July 25th, 2008

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"You Belong To Me," "Now And Forever"

More than eight months ago, we asked a question brought up by the appearance of some Carole Lombard memorabilia (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/51293.html). We apparently now have an answer.

In November, we noted a few Paramount stills of Carole referred to a film titled "You Belong To Me." The caption on the back of one noted that she would soon begin work on this movie with Gary Cooper. This led to several possibilities:

a) "You Belong To Me" was a preliminary title for "Now And Forever," a film she made with Cooper in 1934.

b) She and Cooper were going to star in an entirely different film with that title. Paramount did issue a film by that name in 1934, starring Lee Tracy and Helen Mack.

Wel, now we know, thanks to this publicity shot of Lombard and Cooper:

The print at the bottom gives it away:

Not only do Lombard and Cooper star in the film, so does Shirley Temple, with Sir Guy Standing in a supporting role and Henry Hathaway directing. All were involved in "Now And Forever," so we can be 99 and 44/100ths percent certain that the movie's title was changed. The answer is a).

Incidentally, you still have a few hours to bid on this original publicity still, being offered by Profiles in History (http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-publicity-photo-of-Carole-Lombard-Gary-Cooper_W0QQitemZ330254076915QQihZ014QQcategoryZ18824QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem). Bidding starts at $24.99 and lasts through approximately 1:45 p.m.; Eastern, so you have about 12 hours to go. As of this writing, no one has yet placed a bid.
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