure one, yet one as oily as can be without being a Nazi officer or spoiled sister. He's C. Aubrey Smith, from the 1932 Columbia film "No More Orchids":

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What makes his character so despicable? You'll learn in late April.

We don't have very many horizontals among Lombard's p1202 portraits for Paramount...but here's one, p1202-351 to be precise, and it's our latest LiveJournal header.

Comments:


R.A. Kerr at 2014-02-13 15:01 (UTC) (Link)

Thanks!

Thanks for the fabulous plug for the Great Villain Blogathon! We're really looking forward to your post. I've not seen "No More Orchids" – this will be a treat.
Kristina Dijan at 2014-02-14 12:25 (UTC) (Link)

thanks!

thanks so much for the plug and even better for participating, great to have you join the celebration of Baddies with such an original topic
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