October 10th, 2008

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Carole, the senorita

We've occasionally discussed Carole Lombard's appeal to Spanish-speaking audiences, and how she periodically appeared on the cover of Hispanic movie magazines (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/137567.html). Well, here's another one I've come across, and it has more of a Latina feel than any other cover I've ever seen of Lombard. Check it out:

I love that flower in her hair, don't you?

It's for the film magazine Cinelandia, specifically the May 1935 issue. The illustrator is a man named Benno Prival, a noted California-based artist of the time. Born in Englewood, N.J., in 1903, he studied art in Germany, moving back to New York in the 1920s and to Los Angeles in 1928. While he did some actors' portraits for magazines and some contract work for film studios when art was needed for a background, he was best known for watercolors for the Works Progress Administration under the New Deal. He died in January 1984.

Inside, the seller says there's a three-page article on Carole entitled "El Besar Es Un Crimen, Le Afirma Carole Lombard” (can anyone translate that fully for me?). There are also stories on Margaret Sullavan, Ginger Rogers and Lew Ayres, and more. There are 60 pages in all.

If interested, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-by-Benno-Prival-1935-CINELANDIA-MagCover_W0QQitemZ120313762981QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item120313762981&_trkparms=39%3A1%7C66%3A2%7C65%3A1%7C240%3A1318&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14. The minimum bid is $24.99, and as of this writing, no bids have been made. But you don't have much time -- bids close on Saturday, just after 4:15 p.m. (Eastern).
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