March 6th, 2011

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For #1500, lots of Lombard in 'No Man's' land



There's plenty to smile about at "Carole & Co." This marks our 1,500th entry since this community began on June 13, 2007 -- that's roughly about 1 1/4 entries per day. A further check of the user info showed that we currently have 296 members, an all-time high. (Tell your friends who love classic Hollywood about this site, and we can surpass 300 sometime during March!)

To celebrate, here's something I just uncovered -- and it concerns one of Carole Lombard's most popular films. The movie is "No Man Of Her Own," where Lombard shows off her skills (and lots of other stuff) as she portrays small-town librarian Connie Randall, who makes a big change in her life. (And there's this leading man brought in from MGM named, uh...oh yes, Gable.)

So what's this all about? Screencaps. Lots and lots and lots of screencaps -- more than 2,000 in all.



This gargantuan undertaking is the handiwork of someone at LiveJournal who goes by the title "Peppermint Fox." Apparently, this fox likes to go on the hunt for screencaps, because past entries include screencap collections for the likes of the original Barbara Stanwyck "Christmas In Connecticut" and more recent fare, including "The Wedding Singer" and "Salt."

The "No Man Of Her Own" screencaps can be found at http://peppermint-fox.livejournal.com/5594.html. They are divided into three segments, totaling about 150 MB. So, what's it like? Well, here's a sample:



That's screencap 0359, the first one featuring Lombard -- and double-clicked, you'll find that it, and all the other screencaps, measure an impressive 1067 x 800. (The first part of the film establishes Clark Gable and his character.) What's the first one with Gable and Lombard together? It's screencap 0439, as Gable, who's just hightailed to the upstate New York town of Glendale, is at a newsstand when librarian Lombard comes by:



Clark's character likes what he sees, and not much later, in screencap 0456, he drops by the library to check out not books, but Carole:



Lombard has to climb a ladder to visit the shelves in screencap 0528, but at 0531, we find Gable is more interested in her stockinged ankle:




Screencap 0615 gives one an idea of what the Paramount people went through to construct a set that so resembles a small-town library circa 1932:



But you want to see Lombard, not a library, and so you shall. In fact, here's Carole in a cabin in screencap 0805, as she prepares to call it a night:



Okay, gang, here's the pre-Code payoff -- lots of Lombard in little lingerie. specifically in screencaps 0815, 0819 and 0821, the last being full-frontal lingerie Lombard. (A reminder, especially to those of the male gender: do not salivate over your keyboard.)





We have other screencaps from the film, but honestly, what can follow that?

So enjoy the "No Man Of Her Own" screencaps as sort of my gift to you.
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A queen deposed, but work is not yet Dunne



There was lots of Carole Lombard news to report in entry #1,500, but I decided to hold this one because it deserved its own entry. Carole is in the finals of the "All Good Things" March Madness tournament for silents/1930s actresses. Lombard, the fourth seed, posted a 59-41 conquest of ninth-seeded Myrna Loy (famed for being named "queen of Hollywood" in a 1936 fan poll) in one of the semifinals.

Carole's foe in the finals won't be easy -- she's 10th seed Irene Dunne, who's won her three matches by large margins, most recently a 64-36 victory over sixth-seeded Claudette Colbert. Note that vote total is 100, same as the Lombard-Loy battle. That may indicate the voting booth can only take so many ballots.

What's that mean? Time is probably of the essence. Voting will begin at about 8 a.m. (Eastern) today, and while it's slated to end at 6 p.m. Monday, there's an awfully good chance that it will reach 100 votes well before then. In other words, don't delay. As soon as you can, go to http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com/ and cast your vote for Carole. The winner will advance to face the winner of the other tourneys for 1940s, 1950s and 1960s actresses.

And if you need a reminder why to vote for Lombard, well, here's another lingerie screencap from "No Man Of Her Own" (specifically screencap 0830), as Carole exhibits her schoolgirl track star form -- in high heels, no less. Let's see Irene try that.

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This just in: Vote again!



If you voted this weekend between Carole Lombard and Irene Dunne in the finals of the "All Good Things" silents/1930s actresses tournament, you'll have to go back to the site (http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com/) and do it again. Some apparent chicanery at the polls forced a re-vote.

According to site administrator Monty Hawes, this time the site is using a Blogger poll, not one from Zoomerang -- and I believe this one can accept more than 100 total votes. Following the balloting was weird, since the original election had more runs than a pair of 99-cent pantyhose. Lombard jumped to a 10-1 lead...then Dunne went ahead 28-12...then Lombard pulled to a 66-34 edge when the Zoomerang voting reached its limit. Frank "I am the law" Hague of Jersey City machine infamy would be proud of that, but no true fan of Carole or Irene would be.

So return to "All Good Things" and cast your vote -- but please, do it once. And just to give you a reason to vote, look above to another Lombard lingerie screencap (0812) from "No Man Of Her Own."
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