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'Where's he been?' Here's my answer

Posted by vp19 on 2018.02.09 at 10:19
Current mood: depresseddepressed
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I feel jailed, like Carole Lombard's Helen Bartlett character in "True Confession." The reason? My laptop's screen went dark last Sunday, and since then my computer use has been limited to a 3G smartphone and a public desktop. Until I get my laptop fixed, no "Carole & Co." entries.

Hope to get all of this rectified soon, so I can resume daily posting, and thus be happy again.

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A happy 104th to a Paramount cohort

Posted by vp19 on 2018.02.03 at 10:52
Current mood: happyhappy


Not many people around today can say they knew Carole Lombard, but one who does turns 104 today.



Congratulations to Mary Carlisle, whom I believe is the last of the WAMPAS "baby stars" still with us (1932). The following year, she was Bing Crosby's leading lady in "College Humor" at Paramount (where Lombard worked at the time), leading to several years of cinema success. Like Carole, Jean Harlow and others, Mary was a photo subject of the legendary George Hurrell:



A few months ago, we saluted Carlisle (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/869432.html). Her good friend Darrell Rooney, a Facebook friend of mine and an expert on Harlow and '30s Hollywood, visits Mary regularly and says, "Mary always perks up about Lombard... she thought Carole was a hoot."



To learn more about Mary, visit a Facebook tribute to her at https://www.facebook.com/Mary-Carlisle-Tribute-Page-346095025435288/. And again, happy birthday, Mary.

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'Motion Picture,' November 1930: Meet the 'Three-In-One Girl'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.02.02 at 22:22
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic


In the fall of 1930, Carol(e) Lombard (about this time, the "e" in her first name was reinstated for good) was hardly an unknown to many motion picture fans, but no matter which way you spelled it, she was hardly a household name. So both she and Paramount addressed this with a publicity campaign.

While Lombard was in New York filming "Fast and Loose" in the summer of 1930 (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/444609.html), she was interviewed by Herbert Cruikshank of Motion Picture magazine, which ran it in its November 1930 issue with Helen Twelvetrees on the cover, illustrated by Marland Stone:



Not that the magazine gave it top-tier coverage; the story ran near the back of the issue, as the table of contents showed:



And the interview -- held at midtown Manhattan's fabled Hotel Algonquin of "round table" fame (did Carole stay there and commute to Paramount's lot in Astoria, Queens?) -- used a large, by-now-dated photo of Lombard taken by Pathe's William E. Thomas a year or two before:




The "Three-In-One Girl" headline and its subhead, "Carol Lombard is Herself, Constance Bennett, and Jeanne Eagels [a renowned stage and film actress who died the previous year at age 39]," conveyed that this was an intriguing blend of actress styles. And the Bennett reference begs the question: Was Lombard dismissed from Pathe in 1929 at the demand of Bennett, and was this intimated to the interviewer?

Cruikshank gets the time of her automobile accident wrong (it wasn't "three years ago," more like at least four or close to five), but in one paragraph he showed more awareness of her skills than officials at Lombard's new home of Paramount Pictures did:

"She's played in a dozen features, but it wasn't until she stopped the show in Buddy Rogers' film 'Safety in Numbers' that critics and customers began to sit up and take notice. They'd been casting Carol as an ingenue. Don't they all? When her strength lies in comedy. And that, incidentally, is what she wants to do. She doesn't want to be a star. Let her make folks laugh and she'll be happy."

According to the story, her film favorites at the time include among actresses Gloria Swanson (whom she knew at Pathe) and Ann Harding; her preferred actors are Fredric March, Robert Armstrong and Robert Montgomery, all of whom she would work with, and an obscure actor named Charles Kaley, best known today for "Lord Byron of Broadway."

Wrote Cruikshank: "Carol has the goods. Here's hoping she gets the chance to show them." And for more than a decade, she certainly did.

Opposite the article's lead page is an ad for Technicolor featuring Marion Davies, already a friend of Carole's (she had dated one of William Randolph Hearst's sons and had visited San Simeon):



This issue is available on eBay. You can buy it now for $90 or make an offer before the auction closes at 1:38 p.m. (Eastern) March 4. Learn more by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/Motion-Picture-11-1930-Marland-Stone-Helen-Twelvetrees-Carol-Lombard-Garbo-VG/232652490345?hash=item362b2b4669:g:rsAAAOSwSwVadLBM.

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Five minutes with Carole: What would you ask?

Posted by vp19 on 2018.02.01 at 22:11
Current mood: lovedloved


Someone at a Carole Lombard Facebook brought up this hypothetical situation yesterday:

"OK, so... an angel of the Lord comes down and tells you that you can have five minutes with Carole Lombard and ask her anything you want or talk to her about anything you want. What would you ask her or what would you talk to her about?"

My response was, "Let me think that over. It's a good question," to which someone replied, "...like Vincent would have to think about that?"

Yes. i can't imagine asking Carole, or anyone else no longer with us, about the circumstances regarding their death, no matter how curious I might be about it; that simply would hurt too much. Neither would I ask her to name the one true love of her life -- for any of us to compare people we've loved is self-defeating.



Five minutes isn't much time to learn about someone you've never met, but I'd love to learn more about her early career, particularly the Fox movies lost for decades and her work for Mack Sennett and Pathe. I especially want to know if, as rumored, Constance Bennett engineered the dismissal of Lombard and her ill-fated pal Diane Ellis from Pathe in 1929.



If she was up to discussing it, I'd also like to know about her relationship with Howard Hughes. Did she lose her virginity to him? Why did they have a falling out? And did she have a realistic chance of winning the female role in the sound version of "Hell's Angels" that eventually went to future friend Jean Harlow?

Finally, I'd ask her about roles she didn't get or turned down. I'm guessing "Taxi!", in which Loretta Young filled in for Lombard opposite James Cagney, would be brought up, as might a few others.



And before our five minutes were up, I'd thank Carole for the joy she's given us, how much she has inspired future generations of comedic actresses, and applaud her timeless nature. I would conclude our meeting with a gentle kiss, on behalf of the millions here who love her.

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Tune in for Lombard

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.31 at 02:13
Current mood: artisticartistic


We primarily think of movies when it comes to Carole Lombard... but don't forget that, like many film stars, she dabbled in radio -- especially beginning in the mid-1930s, when lower costs of transcontinental hookups made Los Angeles (and by that I mean "Hollywood," as in the motion-picture industry) a suitable site for network broadcasts.

"Lux Radio Theater," which began in New York in 1934 but whose ratings were unspectacular there, shifted operations to Hollywood in June 1936 and quickly soared to giant success. The following year, Jack Benny took his popular radio program from New York to LA, and by 1938 both CBS and NBC had both built impressive, state-of-the-art studios on Sunset Boulevard.




From 1937 to mid-1941, Lombard frequently appeared on network radio, occasionally as a guest on a variety show but more often participating on shows such as "Lux." There, she'd take part in either an adaptation of a film or an original radio production. She even briefly appeared on "The Circle," a short-lived NBC show with notables such as Cary Grant, Ronald Colman and Groucho and Chico Marx.



Earlier this month, the blog "Once Upon A Screen" commemorated the 76th anniversary of Lombard's passing by linking to ten of her appearances on radio. The earliest, from May 1937, has Carole alongside roguish dummy Charlie McCarthy on "The Chase & Sanborn Hour"...



...the latest features her with Bob Hope in an adaptation of "Mr & Mrs. Smith," designed to Hope's comedic persona, on "Lux" in June 1941.

Other stars heard opposite Carole include Grant, James Stewart (twice), William Powell, Fred MacMurray, Ralph Bellamy, Robert Young, Basil Rathbone and Edward Everett Horton. None of the last three ever made a sound film with Lombard. (Young had an unbilled part opposite Carole in the 1928 Mack Sennett short "The Campus Vamp.")

The listening is fascinating. Lombard and Stewart play the Margaret Sullavan and Henry Fonda roles in "The Moon's Our Home"; she and Young are the leads in a version of "The Awful Truth" (with Bellamy reprising his film role); Carole, Cary and Kay re-team to adapt "In Name Only," something Lombard does with MacMurray for "True Confession."

The links to the broadcasts are at https://aurorasginjoint.com/2018/01/16/carole-lombard-on-the-radio-2/. Enjoy.



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Press-ing a 'Golden Age'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.30 at 17:10
Current mood: amusedamused


As 1957 turned into 1958. Carole Lombard found her way back to theaters, roughly 16 years after her death. For that, thank Robert Youngson and his silent comedy compilation "The Golden Age of Comedy," where he collected several two-reelers (such as Lombard's "Run, Girl, Run" from Mack Sennett).



Youngson added a music track and narration -- both of which sound rather trite some six decades later -- and had an unexpected hit, leading to several similar followups (none of which featured Carole). More on this is at https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/84862.html.

The American pressbook for "The Golden Age of Comedy" is now available via eBay. Here's what it looks like:







The seller, from Minnesota, has specialized in pressbooks (more than 1,400) for more than 40 years. This one measures 11" x 17" (the pages are glossy) and is in excellent condition.

Interested? You can buy it for $29.95. Learn more by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/THE-GOLDEN-AGE-OF-COMEDY-pressbook-Laurel-Hardy-Carole-Lombard-Will-Rogers/302621884284?hash=item4675ab7f7c:g:Kn8AAOSwCU1Ypld1.

If you're a pressbook collector, having this will make you feel like a winner.


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Part of a complete, balanced 'Breakfast'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.29 at 09:33
Current mood: indescribableindescribable
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"Love Before Breakfast" is one of those Carole Lombard films where her talent for comedy, unleashed to the world in 1934's "Twentieth Century" and confirmed in the following year's "Hands Across the Table," is on full display -- but it's evident that the rest of the world hadn't yet caught up to her. (It wouldn't until Universal's other film with Carole, "My Man Godfrey," released later in 1936.)

Not that "Breakfast" is bereft of charm. The source is the short story "Spinster Dinner" by Faith Baldwin, a hugely popular writer of the day. (Her stories included the clever Clark Gable-Myrna Loy-Jean Harlow triangle "Wife vs. Secretary.") One of the writers of the film adaptation was an uncredited Preston Sturges, who'd worked with Lombard in 1930's "Fast and Loose." And the supporting cast is solid, led by Preston Foster and Cesar Romero as rival suitors.

But 82 years after its release, "Love Before Breakfast" is probably best known for a poster that would be anathema in today's #MeToo and #TimesUp environment:



(Just to clarify things, Lombard's Kay Colby character does not get the black eye from domestic violence, but merely from being a bystander in a fight.)



A few years back, the site "The Blonde at the Film" did a fine examination of "Love Before Breakfast," one worth checking out: https://theblondeatthefilm.com/2013/11/11/love-before-breakfast-1936/.

A rare original still from the movie now is available from eBay, picturing Lombard and Romero:



It's 8" x 10", and said to be "in very good shape with a small curl." You can buy it now for $17.95, or make an offer. In that case, the auction is set to close at 11:14 a.m. (Eastern) a week from Wednesday.

If you're curious, find out more by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CESAR-ROMERO-Love-Before-Breakfast-Orig-1936-Photo/382336942937?hash=item59050ec359:g:1eUAAOSwYVhZb8pL.

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Need large Lombard pix? This 'Doctor' has your prescription

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.28 at 14:56
Current mood: artisticartistic


I'm not sure when the above Carole Lombard picture was taken -- I'm guessing it was the mid-1930s -- but if you'd like to know where you can find large, attractive images of Carole, check out the site where I got this from.

It's called "Dr. Macro's High Quality Movie Scans," and it specializes in "very high quality images of famous screen stars, mostly from the 1940s and earlier." In short, it's a classic Hollywood image site, and a very good one.

The site will celebrate its 15th anniversary in May (more than four years the senior of Carole & Co.), with not only hundreds of galleries of actresses and actors, but features such as links to wallpapers, like this one someone named Carrie made of Lombard:



If you want it at its full 1600 x 1200 size, go to http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Desktop%20Wallpapers/Carrie/Carrie%20-%20Lombard,%20Carole_01.jpg.

It also houses Sylvie's wallpapers site, which has three of Carole:





The top Sylvie wallpaper is at http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Desktop%20Wallpapers/Sylvie/Sylvie%20-%20Lombard,%20Carole_01.jpg; the middle at http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Desktop%20Wallpapers/Sylvie/Sylvie%20-%20Lombard,%20Carole_02.jpg; and the bottom at http://www.doctormacro.com/Images/Desktop%20Wallpapers/Sylvie/Sylvie%20-%20Lombard,%20Carole_03.jpg.

There's a main page, an annex and a "not ready for prime time" page of pix that didn't quite make the grade for one reason or another but are worth checking out anyway, such as this leggy sepia shot from her Mack Sennett days:



Other Lombard-related stuff includes radio broadcasts, select fan magazines in PDF form, and more. It's worth a visit, and you can check out its Carole collection at http://www.doctormacro.com/Movie%20Star%20Pages/Lombard,%20Carole.htm.

That includes this Lombard Paramount "personality poster," for instance:


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A blonde goddess in silver gelatin

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.27 at 20:08
Current mood: contentcontent


I'm certain that sometime in the past, we've noted the existence of this remarkable Carole Lombard portrait, where she literally keeps it under her hat -- man-style millinery Carole carries off quite well. It's Paramount p1202-1620.

Who took it? Staff photographer William Walling. We know because it's written on the back:



Do you want a specific year for this portrait? It's 1937:



More on this vintage original image from the seller:

"Photographed by William Walling, this highly beautiful glamour portrait has all the hallmarks of Golden Age of Hollywood photography -- high wattage lighting which gives Lombard an angelic glow and a touch of fashionable elegance as well as Lombard's singular beauty."

It's listed in fine condition. "The photo displays some creasing and softening at the corners as well as some mild, scattered handling wear."

As of this writing eight bids had been made on this original silver gelatin single-weight, topping at $21.50. Since the auction doesn't end until 10:33 p.m. (Eastern) a week from Monday, the sale price could be substantially higher.

If you'd like to get involved, just go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/Incredible-Carole-Lombard-Vintage-1937-Art-Deco-Glamour-Portrait-Photograph-WOW/292425161277?hash=item4415e5da3d:g:wbQAAOSwJc9aa3A9.

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Happy Australia Day (well, it still is here)

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.26 at 20:51
Current mood: awakeawake


To the many Carole Lombard fans in Australia, I know I'm too late, given the International Dateline and all that. But here in the U.S., it's still Jan. 26 as I write this.

Lombard, of course, never visited Australia, but her films were popular there. On Jan. 31, 1942, some 15 days after her passing, she was the subject of a page of retrospective pictures in the Australian Women's Weekly:



In a happier vein, an eBay seller in Australia has five ads from the 1939 Lombard-James Stewart film "Made For Each Other":



These ran in the Sydney publication Truth, and it might be interesting to compare the ads that ran there to others issued in the U.S., Canada or Great Britain.

You can buy this vintage package, listed in fine+ condition, for $49.99 AU (that's approximately $40.46 US) under eBay's "buy it now" policy. Interested? Then visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/MADE-FOR-EACH-OTHER-1939-Original-movie-advertising-James-Stewart-Carole-Lombard/192435493120?hash=item2cce0c9900:g:QZQAAOSw~iRZm9B8 to learn more.




Now if I only had a pic of Carole with a koala...


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Lombard, Transylvania style

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.25 at 11:38
Current mood: scaredscared


What, you're thinking? Did Carole Lombard secretly make another horror film along the lines of 1933's "Supernatural" (shown above)?

Nope. While this entry has a connection to Transylvania, it's the real-life, modern-day section of Romania...sorry, no vampires or other monsters. And it's about some vintage British Lombard postcards available from a Transylvania eBay seller.

Take this one, for instance (both the front and back)...



..or this one:



Each are regulation postcard size with signatures printed onto the card. The top sells for $25, the bottom for $12, though you can make an offer on either.

Two other postcards team Carole with co-stars and are in artist-rendered color. First, Lombard and George Raft at Paramount...




...then, Carole with Cary Grant at RKO:




Each are $16 or make a best offer.

Find a link to all four items at https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=lynxstamps&hash=item2a9da06151%3Ag%3ARyIAAOSwvktaaXmq&item=183033160017&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard.TRS0&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.

Oh, and getting back to "Supernatural": While Lombard despised the assignment, where she portrayed a wealthy woman possessed by the spirit of a murderess, the fun-loving part of her couldn't resist using that unconventional makeup to "scare" some pals:



Finally, some personal news that's anything but scary: This week, my comedy screenplay "Stand Tall!" is an official selection of the LA Live Film Fest. As part of it, my promotional one-sheet received the festival's seal of approval, and another version created with additional info on the script. Here's what each of them looks like:




The festival takes place Nov. 10 at the Regal Cinemas LA Live 14, near the Grammy Museum.


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Carole Lombard, Mack Sennett army wife?

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.24 at 21:25
Current mood: cheerfulcheerful


When we think of Carole Lombard's work for Mack Sennett, we naturally first consider her starring vehicles such as "Run, Girl, Run" (above). But as part of the Sennett troupe, Lombard made numerous appearances in his two-reelers (and a handful of four-reelers as well).

Today, I viewed one of her Sennett shorts, "Smith's Army Life," released in February 1928 as part of the popular Smith Family series. This was the 19th Smith movie; Lombard had appeared in a supporting role in 1927's "Smith's Pony," and later in '28 would have a nameless, uncredited role in "Smith's Restaurant."

In Brent E. Walker's authoritative book "Mack Sennett's Fun Factory," he writes of the series:

Mack Sennett said in a 1926 press release, "It has been one of my pet ideas for years to make a series of comedies depicting the average American family in all its humorous aspects." This statement was made in conjunction with Sennett's announcement heralding a new comedy series that represented something of a departure for him. ... Rather than go for broad laughs, these films would seek humor through the audience's identification with the family's all-too-familiar foibles.

It may have been Sennett's answer to the somewhat more sophisticated short comedies from Hal Roach, which were more character-driven than Sennett's slapstick and drawing more audience approval.

Raymond McKee played Jimmy Smith; Ruth Hiatt, a natural brunette who dyed her hair blonde for the series, played his wife, Mabel. But the best remembered member of the family was Mary Ann Jackson, whose debut came with Carole in "Smith's Pony." Her charm (including Colleen Moore-styled Dutch boy bangs) and good-natured mischief won her many fans. (She moved to Roach's studio in 1929 and appeared in "Our Gang" shorts for the next two years.) Here's a pic of the "family" on the set, along with Jackson's image in a Sennett trade ad:




The premise is that Jimmy is in training camp, Mabel and Bubbles are with him, and all sorts of fun occurs. It's in the tradition of service comedies dating back to Charlie Chaplin's "Shoulder Arms" a decade before (and I'm certain military matters were played for laughs on screen prior to that).

Carole portrays the wife of Jimmy's friend Clarence. We first see her about 5 1/2 minutes into the film, watching the troops march by:



Not the greatest screen grab, I admit.

Later, Lombard is shown having dinner with the soldiers (and her husband):




The best news about "Smith's Army Life" (listed in IMDb as 20 minutes long, but here running about 15 1/2) is that it was posted on YouTube on Monday, enabling you to see it for yourself. So here it is -- enjoy. (This lacks a sound track, and while it was posted on a Spanish-language site, its few title cards are in English.)



More on the Smith Family comedies can be found at http://www.silentcomedymafia.com/viewtopic.php?t=210.

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She's focused on you

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.23 at 12:34
Current mood: boredbored


Interesting pic of Carole Lombard, especially when you look at what she's holding. It's a pair of binoculars. What's she got them for? Bird-watching? The opera? (She occasionally attended with William Powell.) Frankly, she appears a bit bored here, surprising for someone with Lombard's fabled energy. Then again, she merely could be playing bored.

Fortunately, this image -- Paramount p1202-214 -- has some printed information on the back. Let's see if that helps explain things:



Okay, we already knew this was from 1932 (probably late spring or early summer, judging from the p1202 number) and that the copyright was waived for newspapers, but now we learn the pic is designed to promote her latest film:

"Perhaps this is the only pair of binoculars in her neighborhood which aren't focused under uplifted brows on Carole Lombard when she appears in public, professionally or privately. Get your own glasses all polished up for an eyeful of her in 'Sinners in the Sun,' a Paramount picture which proves she can be gaspingly beautiful in rags or riches."

As long as those binoculars aren't from peeping Toms, in which case Carole's salty tongue would cut them down to size.

For this image, we can thank George Smoots (not to be confused with cosmologist George Smoot, 2006 Nobel Prize winner in physics). Smoots was an oil company credit manager who loved movies, amassing a colossal collection of stills -- he was friends with many studio photographers -- until his death in 1951. More than 40 years later, many of his pictures were donated to the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. This comes from the remainder of his collection.

The vintage 8" x 10" is in excellent condition, with light scattered surface handling and storage wear. It's being auctioned until 10:24 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday, with bids beginning at $39.99.

If you're interested in this photo, a Lombard image I've not previously seen (and over the years, I've viewed a majority of her 1,700 or so p1202 pics), visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-w-BINOCULARS-Original-Vintage-1932-PARAMOUNT-PORTRAIT-Photo/142643275855?hash=item213633a84f:g:y9IAAOSwGPxaN~6K.

And while Carole may appear bored, she can rest assured we never are with her.

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From Charlie to Kermit: 100 years of magic on La Brea

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.22 at 22:22
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic


In the spring of 1924, Jane Alice Peters (aka the future Carole Lombard), 15 and a student at the newly-opened Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, was named its Queen of the May. A scout representing comedy king Charlie Chaplin attended the pageant, was impressed by her beauty, and invited Jane/Carole -- who'd had a small role three years earlier in director Allan Dwan's "A Perfect Crime" -- to interview for the feminine lead in his upcoming film, "The Gold Rush."



So Lombard went for her interview and didn't land the role -- legend has it that according to Chaplin, she was "too pretty" -- but it enabled her to walk through the gates of a place on La Brea Avenue that she had probably wanted to visit since its opening in January 1918. Here's an architect's rendering from the Oct. 16, 1917 Los Angeles Times:



And here's how it looked in 1922:



A 2013 piece by local historian Mary Mallory (https://ladailymirror.com/2018/01/22/mary-mallory-hollywood-heights-charlie-chaplin-comes-to-hollywood-2/) described the Chaplin lot as "the first beautiful studio lot in Hollywood, the first to offer style to filmmaking." The qualifier "in Hollywood" is important here; in 1916, the year before Culver City was incorporated, Thomas Ince built his Triangle Studios on Washington Boulevard, with a colonnade that still impresses:



Less than a decade later, it became home to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for its glory years and today is headquarters for Sony Pictures (the former Columbia studio).

Chaplin and brother Sydney Chaplin acquired a five-acre estate at the northeast corner of La Brea Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. Part of it would become the family home, while the remainder of the property would house the stages. All were built in an English Tudor style.

The rapid growth of Los Angeles led to La Brea's widening in 1929, and studio buildings at 1416 North La Brea were moved back 15 feet to accommodate the change:



Chaplin filmed many of his classics here -- not only "The Gold Rush," but "City Lights," "Modern Times," "The Great Dictator," "Monsieur Verdoux" and "Limelight." No non-Chaplin productions were filmed there until the fall of 1943.

Denied re-entry to the U.S. in October 1952 at the height of the Red Scare, Chaplin sold the studio the following year. While the new owners initially planned to raze the lot, it was saved by the burgeoning medium of television. The final few seasons of George Reeves' "The Adventures of Superman" were shot there, and in 1959, it was used for Red Skelton's TV show. He bought the facility in April 1960 (the year Roger Corman's original "The Little Shop of Horrors" was filmed there), selling it to CBS two years later.



The second half of the run of Raymond Burr's "Perry Mason" series (whose executive producer was Lombard's friend and fellow actress Gail Patrick) was filmed until it ended in 1966. That fall, trumpeter Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss bought the facility for their A&M Records, a growing independent label. Two soundstages were converted into recording studios, and in February 1969 the lot was designated as a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument, only the second entertainment-related building to receive such an honor. (Grauman's Chinese on Hollywood Boulevard was the first.)

The monument sign is next to a doorway picturing Chaplin in his legendary "tramp" character, evoking an experimental 1918 color shot of the comedy legend at his new home:





The 1985 all-star charity hit "We Are the World" was recorded and filmed there.

In February 2000, a few years after Muppet creator Jim Henson's passing, his children purchased the lot for $12.5 million to house The Jim Henson Company (later bought by Disney). Later that year, it honored its heritage old and new by unveiling a 12-foot statue of the Muppets' most famous character, Kermit the Frog, in a Chaplin tramp outfit.



People who work there must echo the comments Chaplin himself made to a Times reporter 100 years ago this month: "...the fellow that couldn't be happy there would be the fellow that would write a want ad in heaven."

To close, this rare behind-the-scenes curio: A 16-minute film from Chaplin, "How to Make Movies," designed as a trade film for First National. It shows time-lapse photography of the studio's construction, shots of the new studio (including its swimming pool!), and some delightful camera trickery (four women standing are magically transformed from everyday wear into 1918 swimsuits). Not many people are aware this exists, but it reveals Los Angeles, and that La Brea neighborhood, 100 years ago.


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Much ado about Mrs. Smith

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.21 at 13:02
Current mood: amusedamused


I've long maintained that in all of Carole Lombard's films, nowhere was she photographed more lovingly than in her next-to-last movie, the 1941 romantic comedy "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." Director and close friend Alfred Hitchcock, on holiday from his usual suspense fare, makes Carole look iconic (to be sure, something not hard to do) from her initial appearance as Ann Smith, the Upper East Side housewife who soon discovers --via a legality in Norman Krasna's terrifically clever script -- that she isn't one at all.

Film Comment, from the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York, noted this in its May/June 2015 issue. Author Matias Piniero begins the piece with:

"Her introduction in 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith' couldn't be less innocent: The camera tracks in to the bed where she pretends to be sleeping, until it reaches an extreme close-up of her opening her eye and looking straight to the camera."



Piniero praises her "modern persona and comedic genius":

"She's an actress who seems to be aware of herself acting, and who nurtures her talent from the joy of that self-consciousness, which is never ironic, but both lucid and abstract."

He adds: "In 'Mr. & Mrs. Smith,' Lombard essentially plays a number of roles: she is a spiteful wife in the bedroom, a merry mistress in the ballroom, a working girl in a department store and a passionate lover at a ski resort. All of these, for her husband's eyes and ears and the audience's pleasure."



The piece concludes: "Lombard's character drinks from the same fountain as Beatrice in 'Much Ado About Nothing': love and hate, in time-honored fashion, are separated by a thin line."

The article, which includes a 2 1/2-minute clip from the film, can be found at https://www.filmcomment.com/article/in-the-moment-carole-lombard-in-mr-and-mrs-smith/.


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A pair of Lombard 'Screen Oddities'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.20 at 11:21
Current mood: curiouscurious


Seeing this image of Carole Lombard -- especially at this time of year -- understandably causes many of her fans to cringe. Yet it should be remembered that when this photo was taken in 1935, Lombard (perhaps inspired by fellow actress Ruth Chatterton, a noted aviatrix) briefly took up flying. While she soon decided, for reasons unknown, not to pursue aviation any further, she apparently could handle the challenge, of this '35 cartoon makes clear:



The caption: "Carole Lombard made a perfect 3-point landing on her first attempt after she recently took up flying."

This drawing is from the "Screen Oddities" panel from Capt. Roscoe Fawcett that ran in many newspapers across the U.S. Here's another one that year with a Lombard note:



If this is to be believed, Carole -- trying to feign hiccups during production of "Hands Across the Table" -- came down with a real case so severe that filming had to be shut down for two days. At the very least, it makes for a good story.

Both sketches are available on eBay, each with beginning bids of $9.99 with the auctions closing late Friday (Eastern). The one with the hiccups is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hoot-Gibson-Eric-Linden-Carole-Lombard-1935-Sketch-Cartoon-RARE/352259896535?hash=item52045374d7:g:YIgAAOSwRQxaYr4f; the aviation sketch is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Pat-OBrien-Carole-Lombard-Constance-Bennett-1935-Sketch-Cartoon-RARE/352259895989?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D2%26asc%3D47301%26meid%3De6697301949e4f009b6d8a27b4da958e%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D1%26sd%3D352259896535&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851.

And the pic (a reprint) of Carole next to the plane (a Waco CJC C)? You can buy it for $3.95 under eBay's "buy it now" program. Go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-POSING-WITH-A-WACO-CJC-C-1935-8X10-PHOTO-PRINT-4341-HOL/183027474356?hash=item2a9d499fb4:g:rYoAAOSw1RVaYraU.

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Garbo laughs and Lombard's 'Heaven'-ly

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.19 at 12:48
Current mood: creativecreative


"From Hell to Heaven" isn't one of Carole Lombard's better remembered films, for several reasons. A dime-store attempt by Paramount to copy MGM's award-winning "Grand Hotel" -- only this is set at a resort hotel, on the eve of a major horse race -- it doesn't have Metro's star power (when Lombard is top-billed in 1933, you know it's not a top-tier production), nor is it as well written. But it gave Paramount and the theaters it owned product in early 1933, when the Depression was hitting its nadir.




Some seven years later, "Heaven" resurfaced. By June 1940, Lombard was a major star, even though her forays into dramatic roles weren't to everyone's tastes. But Paramount, whose last film from Carole was 1937's "True Confession," released this title to that era's equivalent of the revival circuit. They were moviehouses that showed twin bills of films from recent years.

One of these theaters was the Alden in Manhattan, which at the start of 1939 ran Lombard's '33 Columbia film "Brief Moment" (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/95185.html). Nearly 18 months later, Carole was back, sharing a double bill with none other than Greta Garbo:



(One wonders whether Alden management wanted to pair "Ninotchka" with 1936's "The Princess Comes Across," where Lombard's Brooklyn-born character tries to pass herself off as a Swedish princess by using an ersatz Garbo accent.)

The rest of the four-page herald showed coming attractions, an intriguing mix of '30s titles in the days before television and the late, late show (Ginger Rogers and the Marx Brothers?):




If you collect heralds, this one -- measuring 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" when closed, and in good condition -- can be yours. Bidding begins at $3.95, with the auction closing at 9:34 a.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. Learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/GRETA-GARBO-Vintage-1940-MOVIE-HERALD-Carole-Lombard-GINGER-ROGERS-Ninotchka/362216114276?hash=item5455c34864:g:cNkAAOSwkvFaX1uF.

Perhaps you'll wind up in the winner's circle.

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'Up Pops' a movieblock. A what?

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.18 at 22:55
Current mood: impressedimpressed


There's all sorts of Carole Lombard memorabilia out there, and today, we've uncovered another item. It has to do with her 1931 Paramount film "Up Pops the Devil," co-starring Norman Foster (shown above)...and the item is something that I've never heard of before.

What is it, you ask? Well, here's what I'm talking about:



Confused? Of course -- it looks backwards, and that's because it is. So we'll flip it around, to make it more legible:



Still can't read it? Then let's turn the negative image into a positive one:



It's called a "movieblock" printing plate. Ever wonder how theaters back in the day created programs for shows? Movieblocks was one of the methods. Metal, photo-engraved and mounted on a block of wood, they used oil-based paint and a letterpress printing press for a program. This item measures 2 1/2" x 1 1/2", and was created by the National Program and Printing Company, based in Chicago.

The eBay seller of this item is from Florida and goes by the user name "movieblock." His or her store has about 400 of these available, from the early 1930s to the late sixties (my Facebook friends Julie Newmar and Mamie Van Doren are each represented). The entire list can be found at https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?item=122920409898&hash=item1c9ea09b2a%3Ag%3AKhYAAOSwCMtaYDC~&_ssn=movieblock&rt=nc.

The "Up Pops the Devil" movieblock is in generally clean condition. It has an opening bid of $139.95, and the auction is set to end at 12:34 a.m. (Eastern) Thursday. If you'd like to bid, or are simply curious about this curio, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/Skeets-Gallagher-Stuart-Erwin-Carole-Lombard-Movieblock-Up-Pops-The-Devil/122920409898?hash=item1c9ea09b2a:g:KhYAAOSwCMtaYDC~.

But that's not the only Lombard movieblock available. There's one from arguably her most famous movie, presented in the same order as what you saw above:





Yep, the movieblock for "My Man Godfrey," also in generally clean condition. This one has a "buy it now" price of $139. To take a look, go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/William-Powell-Carole-Lombard-Alice-Brady-Gail-Patrick-Movieblock-My-Man-Godfrey/111386610135?hash=item19ef28c9d7:g:CeoAAOSw7PBTmnRn.


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A 'message' from Carole, 2018

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.17 at 01:59
Current mood: creativecreative
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After the contemplation that accompanies every Jan. 16 for Carole Lombard fans, it's time to return to more optimistic fare; I sense Carole herself wouldn't want it any other way.

Above is a sign made for Lombard's one-week publicity stint at Selznick International Studios in July 1938. Not only did it help the curious Carole better understand that aspect of her craft, but it had the side benefit of supplying her with publicity for her upcoming film project, "Made For Each Other" with James Stewart. (It also helped her wash out the disappointment of her only film in '38, the poorly received "Fools For Scandal.")

We often play "what if" with Lombard, such as our recent entry imagining Carole at age 57, contacted by people associated with the 1966 "Batman" TV series about playing a guest villainess against Adam West's Caped Crusader (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/885217.html). My years of research into her life have helped me create somewhat plausible (at least to me) scenarios on what might have happened.

However, what if Lombard were around today, not as someone aged 109, but the same age as she is in the pic (29)? Our imaginary contemporary Carole would be imbued with her real-life self's core beliefs, adjusted for a person eight decades younger. We'll also assume the millennial Lombard is an actress in Los Angeles and most comfortable doing comedy -- though given the film industry these days, which is more interested in comic-book adaptations than smart comedy, much of her work might be in TV.



And while the 1908 Carole was influenced to become a feminist from her mother, Elizabeth Peters, her '88 self developed her feminism through her environment. The real-life Lombard used inventive invective (words taught her by older brothers Frederick and Stuart), and perhaps our 29-year-old Carole would employ a similar strategy today to keep the Harvey Weinsteins of the world at bay. Or she might add social media to her arsenal. So here is today's Lombard, showing solidarity with her Hollywood sisters:



As a Lombard born in 1948 might've said, can you dig it?

The idea for this came about a week ago, in the wake of the Golden Globe Awards, when I saw on Facebook a drawing of three classic Hollywood icons (I believe they were Bette Davis, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe) holding a #TimesUp sign. Thinking Carole should get in on the action, I asked for some help creating a Lombard version. Zaida Shilling, a FB friend from Oklahoma City, was up to the task. Paul Duca also created a version, one that better reflects the actual angle of the sign:



Feel free to copy either image and share it with your pals, as Carole joins forces with today's generation in the fight for women getting more respect in entertainment and against sexual harassment.

And I'll close with this bit of self-promotion, if you don't mind: On Monday, I submitted my feature script "Stand Tall!" to the Stage 32 group's third annual Comedy Writing Contest:



Past winners and finalists have made networking contacts with industry notables; this year's judges are six producers from companies who have worked with the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and other top-tier actors and directors. The deadline for entries is April 11, but I saved some money by meeting the early bird deadline.



I've mentioned "Stand Tall!" in the past -- a romantic comedy twist on the sci-fi subgenre of "giant woman" movies, although 16-foot-1 heroine Colleen Cossitt says, "I'm here to entertain people, not attack them" -- and continue to hone the material. To see my latest version, visit https://filmfreeway.com/projects/476988.

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Some thoughts on her 76th angel day

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.16 at 08:19
Current mood: lovedloved


The January 16th entry at Carole & Co. invariably is most difficult for me to write. Not directly for personal reasons -- Carole Lombard left this earth in 1942, more than 13 1/2 years before I arrived -- but what can I write to commemorate this tragedy, one with long-lasting effects upon millions, without repeating myself?

This marks the 11th time I've written such an entry, and over the past year I've truly come to appreciate the community of Carole fandom. Compared to those for other film legends (and one really shouldn't; among those who love classic Hollywood and its many personalities, there is no exclusivity), it may not be all that large, but it's loyal with love for Lombard, deep and genuine.

The photo above shows Carole at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis on Jan. 15, 1942. I'm not certain what part of the day it was taken, but she looks tired, presumably after a whirlwind of activity, with more yet to come. (At least one person noted it may have given us a glimpse of what Lombard might've looked like had she aged.) It may have been after the war bond rally at the Indiana state capitol:




That bottom photo, enlarged, shows some of the jewelry Lombard had on that day:



Nearly 50 years later, that ring she's shown wearing was found on Mount Potosi:



Another jewelry gem of hers, a ruby, also was found, although what it was encased in was destroyed in the wreckage:



Another item was this war bond token, from the Department of the Treasury (on Jan. 14, Lombard met Treasury officials in Chicago and was given instructions):



I would hope these artifacts eventually are bequeathed to a museum as ways of remembering Lombard's legacy.

Finally, this piece, from the April 1942 issue of Hollywood magazine, an article I'd never seen until recently. Lombard's many good deeds were well known to the entertainment community, though she never publicized them herself. After her passing, numerous stories about them reached print, including this collection of anecdotes.




Carole hardly was a saint -- something she'd readily admit -- but she was a genuinely nice, good person whose charity touched many. She remains an inspiration, not merely for her work as an actress, but for what she was as a human being. And that's why she's still remembered, and loved.




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Artifacts from her final hotel room

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.15 at 09:51
Current mood: contemplativecontemplative


Today, 76 years ago, Carole Lombard made what would be her last public appearance -- visiting Indianapolis, capital of her home state of Indiana, to rally citizens in the nation's first bond rally of World War II. While America had been building up its readiness since war broke out in Europe in September 1939, full-force mobilization didn't occur until after Dec. 7, 1941 and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

Now, little more than a month later, Lombard -- who as 9-year-old Jane Alice Peters watched film stars speak to sell bonds at rallies in Los Angeles during much of 1918 -- was herself cast in that role, one that meant much to her as an American. And did she ever deliver...



...alas, at the cost of her life the following night in Nevada. (I believe this headline is from a newspaper published Jan. 16, though I'm not certain which one.)

For today's entry, I thank midwesterner Brian Lee Anderson, who's done plenty of research in recent months on the final few months of Lombard's life, with hopes of converting it into a book.

Carole, her mother Elizabeth Peters and MGM publicist Otto Winkler, a longtime friend of both Lombard and husband Clark Gable, spent the night of Jan. 14-15 at the Claypool Hotel, the largest in Indianapolis:



While the Claypool was razed nearly half a century ago following a huge fire in June 1967, the furniture from Lombard's suite that fateful night was preserved and can be seen elsewhere in the city:




The Indianapolis Propylaeum, a nonprofit civic site at 1410 North Delaware Street in the city's Old Northside historic district (https://www.thepropylaeum.org/). The organization ("propylaeum" is Greek for "gateway") moved to its current site in 1923.

The Propylaeum acquired some of the furniture from Lombard's suite, and it's on display for public viewing. Here's the bed Carole slept in:



Note the pineapple fixture on each bedpost. In happier times, that might have reminded Lombard of her 1931 Hawaiian honeymoon with William Powell, but in early '42, she likely thought of the devastating "day of infamy" at the U.S. naval base the previous month:




Also shown is a chest of drawers and a writing desk:




Atop the chest is a photo of Carole and Clark, to remind those too young to have known of them or non-classic Hollywood fans. (Sadly, many do exist.)



For proof these items are from the hotel...



The Propylaeum, which can be rented for weddings and other gala events, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and its tea room serves lunch from 11 to 2. For more information, check the website listed above or phone 317-638-7881.


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No, it's not Gable and Clayburgh

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.14 at 13:10
Current mood: confusedconfused


When I first glanced at the eBay pic above, headlined "Carole Lombard Clark Gable 8 x 10 photo," I briefly thought, is this from the failed 1976 biopic "Gable and Lombard"? That's gotta be Jill Clayburgh as Carole, not Carole herself, right? Has someone become really good at Photoshop?

But after a more sustained look at the image, it was obvious that while the angle it was taken made Lombard look suspiciously modern, the man behind her certainly wasn't James Brolin. (The "Gable and Lombard" film begins in 1936, with no mention at all of their 1932 teaming in "No Man Of Her Own.") Moreover, the caption resembles that used by Paramount at the time. So while it's a reprint, its source is genuine.

You can purchase it for $6.99 -- simply visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Clark-Gable-8x10-photo-U7864/401476310407?hash=item5d79da5587:g:bc4AAOSw6dlZ1Dxv to find out more.

The seller has a "buy 4, get 1 free" deal, and as of this writing has 27 Lombard items available; many also are at $6.99. Check the list out at https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=hairybeury&hash=item5d79da5587%3Ag%3Abc4AAOSw6dlZ1Dxv&item=401476310407&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC2.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard.TRS0&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.

One is from a film we mentioned in passing yesterday, the campy Lombard-Charles Laughton poiboiler "White Woman" from late 1933, profiled by Picture Play in January 1934:



(And Picture Play got it wrong -- the film is set in the jungles of southeast Asia a la "Red Dust," not Africa.)

This one shows Lombard with Laughton, as they generate the antithesis of sexual tension (probably their intent, given the over-the-top nature of the film):



This relative rarity goes for $9.99. Learn more at https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=hairybeury&hash=item5d79da5587%3Ag%3Abc4AAOSw6dlZ1Dxv&item=401476310407&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC2.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard.TRS0&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.

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'Holy camp-fest, Batman! It's special guest villainess Carole Lombard as...'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.13 at 15:19
Current mood: giddygiddy


(It's March 1966. More than two dozen years after her plane stayed in the air, Carole Lombard -- now 57 and transitioning into work as a character actress when she's not producing films -- gets a call from an old friend she worked with in "Love Before Breakfast.")

Carole Lombard: Hello.
Cesar Romero: Hi there, Cesar Romero here. Trust you're doing well.
Carole: I am.
Cesar: Loved those comedies you've done with Myrna Loy. How many have you two done now?



Carole: Seven in all -- one more than she made with Bill as Nick. She does the ZaSu Pitts, I do the Thelma Todd, only we inflate the stories to feature-length scale. Oh, and I see what you've been up to on TV -- a far cry from "Ocean's Eleven" or "The Thin Man." All that makeup, and you keep your mustache on!



Cesar: I'm over here at Fox planning my next Joker appearance, and [executive producer] Bill Dozier wanted me to talk to you about appearing on the show as a guest villain. I'm sure you know the series is what they call, er, "camp."
Carole: Neither you nor Susan Sontag have to tell me about camp. Remember "White Woman" with Charles Laughton?



Cesar: That was over the top, all right.
Carole: But who would I play? All I know about comic books is that Superman's alter ego was named for two actors I worked with, one on "White Woman" [Kent Taylor] and one I married [Clark Gable]. I think "Batman" featured a woman who was a cat burglar...
Cesar: They'd create a new villain expressly for you.
Carole: (laughs) Me as a villain. Haven't done that since "The Arizona Kid" back in '30.
Cesar: Oh, Catwoman's already been cast -- she'll be on later this month -- and the lady who plays her just dropped in the room. She always asks me about you. Say hello to Julie.
(Romero hands the phone to Julie Newmar.)
Julie: Carole! Always great to talk to you!



Carole: You, that Amazonian beauty! Met you at a party a few years back and felt downright puny.
Julie: You are my comic inspiration, just as Rita Hayworth is for dance.
Carole: Thank you! Enjoyed your playing a robot on that "My Living Doll" with Bob Cummings. (Imitates Julie's robotic character voice.) "That does not compute."
Julie: It became a catchphrase of sorts.



Carole: So you think I'd like playing a comic baddie?
Julie: Yep, though I've already claimed the romantic angle with Adam West. Maybe they can get you involved with Neil Hamilton, who plays Commissioner Gordon.



Carole: Never worked with Neil -- hey, he's a bit older than I am -- though I remember all those movies he made with [D.W.] Griffith in the '20s. Anyhow, tell Bill I'd definitely be interested, and say hi to Ann [Rutherford, Dozier's wife] for me. You and Cesar take care.
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This "imaginary story" (listen, DC Comics did that all the time!) is our tribute to a new exhibit which opened at the Hollywood Museum this weekend. "Batman '66" honors the TV series, with all sorts of artifacts. (Oh, and much of the Jean Harlow exhibit from last year remains on hand, in case you missed it earlier.)



For more on the exhibit, which will run for a few months, visit http://thehollywoodmuseum.com/exhibit/holy-hollywood-history/.

And we'll toss this question out for you: If Carole Lombard had been around in 1966 (she would've been 57 when the series debuted that January), what sort of guest villainess might she have played? For inspiration, here's a list of the Gotham City TV baddies: http://mentalfloss.com/article/60213/visual-guide-all-37-villains-batman-tv-series.

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From Dyar, then Glassner, a long line of Lombard

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.12 at 21:30
Current mood: pleasedpleased


Nearly 5 1/2 years ago we ran that early Carole Lombard Paramount photo, p1202-25, as an example of the vast collection (more than 250,000 stills) of memorabilia expert extraordinaire Lester Glassner, who died in 2009 (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/529026.html).

Now, I've come across another Carole Paramount pic from Glassner, not a p1202 but lovely nonetheless. It was taken by Otto Dyar, who snapped an array of alluring Lombard images during the early '30s, and what I like about this is how he got Carole to pose in a straight, yet angular line. It looks dramatic:



There's not much info on the back, aside from a stamp marked "January 1933" at the Photoplay magazine library.



(That's evidently a reference to when it was received, since a check of Photoplay's January 1933 issue through the Media History Digital Library failed to uncover the picture.)

This stunning shot can be yours, if you decide to enter an online auction and win it. Bidding begins at $39.95, and bids close at 10:08 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. Additional information can be found at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-original-movie-GLAMOUR-photo-1930s/332516665355?hash=item4d6b89a80b:g:FWYAAOSwXoxaVtUs.

And somewhere, Mr. Glassner will thank you (http://beta.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-lester-glassner30-2009aug30-story.html).


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Herald-ing Carole by 'Numbers'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.01.11 at 16:57
Current mood: flirtyflirty


In retrospect, Carole Lombard couldn't have come up with a better way to debut at Paramount than the 1930 musical comedy "Safety in Numbers." After being dismissed at Pathe and doing a one-shot western at Fox, this Buddy Rogers vehicle played to Lombard's strengths at the time: sex appeal (especially in lingerie), some comic talent and simply not getting in the way of this featherweight frivolity.

Hired as a freelancer, Lombard -- hardly an unknown from her work at Pathe and Sennett -- drew praise for her performance from people at Paramount, so much so that she soon was signed to a long-term deal from top-tier studio, not far from the North Wilton Place residence she shared with her mother and brothers in the spring of 1930.

To promote "Safety in Numbers," Paramount created a somewhat unorthodox "herald," and it's now up for auction at eBay. The front was designed to resemble an address book:



The other side gives profiles of the four young women assigned to squiring this wealthy young man from the west around New York. (The premise was that acting as a group, none could individually take advantage of him.)



And at second from left is Lombard's leggy and lovely Pauline:



It's a nice little marketing tidbit, measuring 6.5" x 4.5" and in very good condition. It might be yours if you win the bidding, set to end at 7:44 a.m. (Eastern) next Thursday. Bids open at $9.99. Think you're interested? Then visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/SAFETY-IN-NUMBERS-1930-movie-herald-w-Charles-Buddy-Rogers-Carole-Lombard/253361424578?hash=item3afd8488c2:g:vOMAAOSwuIlaV1v2 to find out more.

And this isn't the only "Safety in Numbers" item available. Two 8" x 10" reprint pics are for sale, each for $4.99 -- this...



...and this:



Five of each are currently available, and if you buy two pics from the seller, "studio 785," you can get the third free. (As of this writing, there are 20 Lombard pics. Look for them at https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=studio785&hash=item5d79c52bfd%3Ag%3AhOwAAOSwQwZaV-ju&item=401474923517&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC2.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard.TRS0&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.)

The top photo is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/1930-CAROLE-LOMBARD-in-SAFETY-in-NUMBERS-Movie-Photo-167-x/152862606687?hash=item239752455f:g:kmsAAOSw1GlaV-kb; the bottom is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/1930-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JOSEPHINE-DUNN-in-SAFETY-in-NUMBERS-Movie-Photo-167-x/401474923517?hash=item5d79c52bfd:g:hOwAAOSwQwZaV-ju.


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