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Netflix, leading the rom-com revival?

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.18 at 16:56
Current mood: ecstaticecstatic

If Carole Lombard and Robert Montgomery were to magically reappear today (hey, perhaps Bob's daughter Elizabeth could do some Samantha-style conjuring!) and they sought to make another romantic comedy a la "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," you might want to point them in the direction of Albuquerque.

The New Mexico capital's ABQ Studios, opened 11 years ago, was recently purchased by Netflix as a production hub (https://variety.com/2018/digital/news/netflix-albuquerque-studios-deal-terms-30-million-1202981274/), complementing studio space it has in Hollywood (near the old Warners studios on Sunset Boulevard, the longtime home of pioneer TV station KTLA). It's no stranger to films or TV; recent fare shot there includes "Breaking Bad," its semi-prequel "Better Call Saul" and "Godless."

But in recent months, the streaming colossus has branched out into other genres, including one Lombard would be close to -- romantic comedy (https://www.avclub.com/why-did-millions-of-netflix-subscribers-watch-rom-coms-1829325035). In June, Netflix began running a group of nine original features it called the "Summer of Love," rom-coms a bit more adventurous than their equivalents would be on Lifetime or the Hallmark Channel. They included the well-received "Set It Up," featuring a more ethnically inclusive cast than most recent film or cable rom-coms:

According to an earnings report, more than 80 million subscribers (Netflix's U.S. subscription base is 118 million) viewed at least one of the "Summer of Love" films, proving the rom-com -- left for dead by analysts a few years ago -- may be on its way back after a decade in the doldrums. (The three-week run of "Crazy Rich Asians" atop the American box office also is proof a good romantic comedy can deliver an audience.)

A Netflix official said, "We noticed that people have watched a lot and enjoyed a lot of romances and rom-coms over the years, and we just noticed also that people were not making them, that they were not in the multiplex...we thought that it would be a good idea to jump into that world."

This screenwriter -- with two completed romantic comedies under his belt -- looks forward to more explorations of that world, featuring our generation's equivalents of Lombard and Myrna Loy.

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'Anarchy' on the Blu-ray

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.17 at 15:41
Current mood: happyhappy

It's been a terrific autumn for Carole Lombard video releases. "Nothing Sacred" and "Made For Each Other," her two Selznick-International films which for years languished in public domain hell, were revived in Blu-ray form (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/938111.html). So too was Lombard's screwball masterpiece "My Man Godfrey," as the Criterion Collection -- which it first issued in mid-2001 -- brought it back in a Blu-ray edition loaded with new features (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/937947.html).

Video collectors are giving hearty thumbs up to the latest "Godfrey"...and that includes the site "ScreenAnarchy":

Jim Tudor's glowing review (https://screenanarchy.com/2018/10/blu-ray-review-my-man-godfrey-gets-spruced-up-by-criterion.html) is worth checking out, but I thought I'd give you some highlights:

"Directed with a brilliant crackle and a fairly deceptively sharp social edge by Gregory La Cava, an oft-overlooked titan of this siche, 'My Man Godfrey' (1936) retains its standing as one of the absolute greatest screwball comedies ever made for a host of good reasons."

Tudor cites the script, which goes for laughs without forgetting to comment on a society ever so slowly shaking its way out of the Depression:

"One needn't but a student of Depression-era anthropology nor an 'eat the rich' advocate to agree with Godfrey when he addresses the bustling scavenger hunt crowd of formal-wearing socialites as 'empty-headed nitwits.'"

The cast is superb, Tudor adds, though he specifically cites Carole as the movie's heart and soul:

"Lombard is in top form here, despite the role of Irene [Bullock] being more of a glorified supporting part. Her Irene is both smart enough and scattered enough to sell whatever the heck she does, or we're told she's already done. (Rode a horse into the family library, and left it there? Just another wild night on the town!")

He also praises her co-star and ex-husband:

"And then there's William Powell. The 'Thin Man' star, it must be said, has a hard time not being compellingly erudite, dashing, and at least five steps ahead of absolutely everyone else. A matinee idol far too smart for today's multiplexes, Powell is a man who embodies every facet of his time."

Indeed. George Clooney may often be compared to Cary Grant, but is there any actor today whom even remotely conjures up thoughts of Powell?

Powell's 1936 is arguably the greatest calendar year any film actor has ever had. "Godfrey" and "Libeled Lady" (check out his brilliant fishing scene) are two of the top comedies of the '30s; "The Great Ziegfeld" may seem a bit bloated by today's standards, but won the Academy Award for Best Picture; "After The Thin Man" was the second in the suave Nick and Nora married murder mystery series with favored co-star Myrna Loy; and the least of Powell's quintet of movies, "The Ex-Mrs. Bradford," teams him effectively with Jean Arthur.

While Tudor lauds Criterion's 2001 "Godfrey" DVD for rescuing it from what he calls the "public domain ash heap," the new Blu-ray is a quantum leap forward:

"Finally, at long last, their gleaming limousine has arrived again for 'Godfrey,' ready to whisk it once more into our individual nuthouses. The Blu-ray, with its astonishingly good picture and sound, is worth the wait."

He does wonder why film historian Bob Gilpin's audio commentary track from 2001 wasn't part of the new version, but praises the other extras, including an essay from my Facebook friend Farran Smith Nehme. He also likes the packaging, particularly the artwork.

He concludes with:

"Prosperity may or may not be around the corner, but thanks to Criterion, a definitive keeper edition of 'My Man Godfrey' can be at least that close. Be sure to pick up this treasure worth scavenging."

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A Mare (Island) in the Navy

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.16 at 15:45
Current mood: busybusy

"From Hell To Heaven," issued in early 1933, isn't among Carole Lombard's better-remembered films -- it's essentially the "Grand Hotel" formula transferred to a resort on the eve of a major thoroughbred race -- but like many of her movies, it hung around for a while. In fact, it played that June at a noted U.S. military installation.

This is Mare Island Naval Shipyard in 1930. Located in Vallejo, Calif., northeast of San Francisco, (The so-called island was named for the prized white mare of Mexican commandant Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, which was feared lost in a squall that led to a wreckage. It turned out she had swam ashore to the peninsula.) A naval shipyard was established soon after California gained statehood, and existed for more than a century.

So what's this have to do with Lombard? Anyone who's served in the military knows those who are stationed need entertainment -- and the armed services do just that, including the use of movie theaters. (When my family visited my older sister and her husband at Fort Bragg, N.C., in July 1966, my parents went to see "Inside Daisy Clover" at the base theater.)

It turns out "From Hell To Heaven" was part of the bill at the Mare Island theater in June 1933...and we have proof. Carole graced the cover of that month's program:

That program consisted of eight pages, though we only have access to four. Here are the other two:

Like "From Hell To Heaven," few of those listed are well-known today, although "Grand Slam" is a weird comic take on contract bridge, the early '30s' indoor equivalent of miniature golf.

The program is on sale for $13.33. To purchase or to get more information, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/MARE-ISLAND-NAVY-YARD-JUNE-1933-POST-EXCHANGE-THEATRE-PROGRAM-CAROLE-LOMBARD/362456830870?hash=item54641c5396.

As for the shipyard, it closed in 1993, and the land is being converted to use for the general public. You can find out more about the area today at http://discovermareisland.com/

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A silent billhead that speaks volumes

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.15 at 20:05
Current mood: gratefulgrateful

Carole Lombard and Buck Jones, shown together in the 1925 Fox western "Hearts And Spurs," had a few things in common. Both were Indiana natives (Jones hailed from Vincennes), both found fame in films and both died violently in 1942. (Jones was among the nearly 500 fatalities at the Coconut Grove nightclub in Boston on Nov. 30.)

As is the case for all of Lombard's Fox silents, none of her three collaborations with Jones (all from 1925) survive. But one artifact of sorts from their work together has surfaced.

What is that, you may ask? It's called a "billhead," representing the "business" part of show business, defined as a receipt used in business transactions. They were most commonly used from the late 1860s to the early 1940s.

This billhead is for a 1925 western called "Gold And The Girl":

If the summary from the Internet Movie Database is to be believed, Lombard was not the "girl" of the title (Carole apparently had a bit part); that belonged to leading lady Elinor Fair. Then again, the number of surviving folk who actually saw the movie before it was lost in a 1937 fire can probably be counted on one hand. The only known publicity still has no "girls" at all, but Jones and Lucien Littlefield:

This billhead, measuring 4" x 9", apparently was issued April 20, 1925 to a theater in Antigo, Wis. It's being sold for $30 straight up, or you can make an offer. Make your offer on this item by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/Movie-Billhead-Fox-Film-4-20-1925-Gold-The-Girl-Buck-Jones-Carole-Lombard/153219896074?hash=item23ac9e130a:g:rjgAAOSwlJ9bo8Jx:rk:8:pf:0.

Perhaps many of you deem this rather arcane movie memorabilia, but the seller claims to have all sorts of historic theater paperwork -- mostly billheads -- from 1907 to the late '30s. The seller's eBay store, https://www.ebay.com/str/Mr-buysalot?_trksid=p2047675.l2563, includes all sorts of other goodies.

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Cinematic Sundays: 'Sinners In The Sun'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.14 at 19:41
Current mood: contemplativecontemplative

Carole Lombard continued her ascent amongst the leading ladies of Paramount with "Sinners In The Sun," a romantic drama issued in May 1932. It's this week's entry in our series, "Cinematic Sundays."

If "Sinners In The Sun" is at all remembered today, it's for being the second movie made by a Hollywood legend and future Lombard co-star...albeit unfortunately not in the genre both most are identified with. This is from the Canonsburg Pa. Daily Notes of March 19:

But "Sinners" also featured some stars from early silents in bit parts, actresses Carole probably saw in Fort Wayne movie-houses in her youth. From Mollie Merrick's syndicated column in the Montana Standard of Butte on March 21:

I wrote about Florence Lawrence and her impact on the industry on New Year's Day of 2010 -- https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/268617.html.

Getting back to "Sinners In The Sun," one of the film's angles was fashion; Lombard's character was a model, So according to the March 21 Pittsburgh Press, Lombard, Paramount designer Travis Banton and William de Mille chose 11 extras to parade in fashion scenes, presumably including several pictured above. A few of the 11 named promoted to acting roles, although none became major stars.

The March 8 Brooklyn Eagle reworked a Paramount press release about cameras used in "Sinners" and other films:

Director Alexander Hall is shown near one of those cameras, photographing Lombard:

The movie included a scene where several characters divided up sections of a fictional newspaper, the New York Mercury. A real New York paper, the tabloid Daily News, explained how it was done on March 20:

Lombard entered production armed with a new contract from Paramount...but since this was 1932, when the Depression was worsening, that didn't necessarily mean a raise, as a piece in the March 6 Davenport (Iowa) Daily Times explained:

"Sinners" required plenty of tests, Carole told the March 15 Brooklyn Eagle:

(Note David Burton is listed as director. He evidently was replaced by Hall, but would later direct Lombard in "Brief Moment" (1933) and "Lady By Choice" (1934), bot for Columbia.)

It made its New York area premiere at both the Brooklyn and Times Square Paramount palaces on May 13. Here's how the opening was publicized in the Eagle that morning:

The next day's Daily News gave it two stars...

...while the Eagle's Martin Dickstein called it "second rate entertainment" and "stereotyped," although he liked Lombard's acting:

The person who wrote under the pseudonym "Mae Tinee" in the May 16 Chicago Tribune decided to have some fun, writing the (middling) review in rhyme:

Two days later, the Detroit Free Press gave it measured approval:

When "Sinners" hit the Twin Cities in late May, the Minneapolis Star focused on the stage show, as the headliner was none other than red-hot Bing Crosby, a future Lombard co-star (incidentally, Bing died 41 years ago today)...

...although Carole and co-star Chester Morris were pictured elsewhere on the page:

As stated earlier, Paramount promoted the film with fashion. A style show was held at an Idaho Falls theater on May 31, and the Post-Register advertised it the day before:

A Waterloo, Iowa, department store did a lingerie-themed matinee show June 2 and 3, which was publicized in the Waterloo Courier May 31. (Note: I had a byline in this paper in 1985, covering an Iowa State men's basketball game at Nebraska. And yes, I was paid.)

"Sinners" didn't reach some markets until June, including Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. This ad ran in the L.A. Times June 9...

...and it was reviewed by the Times two days later:

Harold W. Cohen of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reviewed it June 11:

Next week, Lombard's first loan-out from Paramount -- to Columbia for "Virtue."

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Put away that pasta, Carole

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.13 at 20:30
Current mood: impressedimpressed

Carole Lombard tries to eat her spaghetti correctly at dinner. And guess who's alongside her, ready to provide guidance?

None other than Charles Laughton, her co-star in the 1940 film "They Knew What They Wanted," an adaptation of Sidney Howard's prize-winning play from the 1920s. (Since Laughton was cast as Tony, the Italian owner of a winery in the Napa valley, perhaps he knew the proper procedure after all.) This was taken while the production shot on location in Napa.

I've never seen this photo before, but it's displayed prominently -- very prominently (about 4 feet x 8 feet) at a noted Southern California eatery:

The restaurant is named Steakhouse 55, at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. (Of course, Disneyland opened in 1955, hence the name.) It's been there since the hotel opened, though it was originally named Granville's Steakhouse, for actress Bonita Granville. (Her husband, Jack Wrather, owned the hotel.) When the restaurant was renamed, it also was renovated with a classic Hollywood theme. Here's another pic of the room:

Pretty impressive, both the pic and the place.

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Carole, Selznick and another book

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.12 at 21:56
Current mood: curiouscurious

It's 1938, and word is Carole Lombard's being considered for the lead in an adaptation of a popular book whose film rights were purchased by David O. Selznick.

No, not that one.

While the producer focused much of his attention on the mega-property "Gone With The Wind," where he's shown with Lombard, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh and director Victor Fleming at its December 1939 premiere in Atlanta, he also pursued other projects. One was noted by Louella Parsons in her syndicated column, shown in the Sept. 2, 1938 Davenport (Iowa) Daily Times:

The book? "Rebecca," by Daphne du Maurier. Like "GWTW," it would win the Academy Award for Best Picture, though its would come in 1940. The book already was popular in Great Britain, and now was a hit on the other side of the pond, as illustrated by this review -- next to a blurb about Carole's association with the film -- in the Oct. 2 El Paso Times:

Who would be Lombard's leading man? According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it would be Ronald Colman:

Note one name not associated with the movie: Alfred Hitchcock. "Rebecca" would be his first American film, but in the fall of 1938, I'm not certain Carole had yet met him.

As we all know, Joan Fontaine, not Lombard, won the lead role in "Rebecca" (and soon an Academy Award for Best Actress). Why wasn't Carole ultimately picked? Age, most likely. The Mrs. de Winter character was 23 in the novel, and Lombard turned 30 in October 1938. In contrast, Fontaine was nine years younger.

It'd have been interesting to see Carole in such a project, but while she didn't work on either "GWTW" or "Rebecca," she did get the chance to work with Hitch, in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith."

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Variations on a theme

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.11 at 13:24
Current mood: excitedexcited

Stunning image of Carole Lombard, doncha think? It's just been put on sale at eBay. But if you miss out, don't fret -- another pic, a slightly different pose from the same session, also is available:

From the coding (which doesn't appear to be Paramount's) and more importantly the clothing, I'm guessing these are from "The Gay Bride," Carole's only film at MGM. The top photo is slugged "798x72x," the one at bottom "798x73x."

Each are 8" x 10" reprints struck from their original negatives, and each are being offered for $30. The top pic is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carol-Lombard-8x10-Photo-From-Original-Negative-N3108/372466981632?hash=item56b8c31b00:g:roAAAOSwHTlbvzSI:rk:8:pf:0; the bottom one at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carol-Lombard-8x10-Photo-From-Original-Negative-N3107/372466981439?hash=item56b8c31a3f:g:3u4AAOSwYsBbvzRm:rk:11:pf:0.

But wait -- there's more, as the pitchmen say. Here's Lombard in a shimmering gown, probably also from "The Gay Bride":

It too was struck from the original negative, measures 8" x 10" and goes for $30. Want it, or seek to learn more? Visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carol-Lombard-8x10-Photo-From-Original-Negative-N3106/382588156690?hash=item591407fb12.

Oh, and a reminder: Carole's classic "My Man Godfrey" is on Turner Classic Movies tonight as part of its "Funny Ladies" spotlight in Thursdays during October. It'll air at 10 p.m. (Eastern), which means those of us who watch "Mom" and "Murphy Brown" can still watch those series on either coast.

Wonder what Carol Burnett (who Larry Swindell apparently consulted while researching his Lombard biography "Screwball"), shown above with TCM contributor Illeana Douglas, will have to say about Carole?

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A lady with drive: Of Lombard and her license

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.10 at 10:10
Current mood: curiouscurious

In the 1928 Mack Sennett short "The Campus Vamp," coed Carole Lombard, still a teenager when this was made, is shown driving a car. It wasn't anything new for her, if information from her California driver's license replacement form is to be believed.

Take a look:

Lombard was applying for a new license, as her last one -- issued in 1929 -- had been stolen.

We learn some intriguing things about her from this form:

* She lists her address as "5451 Marathon," on the Paramount Pictures lot. Why didn't she list it at St. Cloud Road in Beverly Hills, where she resided? Not sure.

* She applied as "Carole Lombard," not Jane Alice Peters, as she'd officially changed her name late in 1936.

* She lists her height as 5-foot-5 1/2, near the top of the long-disputed Lombard height range (Carole's been said to be everything from 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-6), lists her weight as 112 pounds and describes her eyesight and hearing as "excellent."

* She didn't fib on her birthdate, listing it as Oct. 6, 1908 (not 1909 as some publicists had wanted people to believe).

* She writes she has been driving for "15 years" -- which would mean she'd been able to drive a car at age 13, and theoretically could've driven herself to Virgil Junior High School, then at Virgil and 3rd Street. (The school, now Virgi Middle School, now is on Vermont Avenue.) Not sure what limitations, if any, were then placed on juvenile drivers in California.

* She lists both her parents on the rear side of the form, even though her father Frederick had died two years earlier.

* She took tests (and passed both) in Hollywood on March 25, 1937, enabling her license to be successfully renewed. (Whether it was at the DMV or another site is unknown.)

Lombard was quoted as seeing driving as strictly a way to get from point A to point B; unlike second husband Clark Gable, she had relatively little interest in owning a fancy automobile.

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Heralding, en espanol

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.09 at 22:11
Current mood: artisticartistic

Carole Lombard's films, such as "White Woman," were among the many movies that used heralds -- small two-sided printouts -- to promote the releases. They were used in other languages, too, as the following three Spanish-language heralds, all from films released in 1934 (two years before Spain's Civil War), make evident.

(The seller, from Barcelona, shows only one side, emphasizing the artwork. We presume the other side is in Spanish.)

First, arguably Lombard's most pivotal movie, "Twentieth Century":

It measures 3.5" x 5.3" on card stock similar to a postcard. It's said to be in very fine condition, though the print on the rear slightly permeates the front.

The herald is offered for $259.99. You can bid or learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/PTEB-013-20TH-CENTURY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JOHN-BARRYMORE-SPANISH-HERALD-MINI-POSTER/153212708258?hash=item23ac3065a2.

Next, Lombard's lone excursion to MGM and the generally disappointing "The Gay Bride":

But there's little disappointing about this 5.5" x 3.5" herald. It's in very fine to near mint condition, although it's slightly yellowed. This one's slightly cheaper, going for $236.99. Check it out at https://www.ebay.com/itm/PTEB-009-THE-GAY-BRIDE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-MGM-SPANISH-HERALD-MINI-POSTER-A/153212708257?hash=item23ac3065a1:g:wgYAAOSwc1Zbr-rU:rk:11:pf:0.

Finally, her last movie for 1934, as well as her final film for Columbia, "Lady By Choice":

Unlike the other two, it has no print on the back, though it measures 3.5" x 5.3". Its condition is fine to very fine.

It's the cheapest of the three, going for $144.99. Interested? Learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/PTEB-013-LADY-BY-CHOICE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-MAY-ROBSON-SPANISH-HERALD-MINI-POSTER/401614519639?hash=item5d82173d57:g:-soAAOSwpblbr-oe:rk:9:pf:0.

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Something 'new' in the p1202

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.08 at 21:50
Current mood: impressedimpressed

Discovering a heretofore unseen (by me, at least) Carole Lombard p1202 photo is akin to finding buried treasure. And so it is with the pic above, officially p1202-407 from early 1933.

Even better, more information on the photo is on its back:

BACK TO SATIN. Black as ebony, simple and sleek, is the evening gown worn by CAROLE LOMBARD, leading player in Paramount's "FROM HELL TO HEAVEN."

It measures 8" x 10", is a vintage single-weight original, and was originally part of the George Smoots collection. (Most of the rest of his photos were donated to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Margaret Herrick library.) It's said to be in excellent condition... and now it can be yours.

Bidding opens at $39.99, and the auction closes at 10:33 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. If you'd like to bid or learn more about this stylish, sexy item, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-in-BLACK-SATIN-DRESS-w-BARE-BACK-Original-1933-PARAMOUNT-Photo/372441106307?hash=item56b7384783.

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Cinematic Sundays: 'No One Man'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.07 at 23:25
Current mood: confusedconfused

After a hectic first half of 1931, things quieted down for Carole Lombard in the second half. Marriage to William Powell and a few illnesses (including one that prevented her from participating in the screen adaptation of Broadway's "The Greeks Had A Word For It" (the last word was changed to "Them" to please the Hays office) took care of that.

But another adaptation -- this of a novel by well-known author Rupert Hughes -- put Carole before the Paramount cameras in her first top-billed role. Would it "score" with moviegoers? Let's find out in our latest edition of "Cinematic Sundays."

Actually, Lombard apparently was connected with the project as early as June of '31; otherwise, the wording of this ad for "I Take This Woman" in the Hartford Courant was merely a coincidence:

Early on, look who were projected as Carole's co-stars -- Charles Starrett (in the July 9 Nevada State Journal of Reno)...

...Gene Raymond (in the Aug. 1 Moberly (Mo.) Monitor-Index)...

...Phillips Holmes in the Aug. 15 Canonsburg (Pa.) Daily Notes...

...and Richard Arlen (Aug. 23 Pittsburgh Press):

But before August ended, pleurisy would lay Lombard low, taking her out of "Greeks." Former silent star Eileen Percy, who now covered Hollywood for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reported a conversation with her in the Oct. 13 issue:

Two days later, the New York Daily News reported the inability to find complementary leads was stymieing production:

On the 16th, Percy tossed another leading man into the mix -- Joel McCrea:

Rewrites apparently were slowing production, if the Nov. 9 Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune was accurate:

Finally, one male lead was cast -- Paul Lukas, according to the Nov. 10 Los Angeles Times:

Two days later, the Bristol (Pa.) Daily Courier reported the other -- Ricardo Cortez, borrowed from RKO:

Now things were falling into place...but could Carole have three leading men? From the headline in the Nov. 22 Montana Standard of Butte, apparently so:

Arthur Pierson (1901-1975) was a native of Oslo, Norway who acted on stage and in film, then became a director.

From the Dec. 27 Nevada State Journal, we learn Lombard was "an expert aquaplanist." What?

It's an antiquated term for waterskier, which Carole at least posed as one for the film. (We know she tried her hand at surfing in 1928.)

Three days into 1932, the Montana Standard noted the film had undergone 40 previews (probably not before audiences), indicative of production problems:

Finally, it was ready, as reported in the Jan. 19 Los Angeles Times:

Ads for "No One Man" were unveiled Jan. 21 in the New York Daily News...

...the Brooklyn Eagle...

...and the Detroit Free Press on Jan. 22:

The Brooklyn Paramount stage show featured two acts with future Lombard ties -- Russ Columbo and the comedy team of George Burns and Gracie Allen. Over at Times Square, it had one in Bing Crosby, but topping the bill were the Boswell Sisters.

Critic reaction on both sides of the East River on Jan. 23 was middling, to say the least. First, the Eagle:

Then, the News:

Brooklyn saw a multitude of mistakes, while Manhattan gave it a mere two stars and put its review below a Charlie Chan film. Ouch.

"Mae Tinee" in the Jan. 30 Chicago Tribune was a bit more charitable:

Needless to say, Carole's debut as a top-billed star left a lot to be desired, although the muddled production did her in.

While we may reach mid-October next Sunday, we plan on giving you some sun, as in "Sinners In The Sun."

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A happy 110th, Carole!

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.06 at 00:27
Current mood: happyhappy

As you likely know, today is the 110th anniversary of Carole Lombard's birth. (I say that rather than saying it's her 110th birthday because few of us hit the century mark, much less go a decade beyond it.) I've now been a fan of Lombard's for nearly as long as the 33 years, three months and 10 days of her actual, tragically short life.

Carole's inspired me and countless others through her talent, personality and generosity. Perhaps I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt, but even had she achieved a normal life span, reaching her 70s or 80s, I can't imagine her becoming crusty, cynical or other negative adjectives used to describe the elderly. From all accounts, her mother never became that way, and I'm certain such qualities would've avoided Lombard, too.

So what about Carole inspires you? What life lessons has she taught? I'd enjoy hearing your answers as part of our celebration today. In the meantime, a few photos new to me, courtesy of the site https://DearMrGable.com:

Happy heavenly birthday, hon.

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A sucker for these Lombard pix

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.05 at 13:33
Current mood: cheerfulcheerful

That's a very stunning Carole Lombard photo, dated from 1939, early in her tenure at RKO. We know its source because of the description on the back:

The same seller, from Australia, has this pic of Carole enjoying a lollipop while taking a break from work:

This looks to be from late 1940 for several reasons: First, the magazine she's reading has a reference to "The Howards Of Virginia," which is from that time and is often regarded as one of Cary Grant's worst films. Second, we have a snipe on its back:

It's from RKO (that unusual typeface gives it away), and it refers to "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," her last film for the studio.

The "sucker" pic measures 9" x 7.5" and is being sold for $180 AU (that's $127.61 in U.S. currency). To purchase it, go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Lolly-Pop-1930s-Original/192678560868?hash=item2cdc898464:g:jhkAAOSwUQ5btW-r.

As for the top photo, it's said to be in excellent condition, measuring 9.5" x 7". You can buy it for $295 AU ($209.14 US). Purchase or learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-photo-1938-Original/192678553618?hash=item2cdc896812:g:~VkAAOSw~ZFbtWq4.

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This month, TCM loves those 'Funny Ladies'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.04 at 11:40
Current mood: amusedamused

As Carole Lombard learned from her work at Mack Sennett on, there's something delightfully subversive -- and sexy -- about a woman who makes people laugh. And women who have made their mark in such endeavors are saluted this month at Turner Classic Movies.

Your hosts for the event are frequent TCM contributor Illeana Douglas and comedic icon Carol Burnett.

And yes, Lombard is part of the tribute, planned for each Thursday through October, though her spot won't come up till next week when "My Man Godfrey" (above) is shown. Tonight things kick off with "Silents to the '30s." The schedule (all times Eastern):

* 8 p.m. -- "I'm No Angel" (1933, Mae West).
* 9:45 p.m. -- "Dinner At Eight" (1933, Marie Dressler, Jean Harlow).
* midnight -- "College Swing" (1938, Gracie Allen, Martha Raye).
* 1:45 a.m. -- "Show People" (1928, Marion Davies).
* 3:15 a.m. -- "Fatty And Mabel Adrift" (1916, Mabel Normand).
* 4 a.m. -- "A Day At The Races" (1937, Margaret Dumont).

Oct. 11:

* 8 p.m. --
"His Girl Friday" (1940, Rosalind Russell)
* 10 p.m. -- "My Man Godfrey" (1936, Carole Lombard).
* midnight -- "Theodora Goes Wild" (1936, Irene Dunne).
* 2 a.m. -- "The More The Merrier" (1943, Jean Arthur)
* 4 a.m. -- "I Love You Again" (1940, Myrna Loy).

Oct. 18:

* 8 p.m. --
"Born Yesterday" (1950, Judy Holliday).
* 10 p.m. -- "Singin' In The Rain" (1952, Debbie Reynolds, Jean Hagen).
* midnight -- "Pillow Talk" (1959, Doris Day).
* 2 a.m. -- "Forever, Darling" (1956, Lucille Ball).
* 3:45 a.m. -- "Eight On The Lam" (1967, Phyllis Diller).

* Oct. 25:

* 8 p.m. --
"High Anxiety" (1977, Madeline Kahn).
* 10 p.m. -- "The Late Show" (1977, Lily Tomlin).
* 12:15 a.m. --"Protocol" (1984, Goldie Hawn).
* 2 a.m. --"What's Up, Doc?" (1972, Barbra Streisand).
* 4:15 a.m. -- "Gilda Live" (1980, Gilda Radner).

A good collection, inspiring future generations of comic actresses. But had this series aired over five weeks rather than four, might there have been room for the likes of Colleen Moore, Clara Bow and Constance Talmadge from the silent era, as well as Teri Garr in the '70s and '80s?

For more on the series, visit http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/1436502%7C0/Funny-Ladies-Thursdays-in-October.html.

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Portuguese, please

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.03 at 21:20
Current mood: cheerfulcheerful

Carole Lombard was at her peak of popularity in 1937. Coming off what would be her lone Academy Award nomination for "My Man Godfrey" and gaining headlines for her romance with unhappily-married Clark Gable, she'd come a long way from the all-purpose fashion plate people perceived her as at the start of 1934.

And while she'd long been a popular magazine cover subject, such appearances were increasing. Take this magazine from Portugal, for example:

it's the Oct. 25, 1937 issue of Cine-Jornal, a Portuguese film publication. European star Elsa Rumina is on the back cover:

Inside the covers is lots and lots of Hollywood, like Mae West...

...Ginger Rogers (wonder if she ever faced Carole in tennis?)...

...Gable and the late Jean Harlow in "Saratoga"...

...a feature on the Balanchine Girls...

...an ad for Gable, Joan Crawford and Franchot Tone in "Love On The Run"...

...and an article on Luise Rainer:

The magazine is 16 pages, has some wear from age, but is complete.

If you can read Portuguese, you might want to buy this; it goes for $44.99. To bid or learn more, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Front-Cover-1937-Jean-Harlow-Clark-Gable-Mae-West-Ginger-Rogers/283191378905?hash=item41ef8583d9:g:NUIAAOSwA~1bqgXQ#viTabs_0.

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'Photoplay,' September 1934: Lombard, the lady with something extra

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.02 at 08:48
Current mood: creativecreative

Carole Lombard was never perceived as a queen of millinery, unlike fellow actress (and later Hollywood columnist) Hedda Hopper. However, Carole's taste in hats, as well as other accessories, was noted in this page in the September 1934 issue of Photoplay, a page that now looks rather "alternative" in its informal approach and design:

She's shown at center wearing a sombrero, kerchief and jewelry as a beachwear combo, then at lower left in a drawing of her in a taffeta hat whose "wings" provide an aeronautical flavor. Here's an actual photo of Carole in such attire, Paramount p1202-825, the likely inspiration for the drawing (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/460812.html):

Other stars mentioned on the page are Pat Paterson, Frances Drake, Kitty Carlisle and Gloria Stuart. All but Paterson lived into at least 2000, and Stuart reached age 100 before her passing in 2010.

There wasn't much more of Lombard in that September '34 issue, whose cover girl was Dolores Del Rio...

...but her ex, William Powell (roughly a year following their divorce), gives an interview where he discusses humor as a way to win a lady:

Wise advice, Bill.

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Could Carole star again...via hologram?

Posted by vp19 on 2018.10.01 at 20:35
Current mood: curiouscurious

Carole Lombard appeared in glorious three-strip Technicolor in 1937's "Nothing Sacred." Several of her black-and-white films have been colorized, such as "My Man Godfrey."

But in the near future, could Carole return to the big screen in an entirely new project, even though she's been dead for more than three-quarters of a century? It's not out of the realm of possibility.

Tomorrow night at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles, where Lombard's first husband William Powell was master of ceremonies at its opening night nearly 87 years ago...

...a concert will be held starring beloved rock legend Roy Orbison...even though he's been gone for nearly three decades.

The tour, approved by Orbison's estate, has drawn criticism from some who deem it little more than a cash grab, although others have defended it as reflecting Orbison's legacy (http://theconversation.com/the-ghost-of-roy-orbison-goes-on-tour-and-some-arent-happy-about-it-100873). And other artists in recent years have been given the hologram treatment -- from Tupac Shakur to Maria Callas, Michael Jackson to Billie Holiday.

Technology has improved by leaps and bounds, enabling orchestral backing to be removed from artists' recordings and more. Some say it's reached the point where Holiday could perform hip-hop and Shakur sings standards.

Such tech already has been used in films. Facebook friend Mary Sean Young, who played a replicant in the 1982 sci-fi classic "Blade Runner," reappeared in the recent "Blade Runner 2049" -- and camera magic made it appear she hadn't aged a day.

And Peter Cushing, who supported Lombard in 1940's "Vigil In The Night" and appeared in the original "Star Wars" 37 years later, digitally reprised his role as Tarkin in 2016's "Rogue One," 22 years after his death. Cushing's estate gave its approval (https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/rogue-one-creator-defends-cgi-tarkin-says-carrie-fisher-loved-her-digital-self-203453637.html).

So what kind of films could a reborn Lombard star in? Probably comedies, given her rep as queen of screwball. Imagine Carole appearing with comic heirs Goldie Hawn and Anna Faris in the same film, though technological magic could reproduce Hawn circa 1980, making all three roughly the same age. (Hey, Goldie and Anna both starred in versions of "Overboard.")

The key, of course, is sensitivity to the deceased actor's image. We know Lombard was no prude and was famed for her inventive invective, so having her blurt out a few choice words might be appropriate, but putting her in a sex scene? That might be taking things a bit too far.

Some noted actors reportedly are preserving themselves digitally so they can star on screen long after they're gone (https://www.npr.org/sections/alltechconsidered/2018/03/05/590238807/in-the-future-movie-stars-may-be-performing-even-after-their-dead). If that's the case, let's hope the projects they appear in are worthy of their memory.

Since we mentioned Orbison earlier, let's hear one of his hits, one that might appear in his hologram show. This is from 1964, a perfect example of his compelling style as one of rock's greatest voices..."It's Over."

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Cinematic Sundays: 'I Take This Woman'

Posted by vp19 on 2018.09.30 at 16:26
Current mood: exhaustedexhausted

We close the book on Carole Lombard's busy first half of 1931 today by examining "I Take This Woman," her first of two pairings with Gary Cooper, in our series "Cinematic Sundays":

The film, Carole's fifth of '31, was issued at roughly the time a star actor said "I take this woman" to Lombard in real life -- not Coop, who may have dallied with Carole at one time or another, but William Powell. Here they are, preparing to set sail on their honeymoon to Hawaii:

Back to "I Take This Woman," a film out of circulation for decades and feared lost until a 16mm print was found at the residence of Mary Roberts Rinehart, whose novel "Lost Ecstasy" was the basis for the screenplay (initially titled "In Defense Of Love"). A 35mm print was subsequently found and restored (my review is at https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/859635.html), though it has yet to receive an official DVD release.

Among the earliest print references to the project is this, from Louella Parsons' syndicated column, shown here in the Feb. 3 San Francisco Examiner:

The next reference to the film in a major daily wasn't until the April 20 New York Daily News:

The Philadelphia Inquirer, which really didn't come into its own until the Knight-Ridder chain took it over decades later and whose Hollywood coverage at the time was somewhat skimpy, did have this as part of its movie news roundup April 26:

During production, we learned some tidbits about Coop (May 17 Montgomery Advertiser)...

...and Carole (May 26 San Francisco Examiner):

Paramount emphasized the project's new title in this item, which ran in the May 24 Muncie (Ind.) Star Press:

The fashion-minded learned this in the May 31 Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune:

Rinehart's son Alan was at the Paramount lot during production, learning the ropes about screenwriting, as reported in the May 31 Lincoln Star:

The younger Rinehart became a film producer instead.

"I Take This Woman" hit the screens in June, and the Brooklyn Eagle noted its release at the Paramount on June 12...with a stage show starring future Lombard co-star Ethel Merman, who'd struck it big on Broadway in the Gershwins' "Girl Crazy":

Over in Manhattan, where the film was opening at the Times Square Paramount, that day's Daily News omitted Lombard's name in its roundup but did acknowledge her forthcoming marriage, while adding a picture:

The next day's News gave the movie two stars (one more than Loretta Young's new vehicle "Big Business Girl" received the previous day)...

...while the June 13 Eagle praised Cooper, the "blond and fragile" Lombard and little else:

Here's how it was advertised (with exclamation point!) in the Daily News on June 14. (A similar ad in the Eagle that day omitted the exclaiming.)

Brooklyn may have had Merman, but Manhattan had Libby Holman and Rudy Vallee!

The film was reviewed in the Los Angeles Times June 20:

Carole must've been pleased the reviewer said that "in a role too human to be glamorous [she] shows herself capable of good acting."

We haven't found much from the archives of the Baltimore Sun, but "Q.E.D." in the June 24 Evening Sun praised Lombard's progress, with an adjoining picture:

This stunning ad ran in the June 24 Salt Lake Telegram:

"Mae Tinee" in the June 27 Chicago Tribune was generally approving, especially of Lombard's beauty:

Harold W. Cohen in the June 29 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette lauded Lombard, though he called "I Take This Woman" a feeble imitation of "Montana Moon" (a Joan Crawford vehicle of a year and a half earlier):

The July 2 Philadelphia Inquirer, which like Cohen referred to Carole's new marital status, gave her an effusive review:

Next Sunday shifts us to early 1932 and Lombard's first top-billed film, "No One Man."

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Having 'Film Fun' with Lombard in lingerie

Posted by vp19 on 2018.09.29 at 18:09
Current mood: hothot

I hope it isn't sexist to say that the pre-Code Carole Lombard looked lovely in lingerie, as that screengrab from "No Man Of Her Own" makes evident. Blessed with a sleek figure, fantastic legs and an alluring smile, Carole exuded sex appeal while barely trying.

Now another image of Lombard in undergarments, one I've never seen before, has popped up. It's from a magazine that was the 1920s and '30s equivalent of Maxim or FHM (the latter is now defunct in print and solely operates online) -- "laddie" publications showing women in states of undress (but never nude). It was called...

...Film Fun, and this is the cover of its July 1932 issue.

The Lombard pic is from her film at the time, "Sinners In The Sun" It's in the middle of a two-page spread, and shows Carole looking into a mirror (and liking what she's seeing):

There's another image from "Sinners," apparently with Carole in the background (it's in the upper left-hand corner):

Finally, another image from the issue:

The 62-page magazine, published by Dell, is in very good condition. Others featured inside include Dolores Del Rio and Joan Blondell.

This issue is up for auction at eBay. As of this writing, one bid has been made, for $6; the auction closes at 9:41 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. If you'd like to place a bid or learn more, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/FILM-FUN-7-32-VG-Joel-McCrea-Carole-Lombard-Joan-Blondell/273484023601?hash=item3faceb0731:g:mK4AAOSwr5dbrYau.

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Carded, and complete

Posted by vp19 on 2018.09.28 at 07:06
Current mood: creativecreative

It's been a while since we discussed Carole Lombard tobacco cards, such as this 1933 Player's Cigarettes set where she's flanked by Gertrude Lawrence and Myrna Loy. (As this is in alphabetical order, it may be uncut.) Now another cigarette card collection is available -- one from Germany in 1931, the waning days of the Weimar Republic.

Issued by the German Salem Cigarette Company (I have no idea if it's linked to the U.S. brand of the same name), these cards come glued in an album. Here's a photo of both sides of Carole's card, showing no information about her was on the back, thus allowing it to be glued:

And here's how it appears in the album:

Lombard's page mates include Conchita Montenegro, Adolphe Menjou, Lewis Stone, Chester Morris, Marlene Dietrich (twice) and Gary Cooper.

The 180-card collection is roughly evenly divided between German and North American stars. Each card measures 2 3/8" x 1 1/2", and the set is said to be in very good condition. More cards:

And the binder's cover:

A checklist is available at the eBay sale site.

The 87-year-old album sells for $33.90. To buy or learn more, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/1931-CAROLE-LOMBARD-GRETA-GARBO-BUSTER-KEATON-180-Card-Ross-Verlag-Tobacco-Card/223166315254?hash=item33f5bfbaf6:g:Gf8AAOSwSBhbrd42.

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Lombard painted, 'Mom' returns, 'Murphy' revives

Posted by vp19 on 2018.09.27 at 13:47
Current mood: excitedexcited

Carole Lombard served as the guest editor for the April 1936 issue of Screen Book, which we've previously reviewed (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/672326.html, https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/672670.html). Today, we're focusing on the cover, a delightful portrait of Carole by noted artist Zoe Mozert:

You can get an 8' x 10" version of this "very nice" picture for $6.99 by going to https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-8x10-Photo-Picture-Very-Nice-Fast-Free-Shipping-32/232943370302?hash=item363c81c03e:g:fAgAAOSwuGhbrOS5. Without the cover clutter, it's decidedly more alluring.

As many of you know, today's been quite the newsday, so I have two suggestions to help you relax this evening. Just set your TV to CBS at 9/8c and laugh with some wonderful ladies for the next hour.

First, the season six premiere of my current favorite sitcom...

..."Mom." That's Oscar- and Emmy-winner Allison Janney, left, and pert, funny, talented Anna Faris as Bonnie and Christy Plunkett, recovering substance abusers progressing through life with help from their AA support group:

Between Anna and Allison are Beth Hall (Wendy), Jaime Pressly (Jill) and Mimi Kennedy (Marjorie).

With fine acting and smart writing, "Mom" ranks as one of network TV's top sitcoms. It's both truly funny and profound at the same time, and if you're not familiar with the series, its first four seasons in syndication all over the place -- both on local stations and networks such as FXX, the Paramount Network and others. With apologies to fans of the ultra-popular "The Big Bang Theory," it's arguably the best show in the Chuck Lorre stable.

In a smart bit of programming by CBS, following "Mom" at 9:30/8:30c is the return of a series that was topical in its day and promises to be once again...

Two decades have passed since Murphy and gang have graced prime time, and some things have changed. Instead of the newsmagazine "FYI," Brown's show is now on a cable news channel, called "Murphy In The Morning" (over the years, many broadcast markets, including D.C., have had a radio show by that name). The son Murphy had, Avery Brown, now works at the conservative rival Wolf channel -- a take-off on Fox, of course. And if you thought Murphy caused controversy in the days of Dan Quayle, imagine what things will be like in the era of another Indiana vice-president, not to mention the guy in the White House.

I'd go to an episode filming (which will apparently try to be as topical as possible) but unfortunately, "Murphy" 2.0 now films in Astoria, Queens at the behest of star Candice Bergen. The good news is that original showrunner Diane English is back as well as much of the original cast, so expect the jokes to be sharp, targeting left and right.

Looking forward to plenty of laughs tonight.

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Carole -- caught in a 'starry' crossfire?

Posted by vp19 on 2018.09.26 at 13:20
Current mood: worriedworried

These are nervous times for Carole Lombard fans. That's because her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on Hollywood Boulevard...

...has as its immediate eastward neighbor this star:

And in case you haven't heard, actor-comedian Bill Cosby was sentenced Tuesday to three to 10 years in a Pennsylvania prison for "aggravated indecent assault," after other women had unsuccessfully sought to convict him on similar charges over the years.

Earlier this month, Cosby's star -- which he received in November 1977 -- was defaced with "serial rapist." On the other side of the Boulevard, a star for Donald Trump as a reality TV star ("The Apprentice") has been a similar target...including this imaginative protest where a "border wall" was constructed around it:

But it appears neither Cosby nor Trump will have their stars removed, according to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame (https://popculture.com/celebrity/2018/09/25/bill-cosby-hollywood-walk-of-fame-star-remain-despite-sexual-assault-conviction/).

And as we've noted before, for all of the dreadful accusations (and now, conviction) made against Cosby, at least one Walk of Fame honoree was jailed for a far more violent offense. Western-swing star Spade Cooley, a popular Los Angeles television personality in the medium's early days, was convicted for the murder of his second wife (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/923734.html), and his star's still there.

The star next door to Lombard's on the other side probably won't be attacked anytime soon, since its often-outrageous honoree hasn't done anything to warrant it.

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Much 'Todo' about Carole in Mexico

Posted by vp19 on 2018.09.25 at 09:25
Current mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Carole Lombard visited Mexico more than a few times, especially for racing and gaming action at the Agua Caliente resort. I have no idea how fluent she was in Spanish -- though Los Angeles even then had a significant Mexican population -- but I'm guessing she at least was passable in the language.

Fan magazines such as Cine-Mundial made her a regular cover subject as far back as September 1929, and general mags did so as well, such as Todo (Spanish for "all" or "everything"). Take the Feb. 25, 1936 issue. Carole's on the cover...

...in a pin-up...

...and in a long story:

This issue, which has plenty of other features, is up for auction at eBay. Bidding begins at $12.99, and the auction ends at 12:03 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. There are holes on the border, as the issue had been in a binder, but it's said to be in great condition otherwise.

To bid or learn more, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/1936-TODO-magazine-CAROLE-LOMBARD-MEXICO-life-art-vintage-ARCADY-BOYTLER-homer/202447871624?hash=item2f22d55e88:g:W5wAAOSwqMpbnCVE.

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'Memories' are made of this

Posted by vp19 on 2018.09.24 at 14:36
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

Was it possible for a Carole Lombard fan to feel nostalgic about her while she was still alive? Sure it was. By the latter half of the 1930s, the film industry had turned the corner with the switch to sound, then the clampdown on many of Hollywood's more libertine aspects. To many in 1937, movieland of less than a decade ago -- this still of Lombard was taken for Pathe in 1929 -- seemed like halcyon days.

So around '37 or so, Dell Publishing, whose titles included the popular fan magazine Modern Screen (Carole's shown on its September 1936 cover...

...decided to go un-modern and publish a one-shot mag dedicated to filmdom's past:

Was Lombard included? Of course! Here are two versions of the spread:

The pics in the upper-right corner of the first page (Lombard with a medicine ball) and the upper-left corner of the second (Carole standing) are unfamiliar to me.

We touched on this nearly a decade ago, when someone bought a copy of this magazine and wrote us an entry (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/178712.html). Unfortunately, the accompanying photos no longer are available.

That now is moot, since the magazine is up for auction at eBay -- we'll have more on that later -- and the seller, as well as another person, posted photos of many of the pages inside...photos we now have access to, including the table of contents:

We'll start with a two-page spread of luminous Loretta Young:

Next up, the vivacious flapper star who gave Gretchen Young her new first name, Colleen Moore:

Marie Dressler had passed in 1934, but audiences still remembered her fondly from her days as an early '30s icon:

Cover girl Bow has two interior pages:

Ill-fated (and deceased) Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle and Will Rogers are profiled:

Robert Montgomery was a popular actor since the start of the '30s, explaining his inclusion:

That also was true for Myrna Loy, whose earlier persona as a vamp or ersatz Asian was drastically different than how current audiences perceived her, as a "perfect wife":

There were some spreads on topics rather than stars as well, including this on melodrama...

...silent-era slapstick...

...famous cinematic bad guys...

...and scenes no longer seen, thanks to the Production Code (or, as cited here, the Legion of Decency):

You have two ways to add this 48-page, 8 1/2" x 11 1/2" mag to your collection. What currently looks to be the cheaper way is to go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/Movie-Memories-STARS-Loretta-Young-Carole-Lombard-Marie-Dressler-Colleen-Moore/142950170364?hash=item21487e7efc:g:eCsAAOSw7E1bnteV. Its bidding begins at $9.99, with the auction slated to close at 11:33 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. There is a water stain in the lower left corner.

The other way? Visit https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/VINTAGE-30s-DELL-MOVIE-MEMORIES-CELEBRITY-PHOTO-MAGAZINE-LOMBARD-CLARA-BOW-GARBO-/250533328651. You can buy it straight up for $79.99, or make an offer. There are some minor corner creases on the cover and first few pages, but the rest of the mag is intact and said to be sharp.

Our entry, "Memories Are Made Of This," was the title of a 1956 Dean Martin hit...but have you ever heard this version? It's from the Everly Brothers' first album for Warners, 1960's "It's Everly Time." As was the case for most of their records on former label Cadence, Don and Phil were backed by many of Nashville's best session musicians, leading to a smart reworking of the tune. In 1960, the Everlys were at their commercial and artistic peak, as this track makes evident.

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