December 24th, 2010

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Swing high, swing higher, swing highest



Here are some Carole Lombard items you won't be able to give in time for Christmas (BTW, do you like the holiday-themed avatar?), but if the Lombard fan on your list is especially fond of "Swing High, Swing Low," he or she won't mind if they're a bit tardy. For these are a trio of original 8" x 10" photographs from the film, Paramount's biggest moneymaker for all of 1937; two of them even have the snipes on the back (explaining why this seller begins bids on each of them at $125, and possibly also why none have received a bid as of this writing).

Above is the photo that lacks a snipe, but it's a lovely image just the same, with Carole pensively portraying singer Maggie King. It will be available until 1:33 a.m. (Eastern) Christmas morning, about the time some of you on the East Coast may be spying on Santa. Find it at http://cgi.ebay.com/Vint-8x10-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Swing-High-Swing-Low-/250746015147?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a61a08dab. (Please note this seller will only ship to U.S. addresses.)

Next, a familiar, leggy Lombard pose, with the snipe below:




It reads, "SPANGLES FOR CAROLE! La Lombard appears as a nightclub singer in Paramount's 'Swing High, Swing Low,' thrilling 'ups and downs' love story in which she is seen with Fred MacMurray. Carole sings several numbers as a part of her glamorous role opposite MacMurray. They are seen together for the third time."

Bids on this close three minutes later than the first photo. Learn more at http://cgi.ebay.com/Vint-8x10-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-Swing-High-Swing-Low-/250746015685?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a61a08fc5.

And here's the third pic, with MacMurray joining her:




The seller lists this as a George Hurrell portrait, which it well may be; by that time, he was freelancing and not under contract to any particular studio, and Paramount may have sought his services for what it saw as a top-of-the-line feature. Here's the snipe:

"TENDERLY ROMANTIC -- there are a lot of sad moments in the lives of Carole Lombard, cabaret singer, and Fred MacMurray, ex-soldier who is a genius on the trumpet, in Paramount's 'Swing High, Swing Low.' But there are a lot of laughs, too, as they find the key to romance and then throw it away. They're together for the third time in this production."

Bids on this close at 1:40 a.m. (Eastern) Christmas morn. To bid, or get more information, check out http://cgi.ebay.com/Vint-8x10-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-FRED-MacMURRAY-Hurrell-/320633765255?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4aa742fd87.

To close this entry, a song of the season -- the 2009 version of a tradition on David Letterman's show, Darlene Love's wonderful "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." And in case you haven't heard the news, Love will be among the latest class of inductees into the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, an honor well deserved. Enjoy, and merry Christmas.

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