November 15th, 2010

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Items and a reminder

Today, two more Carole Lombard items on eBay, as well as a reminder for those in the U.S. who watch Turner Classic Movies.

First, the items.

There is a Brazilian magazine named Divas Do Cinema that apparently specializes in issues devoted to specific screen icons. It appears that Lombard has twice been the subject of this publication, in issues #22 and #33 (not shown).

According to the seller, each magazine has 20 pages, mostly photos but some text (in Portuguese). I'd like to tell you more, but the seller states, "To preserve the rarity of the article, NO scans of the inside will be available." So if you're curious, you'll have to purchase these magazines, which measure about 7" x 9".

Each are available for $29.99 under eBay's "buy it now" policy; the first is at, the second at

Next, a reminder about Turner Classic Movies' fine documentary series, "Moguls & Movie Stars." The first two segments probably seemed more accessible to historians than the casual movie fan, as they dealt with the beginnings of film and then the 1910s. (And seeing two Mary Pickford films this week on TCM -- "Poor Little Rich Girl" and "The Hoodlum" -- both helped explain her appeal and revealed her considerable talent.)

Tonight's episode, "The Dream Merchants," will profile Hollywood in the 1920s, as the classic era gets in full gear. New studios such as Columbia, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. arose, older studios such as Paramount continued their dominance, and the art of commercial filmmaking rose to amazing heights...although the arrival of sound late in the decade not only revolutionized the medium but more or less forced everyone to start from scratch.

"The Dream Merchants" will air at 8 and 11 p.m. (Eastern). (For those of you who missed episode 2, "The Birth Of Hollywood," or would simply like to see it again, it will encore at 7.) Movies accompanying episode 3 include "Sunrise" (1927), at 9; "The Iron Horse" (1924) at midnight; "Flesh And The Devil" (1926) at 2:30 a.m.; and "The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse" (1921), starring Rudolph Valentino, below, at 4:30. These films on Monday and Wednesday show the artistry of the best 1920s silents, and are probably a good way for those unfamiliar with silent films to understand the "language" of the medium.

Episode 3 encores at 10 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday, preceded by and following an array of 1920s comedies: Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid" (1921) and "The Pilgrim" (1923) at 8 and 9; Buster Keaton's "One Week" (1920) and "Steamboat Bill Jr." (1928) at 11:15 and 11:45; Harold Lloyd's "Safety Last" (1923) at 1 a.m.; "It" (1927), with Clara Bow, at 2:30; "Show People" (1928), starring Marion Davies (that's her and co-star William Haines with Chaplin, below), at 4; and "Fool's Luck" (1926) at 6 a.m.

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