February 17th, 2008

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Goodbye to "Sinners," hello to a "Princess"

There's been a slight change in the schedule of Carole Lombard movies to be shown in screenings at the Starlight Studio in Los Angeles (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/#77921). On Sept. 13, instead of 1932's "Sinners In The Sun," the 1936 Paramount film "The Princess Comes Across" will be shown.

It's a comedy of deception, murder and mystery, as Lombard plays a "princess" from Sweden on a trans-Atlantic cruise who's actually a showgirl from Brooklyn that hopes to win a Hollywood career (her ersatz Garbo accent is hilarious). Here's a still from the film featuring Carole with the fine character actress Alison Skipworth, who portrays her mother (she's also in on the scam):



In some ways this works better on the twinbill that night (with apologies to Cary Grant and Chester Morris fans), because the first picture, 1943's "No Time For Love" with Claudette Colbert, also has Fred MacMurray as a co-star. MacMurray is so remembered on one extreme for "Double Indemnity" and "The Caine Mutiny," and on the other "My Three Sons" and his Disney films, that people frequently forget his long, splendid career in romantic comedies. This double feature, with two of his frequent leading ladies, might be a revelation to some.

This still was taken on the set. Carole's definitely in character (and looking quite lovely in furs and silk stockings), while Fred is engrossed in the latest issue of Variety:



Oh, and one more thing -- there is no admission charge to these screenings, which begin at 7 p.m., but reservations are required. (The absence of admissions explains why it will be able to show the 1949 Bette Davis film "Beyond The Forest," which is currently in legal limbo over story rights and thus can't be shown on Turner Classic Movies.) Please call 213-383-2448 or e-mail thestarlightstudio@sbcglobal.net for more information.
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