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Lombard's luminosity in perfect Harmony, part 3 (featuring Clark Gable)

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.26 at 11:55
Current mood: lovedloved


Hope you've enjoyed the past two days of Carole Lombard artwork from the imaginative mind of Sanniya Harmony. As you might expect from the administrator of the Facebook page "Ma & Pa (Clark Gable & Carole Lombard)," quite a few -- in fact, more than a dozen -- of them feature Lombard with second husband Gable.

Here they are...enjoy!















Harmony even created an Easter-themed work for last month:



Tomorrow, part 4 of this series, teaming Carole with some other actress icons.

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Lombard's luminosity in perfect Harmony, part 2

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.25 at 07:17
Current mood: creativecreative


Enjoy yesterday's Carole Lombard artwork from Sanniya Harmony? The good news is, we have more, such as the one above. Take a look:









More Lombard artwork tomorrow, this time with a special guest.

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Lombard's luminosity in perfect Harmony, part 1

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.24 at 20:58
Current mood: artisticartistic


Intriguing image of Carole Lombard, isn't it? This is one I've never come across before; I'm guessing it's from the early 1930s. And truth be told, I may never have known it existed were it not for a lady named Sanniya Harmony -- for she not only found it, but used it to create this:



The appropriately-named Harmony runs the "Ma & Pa" Facebook group, which has more than 1.200 members. She has literally created scores (at least 40) Lombard-related images, and over Memorial Day weekend I thought I'd share some of them with you. This, for example...



Now for several more samples of Sanniya's exquisite artwork:









More Lombard portraits tomorrow.

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Ads 'Made For Each Other,' and that's the Truth

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.23 at 19:39
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic


Carole Lombard and James Stewart made but one film together, 1939's "Made For Each Other." (They teamed multiple times on network radio.) So this movie is what Lombard and Stewart were known for -- in places such as Australia, for instance. And here's how it was advertised:



I don't have an Australian release date from the Internet Movie Database, but since Carole is top-billed, this probably is from 1939. (A year later, James had ascended to worldwide stardom, and by the time of Lombard's death in 1942, he would have been billed first.)

The themes don't appear very different than those on the other side of the Pacific -- "Can love keep its Promises?" They ran in the Sydney-based newspaper Truth. And they can be yours.

The largest of these five is about 13" x 8 1/2"; all are in fine+ condition. The asking price is $34.99 AU or $24.06 US. Interested? Then visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/MADE-FOR-EACH-OTHER-1939-Original-movie-advertising-James-Stewart-Carole-Lombard/202683118530?hash=item2f30daf3c2:g:QZQAAOSw~iRZm9B8.

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Some quotes from Carole, plus pics and a recipe

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.22 at 16:08
Current mood: cheerfulcheerful


Nearly a year ago -- June 1, 2018 to be exact -- I discovered a site called "Bizarre LA" (https://bizarrela.com/) dedicated to "photography and forgotten history" of Los Angeles. One entry, dated May 10, 2016, featured "photos and quotes" from Carole Lombard. (It's part of a series saluting notables with ties to the city; recent subjects include Dudley Moore, William Shatner and Sean Penn.) That June 1, I wrote a reply thanking it and promoting this site.

For some unknown reason, I didn't write an entry using some of the quotes, though several were new to me. (The photo at top is from that entry.) I'm rectifying that today. Here are some thoughts from the ever-active mind of Lombard:

“Actually, it’s pitiful that people take so little advantage of their chance for making themselves whatever they wish to be. There isn’t a man, woman or child who hasn’t the ability for being something really important, in one way or another. But being important doesn’t call for ice water running through your veins or for synthetic emotions, all neatly tabulated.” (Source: Helen Harrison, 1935)



“On the Sennett lot, the ‘gag’ is what diamonds are at Kimberley. For a week we all carried water pistols and sprayed each other on sight. One day I opened a door and was drenched with a bucket of whitewash. At another time, I sat down regally on an expensive chair and learned I also had sat regally on a couple of thumbtacks. Life was real on the Sennett campus.”



“Anything that you represent on the screen is something that is a part of the motion picture. It doesn’t pay to take it to yourself. I’ve often said to young actresses whom I noticed were affected by the adulation – ‘Don’t let these people impress you; you know it doesn’t mean a thing when they make a fuss over you. They’ll forget you tomorrow.’”



“The only reason I can give for my success, if I am successful, is that I have studied like the devil for the last three years. If I had studied half as hard when I was in school, I would have been an honor student. In my opinion, there is always something more that we can learn about in this business, not matter how long we have been in it. And whenever an actor gets to the point where he thinks he doesn’t have to study any longer, he’s sunk right there.” (Source: Dan Thomas, 1930)



“We dumb artists don’t know what will register on the microphone. But we’re in good company. None of those experts in there does, either.” (Source: Louise Williams, 1929)



“There are two kinds of charm. One is that attribute which causes people to like you in private life, and the other is the attractiveness that makes you a distinctive personality on the stage and screen. The one which endears you to your friends is based on genuine compassion and an instinctive desire to please, for no one can be consistently ingratiating without sincerity. The screen variety of charm, however, is principally a matter of acting and can be simulated by theatrical technique.” (Source: Reine Davies, 1935)



“The same holds true in acting as in every other profession. You can’t become a good newspaper reporter by covering only one beat. You can’t become a good mechanic by working on only one machine. It is diversity of experience which broadens one and develops latent possibilities.”



“Gloria Swanson was my ideal when I was a girl. I so much admired her turned-up nose that I spent hours pushing my own inconsequential nose up, trying to make it look cute like Gloria‘s. I thought her smile was so charming that I made myself look like a gargoyle going around showing my teeth as Gloria does. Then I found out that instead of making myself look like Gloria, I was completely spoiling what little beauty I did possess. I began to think of Carole Lombard instead of Gloria Swanson.” (Source: J. Eugene Chrisman, 1934)



“There are a few people here in Hollywood who will never be happy because being a star has become an obsession with them. Something in their emotional make-up demands adulation, the attention and the rah-rah that goes with being a star. I like it, but I know that I can be happy without it.” (Source: Jeanette Meehan, 1937)



“I hear ‘stars’ talking about ‘their pictures,’ ‘their publics,’ ‘their this’ and ‘their that.’ Okay – but it’s fatal to forget that the author, the dialogue-writer, the director and the cutter are just as important to the finished picture as the star. Whenever a star forgets that and begins to believe his own fan mail, he’s on his way out! Why anyone goes ‘high-hat’ in this business is and always has been a mystery to me.”

This entry (https://bizarrela.com/2016/05/carole-lombard-1935/) closed with Carole's recipe for cherry tarts (over the years, her recipes ranged from spinach soup to spareribs). Enjoy her dessert!

Carole Lombard‘s Cherry Tart
Ingredients:
2 cups cherries
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup scalded milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tbsp fine dry bread crumbs

Line medium pie plate with pastry; brush bottom with melted butter, then sprinkle it
with bread crumbs. Put in cherries; sprinkle them with cinnamon and half of the
sugar. Mix remaining sugar with cornstarch and salt. Add lightly beaten egg and
hot milk. Mix well. Pour over cherries and bake in hot oven (450 degrees) until
edges begin to brown, then reduce to moderate heat (350 degrees). Bake about 30
minutes or until custard is firm.

To make pastry, sift 1 1/2 cups flour with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cut in 1/2 cup
shortening with two knives until size of small peas. Add only enough ice-cold water
to hold mixture together. Roll 1/8 inch thick on lightly floured board. Line
pie-plate, folding over a narrow rim.


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'Sacred' water

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.21 at 19:57
Current mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable


Carole Lombard spent quite a bit of screen time in or around water in 1937. Here, she's at Lake Arrowhead with co-star Fred MacMurray; not long before that, Carole found herself in a far less placid aquatic environment for "Nothing Sacred." Want proof? Take a look at these two pics. First:



Then, after Lombard's watery sojourn, her Hazel Flagg character put on a firefighter's outfit once she escaped:



Each pic is a vintage 8" x 10" from Selznick International Pictures, and are from the late, renowned Collectors Book Store in Hollywood. Each is in excellent condition. Bids for each begin at $24.95, and both auctions close at 10:01 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday.

For the photo of Carole in the water, go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Camera-CANDID-Studio-Set-Vintage-NOTHING-SACRED-Selznick-Photo/333202396316?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3Dde7635af32a94b65998a6decbd1aac9a%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D303160568652%26itm%3D333202396316&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

The pic of her pulled out of the water is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Original-CANDID-Studio-Set-Vintage-NOTHING-SACRED-Selznick-Photo/392298997187?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3Dde7635af32a94b65998a6decbd1aac9a%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D303160568652%26itm%3D392298997187&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

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A fateful document

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.20 at 10:47
Current mood: depresseddepressed


This is Carole Lombard in late 1936, signing documents in Los Angeles officially adopting that name from her birth moniker of Jane Alice Peters. Little more than a year and a half later, she'd sign another document...one that would come into play much sooner than she may have thought.



It's information on two life insurance policies, which she signed on June 21, 1938 with the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Co. of downtown Los Angeles. This version changes her beneficiaries:



We've often read that Lombard said she never expected to grow old, but whether that's fact or mere conjecture and second-guessing is beyond something any of us can claim to know. Nevertheless, her two older brothers became beneficiaries following the January 1942 airplane accident that killed both Carole and her mother, Elizabeth Peters.



This document emanates a certain air of unease considering Lombard's ultimate fate, similar to when we see Carole near an airplane in 1935, when she briefly dabbled with flying lessons.



Nevertheless, it is available on eBay, although its $4,000 asking price ($193 monthly for 24 months) should discourage the ghoulish and limit interest to genuine collectors. (You can make an offer as well.) Find out more by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-DOCUMENT-SIGNED-06-21-1938/303160568652?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3Dc5fd071aac514ed584295b34ee90cdc3%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D293093011888%26itm%3D303160568652&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

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A screenwriter and his 'Extracurricular Activities'

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.19 at 08:19
Current mood: ecstaticecstatic


Screenwriters today will never be able to squire Carole Lombard around Hollywood as Robert Riskin did in 1935. Nearly none will equal him by winning an Academy Award for one of their scripts.

But while such lofty achievements are beyond their grasp, the current crop of screen scribes can make a decent living through writing screenplays. I was proven that yesterday by watching the work of a Facebook friend of mine who didn't start writing until his forties.



His name is Bob Saenz, and I currently envy him. Not so much for his acting credits (he has 22, mostly in bit parts), but for his work as a screenwriter. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) lists him with 13 -- many of them that Hallmark staple, holiday TV movies. However, his most recent released work is the antithesis of such frothy fare.



"Extracurricular Activities" is a dark teen comedy about a brilliant high school student who finds inventive, "accidental" ways to kill the high-pressured, hypocritical parents of his California classmates (think of "Kind Hearts And Coronets"). His principal foe is a police detective who notes his ties to the victim's children, then seeks to outwit him with disastrous (for him) results.




Neither Colin Ford, who plays the teen, nor co-star Timothy Simons are household names. But both have numerous acting credits, appearing in the likes of the CW's "Supernatural," HBO's "Veep" and other TV series and films. The rest of the cast has similarly extensive resumes.



The film had its southern California premiere this weekend at the Monica Film Center in downtown Santa Monica (that's Saenz at left with director Jay Lowi at opening night Friday). It culminated a longtime dream, since this was the second script he'd written, some 20 years ago (it was unsuccessfully optioned eight times until 2017). He refers to it as a good "calling card" to producers, leading to his association with 14 projects -- all of them, like this one, with budgets below $5 million.

"Big-budget spec sales just aren't happening," Saenz said in a recent interview (https://www.scriptmag.com/features/career-features/interview-bob-saenz-screenwriter-of-extracurricular-activities-discusses-breaking-in-rewriting-for-hire-and-much-more?fbclid=IwAR0rmYha2vvCwfKLF7GyppQfGEggPjS_kWybcqj-qsf8mxq5Y8LaqH42GEo#.XOAv5CjJLH8.facebook) "They don't sell because there are only about six entities that can buy one and make it, and those six entities aren't buying spec scripts."

However, low-budget genre fare, whether it be romantic comedy, thriller or horror, can be sold and made -- if the script is really good and "something that can be [produced] in that price point," he added. If A-list actors show interest, and many enjoy appearing in indie fare, then the budgets can increase.

To boost his or her chances, a writer needs to think like a producer and make a project cost-effective...the industry isn't known as "show business" for nothing. "Just write art for a budget," Saenz said -- and he knows budgets from his many years as a furniture wholesaler, when he was an actor and not a writer. (Below is Bob from his days on the Don Johnson police series "Nash Bridges"; Saenz refers to his work as being a "glorified extra.")



And such work pays off; Saenz tweeted Saturday he had just received a "Surprise call. Surprise opportunity. ... Man, I will say this again, write one great script and doors will open. You can do this. It's just work."

Something I hope to achieve as I look to keep my potential budgets reasonable. Despite the obvious special effects that would be required, a project such as my rom-com "Stand Tall!" could be made for $5 million.



For more on "Extracurricular Activities" -- which will run in Santa Monica through Thursday -- visit https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6012446/ and https://twitter.com/hashtag/ExtracurricularActivitiesMovie?src=hash. Read a review and see the trailer at https://elementsofmadness.com/2019/05/13/extracurricular-activities/.

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Pictured at an exhibition: Carole meets Thelma...in San Diego

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.18 at 09:08
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic


This isn't the first time we've run this rare photo of ill-fated comedic legends Carole Lombard and Thelma Todd, but now we have some new information about it.

First, the description: Lombard, standing, and dancer-actor-future U.S. senator George Murphy greet Todd and her mother who are in a sedan chair. The eBay seller initially believed this picture was shot in Santa Monica, where vehicles of this type were then not uncommon, but it's since been learned it was taken down the coast at Balboa Park in San Diego in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exhibition. (Thelma was on its planning committee.)



Now about the exhibition, shown on a commemorative map above: It was a semi-revival of a successful 1915-16 event held at Balboa Park, using many of its buildings that were still standing in addition to an array of new ones. Like the rest of the U.S., San Diego was working its way out of the Depression, and it was believed this quasi-world's fair (21 nations participated) would boost the city, just as the Century of Progress exhibition did for Chicago in 1933-1934. (Many Chicago exhibitors headed west for the event.)

Here's an aerial view of Balboa Park during the exhibition; in the foreground is the Ford Building, now home to the San Diego Air & Space Museum:




We've written about the exhibition before, as Lombard (in puppet form!) was part of a Hollywood-themed display (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/684009.html). But the pic is the first indication her flesh-and-blood self attended the event -- not really a surprise, as Carole had regularly crossed the border into Mexico while married to William Powell.

The exhibition opened May 29 and closed Nov. 11, and was a rousing success, so much so that it was held over (with some changes in exhibits) for 1936. By then, Todd was gone, victim of a mysterious death in December 1935.



More than 80 photos of the event are at https://www.sandiego.gov/digitalarchives/historical-photos/1935-expo.

Back to the picture at top: It measures 8" x 10" and bids for it begin at $24.95, with the auction set to close at 2:16 p.m. (Eastern) May 27 (Memorial Day in the U.S.). If this obscure photo appeals to you, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/THELMA-TODD-CAROLE-LOMBARD-vintage-1935-photo-at-the-San-Diego-Exposition/372672092860?hash=item56c4fcdabc:g:h-IAAOSwZ01c3vkA for additional info.

To close, four minutes of promotional footage from Ford Motor Company about the exhibition, a snapshot of San Diego past:


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Only hours to go!

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.17 at 15:46
Current mood: creativecreative


Why is Carole Lombard shown with publicity maven Russell Birdwell and a typewriter? As a reminder that there's not much time left to help me in the inaugural Rom Com Fest screenwriting competition. This is the final day.



My romantic comedy feature scripts, "Fugitive Sweetheart"...



...and "Stand Tall!"...



...need your upvote today. Here's how to help me:



The winning script gets a table read with professional actors June 22. Please help.


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Cheers to a 'Virtue'-ous Carole, for a 'Brief Moment'

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.16 at 08:53
Current mood: artisticartistic


I've watched "Virtue" several times, but I don't recall seeing Carole Lombard's reformed streetwalker character Mae imbibing, as she does here. However, we know the photo is associated with that film, probably for promotional purposes, for several reasons:
* There's a Columbia ID in the lower left corner.
* Lombard's at her blondest, tagging this pic from 1932 when "Virtue" -- her first for Harry Cohn's studio -- was made.
* She's wearing the celebrated star sapphire ring given her by then-husband William Powell.
* It's listed on the back, albeit in handwriting.



A wonderfully seductive image, isn't it?

The photo is 8" x 10" with borders trimmed, listed in good+ condition (used, considerable wear, several flaws -- something to be expected from an original pic some 87 years old).

It's up for auction at eBay; one bid has been made, for $229.95. Bidding's set to end at 10:09 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. Can you beat that bid? If so, then try your hand by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/EXQUISITE-PORTRAIT-OF-SEXY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-DRINKING-ALCOHOL-1932-VIRTUE/223513400104?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D1b6025530a074c3b95a5e78ad4bff699%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D223513400104%26itm%3D223513400104&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

If that's out of your league, but you'd still love to possess a vintage shot from Carole's Columbia tenure, the same seller invites you to investigate this, from her 1933 film "Brief Moment":



Here Lombard portrays a nightclub singer (her vocalizing is dubbed, as it would be on film until 1937's "Swing High, Swing Low"). This image at one time was the property of Culver Pictures:



It's also 8" x 10", in good condition, but bidding on the item begins at a mere $39.99. The auction ends at 10:24 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. If this is more your speed, check it out at https://www.ebay.com/itm/SEXY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-AS-A-NIGHTCLUB-SINGER-1932-BRIEF-MOMENT-DIED-TOO-YOUNG/223513400103?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D1b6025530a074c3b95a5e78ad4bff699%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D223513400104%26itm%3D223513400103&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

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Contract-ing Carole for '39

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.15 at 18:36
Current mood: busybusy


For Carole Lombard, 1939 meant much more than marrying Clark Gable. Her film career, in flux after the critical and popular drubbing "Fools For Scandal" received in the spring of 1938, now took off in a different, dramatic direction. Proof of that can be found in two contracts she signed with a new studio, RKO.

First, here's one from June 6:




Amendments to a typical contract of the time for her upcoming drama "Vigil In The Night" (which she'd agreed to in April), sent to agent Myron Selznick's office...and now with Lombard's signature. Given a star of her stature, however, there were some special, specific conditions.



The contract, two 8.5" x 11" pages, had been marketed for $2,600, but now it's whittled down to $2,080 (or $100 for 24 months)...or you can make an offer. Learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CONTRACT-SIGNED-06-06-1939/283485067766?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D33ad22e8485b49e4b456418bf5807580%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D283485067766%26itm%3D283485067766&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

Nearly two months later. on Aug. 4, conditions had changed. A midsummer illness had sidelined Lombard, forcing a delay in production on "Vigil." This altered contract was but one page long, and note how Carole signed it:




This is also 20% off, but its discount price is $1,920. (Did omitting her last name knock it down $160?) If you're interested in this item, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CONTRACT-SIGNED-08-04-1939/372670217343?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D33ad22e8485b49e4b456418bf5807580%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D283485067766%26itm%3D372670217343&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

Yes, a lot was going on for Lombard in 1939, some of which may have annoyed her.


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Three days left to help a scribe

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.14 at 11:11
Current mood: excitedexcited


My writing self (shown via this Carole Lombard pic) re-emerges today, as I ask your help in the inaugural Rom Com Fest's screenplay competition.



A celebration of the genre that Lombard, William Powell, Myrna Loy, Cary Grant and so many others helped establish in the Golden Age -- one that remains popular with filmgoers -- next month's event not only will show rom-coms of the distant ("His Girl Friday") and more recent ("10 Things I Hate About You") past, but new films continuing the tradition. As part of the proceedings, 71 scripts are up for competition, with the winner to get a table read June 22.

The winning screenplay will be announced June 1, chosen by a panel from a list of 10 finalists selected by the public. I have two of the 71 entered -- "Stand Tall!", a sweet-natured homage to the sci-fi subgenre of "giant woman" movies...



...and "Fugitive Sweetheart," which blends romance, humor and a thrilling chase through the heartland:



Here's how you can help me:



You're under no further obligation, and as stated above, it's free. Set up an account at http://www.scriptd.com. For more on the event, including links to schedule and ticket information, visit https://www.romcomfest.com/

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Remembering Doris Day

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.13 at 20:18
Current mood: contemplativecontemplative


I've never read anything saying Doris Day was a Carole Lombard fan in her youth, but it wouldn't surprise me if she had been. They shared many qualities: An innate sunniness, a brilliant comedic sensibility, appeal to both genders, love for animals.

Day, who died this morning at 97 of pneumonia, was a genuine entertainment legend. She rose in prominence as a singer in the 1940s, first with Les Brown & His Band Of Renown ("Sentimental Journey," "My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time"), then on her own ("It's Magic," "Again").

Hollywood beckoned, and former tap dancer Day (born Doris von Kapplehoff) made the transition to the big screen in a big way with "Romance On The High Seas" in 1948. She made a series of hit musicals for Warners, starred in several meatier roles (including "Love Me Or Leave Me" with James Cagney and Alfred Hitchcock's own remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" with James Stewart), then found her biggest box-office success from 1959 to 1964 with a series of romantic comedies.



These films also defined her persona, for both good and ill. In them, Day normally played a career woman living on her own, smart and resourceful, with a genuine sex appeal. The romantic touch-and-go with the likes of Rock Hudson, James Garner or Cary Grant led some to believe her characters were virginal...something she wasn't in real life. She retreated from public view in the 1980s, focusing on her animal activism.

Two Facebook friends of mine who knew or met her provided remembrances today.

Alison Martino, daughter of pop singer/actor Al Martino, lived a block from Day and recalls regularly seeing her ride her bicycle around their Beverly Hills neighborhood in the 1970s. "I was sorry she moved away because a Doris Day sighting always made my day," Martino wrote.



Mamie Van Doren was a supporting player in "Teacher's Pet," Day's 1958 vehicle with Clark Gable, and wrote her passing "left me helpless with grief. ... The loss of beautiful Doris leaves a deep void." Here they are at the "Teacher's Pet" premiere:



Thank you Doris, with love.

Day's acting success obscured her very genuine talent as a singer. This is my favorite song of hers, one I've described in the past as being both maternal and sexy. Enjoy her version of the standard "Pretty Baby":


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For a 'Harlow' costume party, why not dress like Lombard?

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.12 at 18:15
Current mood: weirdweird


Not much of a photo to be sure, but when you want a joint image of Carole Lombard and Jean Harlow, you don't have much choice. From left are Walter Winchell, Harlow, Russ Columbo, Lombard and Jimmy Fidler in a 1934 photo from the July 1935 issue of Radio Mirror (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/628632.html).

What's the point of this? About three decades after this pic was published, Lombard and Harlow "intersected." In 1965, not one, but two biopics titled "Harlow" were released, starring Carroll Baker (top) and Carol Lynley as the blonde bombshell.




We mentioned these films at https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/839265.html.

The Baker version was more highly budgeted and its producers staged a period costume party celebrating classic Hollywood. This photo is an artifact.




Susan Oliver (1932-1990) was a popular blonde actress of the '60s whose numerous TV and film credits included "Peyton Place," "Wagon Train" and "Route 66." Oliver was the female lead in the unbought 1964 "Star Trek" pilot. She was a trained aviatrix a la Ruth Chatterton, became a TV director in the 1980s and died of lung cancer following years of heavy smoking.



Does she resemble Lombard in the image above? Sort of, in a mid-sixties manner (think Natalie Wood trying to appear Hollywood 1930s in "Inside Daisy Clover"). This pic, which measures 4.5" x 7", is available via eBay, selling for $30.

Interested? Then visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/1965-Original-Photo-Susan-Oliver-dressed-as-Carole-Lombard-at-Costume-Party/192911559609?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3Dca29a871005d4a468c813cadad767fa7%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D192911559609%26itm%3D192911559609&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.


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All hail Carole, Hoosier royalty!

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.11 at 16:08
Current mood: amusedamused


Carole Lombard appears rather regal in this Paramount publicity still for "The Princess Comes Across," doesn't she? So what if her character isn't really Swedish royalty at all but showgirl Wanda Nash from Brooklyn, trying to parlay her ruse into a Hollywood contract while enabling Lombard to impersonate an ersatz Garbo?

Royalty's been in the news this week, as UK Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle welcomed a son into the fold on Monday, which they named Archie. (A tribute to Cary Grant aka Archibald Leach, perhaps?) Anyway, it led Justin L. Mack of the Indianapolis Star to conjecture that if Indiana were a kingdom, what might one of its royal sons or daughters be named?

By now, you should be able to guess where this is going. Five boys' and five girls' names were cited, and one of those for females was...



...Carole! As Mack wrote, "Lombard is a Fort Wayne native who would go on to become a Hollywood icon, and the highest-paid star in Tinseltown in the late 1930s. At age 33, a plane crash cut her life tragically short. Princess Carole [could] carry her legacy into a new generation."

If Indiana royal Carole had younger sisters, they could be named Shelley (Long) and Jenna (Fischer), saluting fellow Fort Wayne natives who found comedic success on TV ("Cheers" and "The Office," respectively).

Some of you may think, "But isn't Carole's actual birth name Jane Alice Peters?" Well, that's covered too...at least the Jane part. It's for Indianapolis native Jane Pauley, current host of "CBS Sunday Morning" who gained renown on the "Today" show.



The other three Hoosier princess names:

* C.J., for Madam C.J. Walker, the first black, self-made female millionaire.
* Amelia, for aviatrix and Purdue alumna Amelia Earhart.
* Victory. Huh?



It's for Lady Victory, the statue atop the Soldiers & Sailors Monument, an Indy icon.

Now for prince monikers.

* Benjamin or Harrison, for 23rd president Benjamin Harrison.
* Ray, for Ray Harroun, winner of the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911.
* Kurt, for fabled author and Indy native Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
* James, for Crawfordsville native and pro wrestling star James "The Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig. (Mack notes the name could also apply to poet James Whitcomb Riley or actor James Dean.)
* Kenneth, for R & B singer/songwriter/producer Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.

To me, there's a notable absence from the male list, one whom almost certainly would've been there five years ago...



...David, for Ball State's most famed alum, David Letterman.

Look over the list at https://www.indystar.com/story/entertainment/2019/05/08/what-indiana-could-name-its-own-royal-hoosier-baby/1139822001/.

Speaking of royalty, an ultra-rare herald from "The Princess Comes Across" has surfaced on eBay:




It measures 6" x 9" (the back page is left blank for local theaters to use) in "very nice" condition. You can buy it straight up for $149.99 or make an offer. Learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORG-HERALD-PRINCESS-COMES-ACROSS-FRED-MACMURRAY-1936/382942990262?hash=item59292e4fb6:g:~ZkAAOSwGNBcy5Jd.

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Showing off the 'Show Folks'

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.10 at 08:58
Current mood: excitedexcited


Now sure how I overlooked this Carole Lombard rarity...but I uncovered it just in time. This photo features Carole with the rest of the cast of the 1928 Pathe backstager "Show Folks" (she's seated at lower right, revealing some leg).



The 7" x 9" pic, which I've never seen before, has an opening bid of $250 -- and you don't have much time to bid for it. The auction closes at 3:55 a.m. (Eastern) Saturday. Hurry!

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A hair-raising, er, hair-pulling picture

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.09 at 05:55
Current mood: distresseddistressed


For much of "True Confession," the relationship between Carole Lombard's Helen Bartlett and co-star Fred MacMurray's attorney husband Ken Bartlett is pretty mellow. But when pathological liar Helen stretches the truth a bit, things can get, well, fairly hairy...



Any doubting Thomases should examine the snipe on the back:



Need it a bit larger? Okay:



We've noted this pic in the past, but collectors should note it's resurfaced on eBay. It's listed in "very good" condition (fairly nice shape, shows some wear, has a few to several flaws) and measures 8" x 10".

Bids on this item open at $129.95, with the auction set to close at 10:18 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. If interested, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/GREAT-PHOTO-OF-CAROLE-LOMBARD-FRED-MacMURRAY-PULLING-EACH-OTHERS-HAIR-1937/223508863251?hash=item340a2a9913:g:UzYAAMXQdx5RF-Vl.



Finally, a reminder that my favorite sitcom, "Mom," concludes its sixth season tonight at 9/8c on CBS. (Earlier this year, it was renewed for two more seasons.) This highly regarded series about a mother and daughter in recovery and the AA group they belong to has been a critical favorite since it began in the fall of 2013; while not a huge hit, its audience is nonetheless fairly large and very loyal.

The five actresses who comprise the support group -- Anna Faris (Christy), Allison Janney (Bonnie), Mimi Kennedy (Marjorie), Jaime Pressly (Jill) and Beth Hall (Wendy) -- recently had some fun disclosing some personal secrets in playing "never have I ever" on the show's Facebook site. Hear their responses, then watch the episode tonight, as Christy celebrates another year of sobriety with a challenge or two along the way and Bonnie prepares to tie the knot with longtime beau Adam (William Fichtner)...but will she? Find out.


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The Rom Com Fest lowdown: Schedule, ticket info and more

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.08 at 01:11
Current mood: optimisticoptimistic


Good news for those of us who get a kick out of romantic comedy, just as Carole Lombard and John Barrymore did in "Twentieth Century" 85 years ago: Next month in Los Angeles, the genre will be celebrated with the inaugural Rom Com Fest, specifically from June 20-23.



Variety even publicized it yesterday (https://variety.com/2019/film/news/rom-com-fest-lineup-10-things-i-hate-about-you-never-been-kissed-1203208517/).

We've promoted the event quite a bit here, in part because my rom-com screenplays "Stand Tall!" and "Fugitive Sweetheart" are among the candidates in the screenwriting competition, and you can vote for them through May 17 (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/995672.html). Now, more information has been released about it, including a schedule of films and guests as well as how to buy tickets. The movie venue is the Downtown Independent Theater, 251 South Main Street.




Old-school rom-coms will be saluted with a film that like "Twentieth Century" was directed by Howard Hawks -- 1940's "His Girl Friday," featuring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell and lots of rapid-fire dialogue. It runs at 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, and will be followed by a discussion on the future of rom-coms with the Los Angeles Women's Film Collective.



Films whose anniversaries will be celebrated include "Bride Wars" (above with Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, 2009) at 5 p.m. June 21, and a pair from 1999, "Never Been Kissed" (1:30 p.m., June 22) and "10 Things I Hate About You" (7 p.m., June 23). A Q & A for the latter film includes renowned screenwriters Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith (left) and Karen McCullah.



Newer rom-coms -- both features and shorts -- also will be shown.

You can purchase all-access badges and ticket packages at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rom-com-fest-badges-ticket-packs-tickets-55872069865. The complete schedule can be found at https://www.romcomfest.com/schedule.

Oh, and please remember to vote in the screenwriting competition I noted earlier. The winning script will have a table read at 4:15 p.m. June 22, and I'd love for it to be my...



...or perhaps...


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Tonight, meet cute on TCM

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.07 at 09:47
Current mood: chipperchipper


Many Carole Lombard fans and readers of Carole & Co. are fans of Turner Classic Movies as well, so there's a good chance you probably know what'll be on the channel later today. In case you don't, though, it's a tribute to that staple of romantic comedies, the "meet cute."

The term refers to a distinctive way the leads in a rom-com first meet, as shown above in "My Man Godfrey" when dizzy heiress Irene Bullock (Lombard) comes across hobo Godfrey (William Powell) at the city dump, as she searches for a "forgotten man" to take to a fancy hotel as a prize in a scavenger hunt. Sometimes they hit it off at the start; just as often, they clash as opposites (which Irene and Godfrey apparently are) and may not get along, yet there's a spark that will lead to romance, though neither knows it at the time.

Many great comedies employ this premise, and tonight TCM will show a few. Here they are (all times Eastern):



* 8 p.m. -- "It Happened One Night" (1934). This highly influential comedy from Frank Capra came out of nowhere to dominate the Academy Awards and inaugurate the screwball genre. Its pivotal setup is a meet-cute, as rebellious heiress Ellie Andrews (Claudette Colbert) escapes home and winds up on an overnight long-distance bus with down-on-his-luck reporter Peter Warne (Clark Gable, revealing comedy chops few realized he had at the time), who realizes he's got the scoop of a lifetime. This film never fails to please, no matter how often you see it.



* 10 p.m. -- "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife" (1938). Colbert returns, this time with Gary Cooper and director Ernst Lubitsch, in this marital farce where the leads meet while buying pajamas -- only he needs only the top half and she only the bottom half (?). Lubitsch tries his hand at screwball with mixed success, but it has its moments.



* 11:45 p.m. -- "My Man Godfrey" (1936). To my mind the greatest screwball of them all, with a heart and soul so many others in the genre lack, in addition to an underlying message that still holds true some 83 years after its release. But in recent years, much of its renown has been stolen by another screwball gem...



... * 1:30 a.m. -- "Bringing Up Baby" (1938). A well-made film to be sure, but in pure name recognition, it blows its screwball rivals out of the water. Why? I'm guessing the stars have something to do with it -- Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn are far better remembered today than Powell (who wasn't fully appreciated until after his death) and Lombard (whose early departure took her out of the conversation). Switch the leads, and "Godfrey" would be the one more well-known.

Two more meet-cutes follow: "Rafter Romance" (1933) at 3:30 with Ginger Rogers and Norman Foster, and "Petticoat Fever" (1936) at 5 a.m. with Myrna Loy and Robert Montgomery (set in Alaska).

So watch them tonight and judge for yourself as the sparks of romance fly.



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She's back, and single!

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.06 at 13:08
Current mood: energeticenergetic


When this photo of Carole Lombard was taken on the steps of the Carson City (Nev.) courthouse on the morning of Aug. 18, 1933, she was technically married to fellow actor William Powell. That would change come afternoon when she was granted a divorce after two-plus years of marriage.

Having established 60 days' Nevada residency in order to secure a divorce, Lombard immediately left the Silver State to return to Los Angeles and life as a film star. Awaiting the new divorcee was her mother, Elizabeth Peters.

A photo of Carole's "homecoming," with him in the same outfit she wore in Carson City, now is available at eBay.



The pilot who brought Lombard back is noted aviator Roscoe Turner. A close-up of the trio:



More information is on the back. Here it is in full, and in two close-ups:





The photo is 7" x 9" and in very good condition, apparently previously owned by a collector who stored his photos in safe places.

Bids open at $19.99; the auction closes at 10:09 a.m. (Eastern) Saturday. You can place a bid or learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-7X9-PHOTO-DATED-1933-FLIGHT-TO-L-A-AFTER-DIVORCE-WILLIAM-POWELL/202669966450?hash=item2f30124472:g:mLoAAOSw0~RczZrD.

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Some pics for a Sunday

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.05 at 12:57
Current mood: confusedconfused


On this Cinco de Mayo, a few Carole Lombard pics for you. First, the one above, said to be from 1937. I know nothing about why Carole is shown with a camera; does anyone know more?

Next, this from the Picture Show Annual of 1933 (http://www.archive.org/stream/pictureshowannua00amal_6#mode/1up), though it's from her 1931 film "I Take This Woman" with Gary Cooper. Dig the unreleased poem at the bottom:



Finally, this Lombard pic, although I'm not aware of its source:



Have a fun day, everybody.

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'Screen Guide,' February 1942: A 'hermit wife' in her final days

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.04 at 11:11
Current mood: curiouscurious


This photo of Carole Lombard with servicemen was taken at the Salt Lake City rail station on Jan. 13, 1942, during a stopover on her journey to Chicago aboard the City of Los Angeles train. If she passed by the newsstand, she may have seen this magazine with good friend Myrna Loy on the cover (sans watermark, of course):



It's the February 1942 issue of Screen Guide, which by the 13th may have hit newsstands. If Lombard didn't glimpse it in Salt Lake, perhaps she did in Chicago, or in Indianapolis later that week before her death in a plane crash that Friday, the 16th. And the issue has a Carole connection.



The piece, headlined "Gable's 'Hermit Wife,'" details how Clark and Carole's seclusion confounded Hollywood society. Beyond that, I don't know much more, since back issues of Screen Guide haven't been uploaded to the Internet. But from this, we see that some stills from her upcoming "To Be Or Not To Be" had been sent to fan magazines. (Look on the left-hand page.)

Other items from the issue include stunning color illustrations of Betty Grable...



...Ann Rutherford...



...and Cary Grant:



There's a story on how Marlene Dietrich makes her love scenes seem so convincing...



...and a Judy Garland piece as well:



The magazine, in "like new" condition with minimal wear, is up for auction at eBay. Bids begin at $14.99, but you don't have much time to bid -- the auction closes at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday.

Learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/SCREEN-GUIDE-2-42-MYRNA-LOY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ANN-RUTHERFORD-MARLENE-DIETRICH-VFN/372661098040?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D0656fb07b54045e7a00a4af947d3b14e%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D372661098040%26itm%3D372661098040&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

Oh, and if you win the issue, please let us see that Lombard story in full. It appears fascinating.

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'Both celebrities.' But who's he?

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.03 at 07:53
Current mood: accomplishedaccomplished


Carole Lombard, we'd recognize anywhere, even with that marcelled hairstyle tying the photo to the early 1930s. But who's the man she's with? Fortunately, this is a Paramount publicity photo with a snipe, so we have an answer on the back:



Can't read it? A closeup:



Note the absence of a reference to the Lombard-William Powell romance which would culminate in a wedding in late June of 1931. Their love affair either hadn't blossomed yet -- the pic may be from late 1930 or early '31 -- or the studio was reluctant to publicize such news.

So, who was Ralph de Palma? If you're into auto racing history, you'll know the name. The native of Italy (whose family emigrated to the U.S. in 1893) won more than 2,000 races during his career, most notably the 1915 Indianapolis 500, an event Hoosier native Carole would have known about. Here he is at the 1914 French Grand Prix:



de Palma retired from racing in 1936 and died in South Pasadena 20 years later.

As for the photo itself, I'm guessing it was trimmed since its proportions are an unusual 7" x 7.5". It's an original. You can buy it straight up for $129.99, or make an offer. If interested, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Actress-Original-Photo-7-x-7-5/153473093293?hash=item23bbb58ead:g:1qUAAOSw3s5cy1~r.

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Happy 80th, Union Station!

Posted by vp19 on 2019.05.02 at 08:19
Current mood: ecstaticecstatic


Carole Lombard and Clark Gable (shown here in December 1940 boarding an eastbound train as they traveled to Washington and later Baltimore) were no stranger to rail travel; each regularly used it for transcontinental trips.

But at the time of their marriage in late March 1939, if they or other Angelenos wanted to go east, their journey would have to begin at one of two small, aging downtown terminals...one serving the Santa Fe, the other the Union Pacific and Southern Pacific. (The photo above was shot in Pasadena, a preferred suburban rail site not far from the Gables' ranch in Encino.)

But on May 3, 1939, Los Angeles entered the future in a big way when Union Station -- the last of America's classic train stations -- opened its doors.



It's an anniversary worth celebrating, and tomorrow and Saturday LA is doing just that.

From 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, there will be musical events, model trains and a historic photo display. For you foodies, several of the station's eateries will have custom 80th anniversary menu items.

Saturday's festivities last from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., with more live music (on both the South Patio and in the Historic Ticketing Hall, the latter now a regular site for high school proms each spring), a family fun zone and art and architecture tours. (Art? Might this mural which includes Lombard at right, part of the newer Metro Rail station on the Vignes Street side, be included?)



Union Station's heritage unites generations of Angelenos. While there have been many changes, it exudes much the same ambiance riders and visitors thrilled to eight decades ago.




Here's an arrivals board from May of '39, along with a restored replica now in the main waiting room:




For more on the celebration, visit https://thesource.metro.net/2019/04/24/union-station-is-turning-80-celebrate-with-us-on-may-3-and-4/.

And while Lombard may have boarded her 1940 trip in Pasadena, she set foot in Union Station at least once. On Jan. 12, she left the terminal (appropriately on the City of Los Angeles train), headed to Chicago for training prior to her war bond rally in Indianapolis. (She's shown before boarding with Howard D. Mills, a regional defense savings official.) Carole would never return to the city she had called home since 1915.



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