The four-day Carole Lombard Memorial Blogathon is complete, and I thank Crystal Kalyana Pacey of "In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood" for her help in running the event -- and coordinating things after my heart attack Wednesday night sidelined me for a few days.
The blogathon had but 10 entries, including mine, which doesn't sound like much (I take blame for not promoting it better)...but reading through them proved to me they're all worthwhile. So let's list them, one by one in chronological order of specific films examined, then showing the others:* The Midnite Drive-In
looks at Lombard's first talkie feature, Pathe's creaky 1929 drama "High Voltage" (https://midnitedrive-in.blogspot.com/2020/01/low-voltage.html
).* Screen Dreams
examines "No Man Of Her Own" (1932) and explains in its backstory how you can thank Marion Davies, of all people, for setting up Lombard's lone collaboration with Clark Gable (http://screendreams.net/the-carole-lombard-memorial-blogathon-no-man-of-her-own-1932/
).* Caftan Woman
has fun with "We're Not Dressing" (1934), which not only teams Carole with Bing Crosby but has arguably the weirdest supporting cast of any Lombard film -- Ethel Merman, George Burns, Gracie Allen and a young Ray Milland (https://www.caftanwoman.com/2020/01/the-carole-lombard-memorial-blogathon.html
).* The Stop Button
labels "The Princess Comes Across" (1936), Lombard's second teaming with Fred MacMurray, "an uneven mix of comedy and mystery." Find out why at https://www.thestopbutton.com/2020/01/16/princess-comes-across-1936/
gives you two
"Godfreys" for the price of one: The 1936 screwball classic with Carole and friendly ex William Powell, and the little-remembered 1957 version with David Niven and June Allyson, which attempts to retool the Depression story for the prosperous '50s (https://karavansara.live/2020/01/17/the-carole-lombard-memorial-blogathon-the-two-godfreys/
).* Taking Up Room
examines "Made For Each Other," the first of two films Carole made in 1939, both directed by John Cromwell, and co-starring James Stewart. The film has its merits, but is hampered by an incredulous ending (https://takinguproom.wordpress.com/2020/01/18/made-for-each-other/
). The other '39 Lombard-Cromwell collaboration, "In Name Only" with Cary Grant and Kay Francis, is handled by... * 18 Cinema Lane
, whose author, "Sally Silverscreen," had never seen a Lombard film until this. She liked Carole's work and Cary's too, along with the film's realistic approach to the subject of divorce (https://18cinemalane.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/take-3-in-name-only-review/
). Hope you see many more Lombard movies, Sally.* The Story Enthusiast
, run by Brittaney, is the rare bird who prefers Lombard's work as a dramatic actress (hey, everyone's entitled to their opinion), and cites "Vigil In The Night" (1940) as a reason why. (Carole's shown with Peter Cushing, 37 years before he entered the "Star Wars" universe.) "I'm so glad I didn't give up on Carole Lombard," she writes. We are, too (http://www.storyenthusiast.com/carole-lombard-memorial-blogathon-a-tribute-to-carole-as-a-dramatic-actress-aka-how-carole-lombard-won-me-over/
).* Critica Retro
, a Spanish/English classic film site, reviews several of Lombard's two-reelers for Mack Sennett, including "Matchmaking Mamma" (1929, with Daphne Pollard). Sennett gave Carole comedic experience as well as an on-screen confidence in the wake of her 1926 automobile accident that ended her brief tenure at Fox (https://criticaretro.blogspot.com/2020/01/carole-lombard-bathing-beauty.html
). Finally...* Carole & Co.
, and my look at the sleeping car "Rose Bowl," which Lombard used for two nights en route from Los Angeles to Chicago for her financially successful but ill-fated war bond rally trip to the Midwest. (She's shown with a local Treasury Department official before leaving Union Station Jan. 12, and she may be standing in the sleeper.) It's at https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/1063082.html
, and I expect to have more information about and pictures of this historic rail car soon.
Crystal's entry, with all the blogathon entries, is at https://crystalkalyana.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/the-carole-lombard-memorial-blogathon-is-here/.(Update:
Make that all the blogathon entries except hers -
- she emailed me today and said her Lombard entry will be in soon.) I thank her and everyone who participated.