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A 'Hollywood' snapshot of 1932

The October 1932 issue of Hollywood magazine features a fetching portrait of Carole Lombard on the cover. I'd like to give you a complete list of Lombard references in the issue, but the Media History Digital Library only has access to issues between 1934 and 1943. Fortunately, the person selling this item on eBay has made several of its pages available, including this table of contents...plus some pages I had from an earlier eBay sale of this issue.

The big story in that issue was one that was tragically already out of date -- the wedding of Jean Harlow to MGM executive Paul Bern. By the time the issue hit newsstands in mid-September, Bern was already dead, under circumstances that to this day have never been completely resolved. One of the smartest studio executives, who had an uncanny knack of how to market films and actors, he deserves more than to be a footnote in Harlow's own tragic tale.

So film fans had to place themselves in a happier, alternate universe, reading this account of the Bern-Harlow ceremony:

Other highlights include a story on the Greta Garbo-Joan Crawford "battle" (no doubt tied into their joint appearance in the all-star event "Grand Hotel")...

...an examination of the exotic playground named Malibu...

...and portraits of screen favorites such as Marlene Dietrich and Dolores Del Rio:

The magazine is complete and in very good condition, with some surface dirt and a few other things.

Bidding on this opens at $24.99, with the auction closing at 8:22 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. If you're fascinated by Hollywood at the height of the pre-Code era, this may be for you. Visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Hollywood-Magazine-October-1932-Jean-Harlow-Paul-Bern/313253183339?hash=item48ef583f6b:g:apgAAOSw-RJfgeoC to bid or learn more.

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