December 12th, 2010

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Doggin' around for 'High Voltage'

We haven't checked the eBay roster of Carole Lombard items for several days, so let's see some of the new goodies that are available.

Carole's fondness for animals was well known, and in this Paramount publicity still she proves it by giving a dachshund a treat. (Given that breed's build, it must really be hungry to stand up like that!) I'm not sure whether this is Commissioner, Lombard's beloved dachshund; it's p1202-616, meaning this was likely taken about 1933 or '34, and I have no idea whether Commissioner was around then.

Anyway, this is an 8" x 10" doubleweight photo, not an original but printed from the original negative, according to the seller. Bids begin at $14.95; as of this writing, no one has bid on it yet, and bidding closes at 9:21 p.m. (Eastern) tonight. Interested? Go to

Next are a pair of stills from Lombard's first all-talking film, 1929's "High Voltage." They are from the estate of a New Jersey theater owner (the seller hails from Bergen County, just across the Hudson from New York City), and both are stunning:

What also makes these photos special is the presence of Lombard's good friend, Diane Ellis (the top photo in particular is as good an image as I've ever seen of her). Both actresses were released from Pathe's roster before the end of 1929, likely because both were blondes who too closely resembled new signee Constance Bennett. Both ended up at Paramount, with Ellis providing spark to the 1930 Nancy Carroll film "Laughter."

That October, Ellis married wealthy New Yorker Stephen Caldwell Millett Jr. in Paris, and they traveled the world on their honeymoon. While in India in early December, Ellis contracted a disease and died on Dec. 15 -- 80 years ago Wednesday, five days before she would have turned 21.

The photos, 8" x 10" originals, are being sold as a pair for $8.98 -- and surprisingly, as of this writing, no bids have been made. Bidding will close at 9:13 p.m. (Eastern) Monday. If you want to get in on the action, visit
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