May 17th, 2008

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A big "Breakfast," but "Slightly" mistaken

Pretty gorgeous poster, isn't it? (Pretty big, too -- 41" x 81", a scale rendering Carole Lombard literally larger than life.) Well, to get it you'd have to give up a pretty penny -- a lot of them, in fact. It's among the items being auctioned off by The Last Moving Picture Co. of Kirtland, Ohio (near Cleveland), and the minimum bid is $2,500.

There'a at least one other poster from that 1936 Universal picture...

I think the latter might be more common, but I'm not entirely sure.

The auction is taking place until 1 p.m. (ET) next Saturday, so you have just about a week to bid. Several Lombard-related items are available, including posters from "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and "To Be Or Not To Be" (each a puny 27" x 41"), with bidding starting at $400 and $500 respectively.

But there's another item available, too -- a collection of Carole Lombard stills, with bidding starting at $100. The still being used to illustrate the collection looked unfamiliar and a bit unusual to me:

And there's good reason for that -- the still has nothing to do with Lombard.

As you can tell from the caption, it's from a Paramount film called "Slightly Scarlet." But a check of the Internet Movie Database shows that the film was issued in February 1930 -- before Carole joined Paramount. (At the time this film was in production, Lombard was likely at Fox, part of the cast in "The Arizona Kid.")

The caption lists Evelyn Brent and Clive Brook. so who's that blonde standing off to the right? She looks quite a bit like Lombard, which may have led to the confusion. Actually, it's a Paramount contract player named Virginia Bruce, a Minneapolis native who was nearly two years younger than Carole. Their paths would cross later in the year when both appeared in the Paramount musical "Safety In Numbers" with Buddy Rogers. Virginia is on the far left here, to the right of Carole.

So it's an error on the auctioneer. However, it should be noted that the other pics in the group are legitimate Lombard, including one from "Safety In Numbers"... from the aforementioned "Love Before Breakfast"...

...and one from Carole's other 1936 Universal film, "My Man Godfrey":

Interested in bidding on these pics? Go to

For the "Love Before Breakfast" poster, visit

The "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" poster?

And for "To Be Or Not To Be," check out

There's one more item for sale with a Lombard angle -- a batch of nine movie heralds, including one from "No Man Of Her Own." The starting bid is $300, and you can view the collection at
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