October 29th, 2008

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Carole casts a spell

Halloween is coming up on Friday, and Hollywood has long reflected the event's culture, through ghosts, goblins -- and of course, witches. Three examples of Hollywood witchcraft are shown above: first, Veronica Lake in "I Married A Witch" (1942), an adaptation of the novel "The Passionate Witch" (author Thorne Smith died before he could finish it, and it was completed by Norman Matson and published in 1941); Elizabeth Montgomery (Robert's daughter) in the popular 1960s sitcom "Bewitched"; and Caroline Rhea, Melissa Joan Hart and Beth Broderick in the late-nineties sitcom "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch," adapted from the longtime Archie Comics book.

Carole Lombard never portrayed a witch -- but early in her Paramount career, she did pose with a black cat:

Here's a more expressly Halloween portrait of Carole, and compared to some of the cheesy publicity photos from Hollywood over the years (Amy Jeanne has just posted a few at http://amy-jeanne.livejournal.com/192421.html?style=mine), it's downright restrained:

May your Halloween be safe, and filled with benevolent magic.
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