June 5th, 2011

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Back at 'cha (two ways)

That's Carole Lombard in p1202-950, likely from late 1934 or early '35, turning her back on us (and what a lovely back it is!) with a charming smile. You can buy this photo for $9.95 at http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-PHOTO-G5862-/270606115646?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f0161a33e, though the sale expires at about 10 a.m. (Eastern) on Monday.

But as it turns out, that's not the only version of this photo available at eBay. Here's another one:

This is from the files of the Chicago Tribune; the watermark isn't on the actual photo, but the markings are (the background is darkened). Want to see how it turned out in print? You can, because the result was glued (or taped) onto the reverse:

Note it was "flipped" so that Carole is facing left, rather than right, and it was cropped quite a bit. We learn this portrait was taken by Eugene Robert Richee of Paramount; it's difficult to identify the year (1936?). This ran in the Herald & Examiner, a Hearst daily; the Tribune Co. acquired the Hearst files in the 1950s.

This is being auctioned, with the minimum bid being $24.99; as of this writing, no bids have been placed. The deadline for bidding is 9:56 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday, so you don't have much time. If interested, or if you simply want to learn more, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/CT-Chicago-Tribune-Photo-Carole-Lombard-Actress-/250828549441?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3a668bed41.

Either picture you choose, you've got Lombard's back.
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Carole for kids: 'Godfrey's' essential, junior

We were delighted to learn in late April that Carole Lombard will be featured with 24 hours of her films Aug. 28 as part of Turner Classic Movies in the U.S.' "Summer Under The Stars." And, as it turns out, there's a bit extra to the deal.

Since it's a Sunday, "My Man Godfrey," scheduled to air at 8 p.m. (Eastern), will be part of TCM's "Essentials Jr." series -- in fact, it will be the last of the 13 movies shown for that summer program. The event kicks off tonight at 8 with a genuine swashbuckler classic -- 1938's "The Adventures Of Robin Hood," in all its Technicolor goodness.

(Some of your children seeing that picture might think it's icky, but just wait until they see the action sequences.)

Here's the entire schedule (all films start at 8 Eastern):

* June 5 -- "The Adventures Of Robin Hood" (1938)
* June 12 -- "The General" (1927)
* June 19 -- "Stagecoach" (1939)
* June 26 -- "Singin' In The Rain" (1952)
* July 3 -- "King Kong" (1933)
* July 10 -- "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington" (1939)
* July 17 -- "Horse Feathers" (1932)
* July 24 -- "The Thing From Another World" (1951)
* July 31 -- "The Road To Utopia" (1946)
* Aug. 7 -- "The Hunchback Of Notre Dame" (1939)
* Aug. 14 -- "His Girl Friday" (1940)
* Aug. 21 -- "Gunga Din" (1939)
* Aug. 28 -- "My Man Godfrey" (1936)

That's an excellent lineup for anyone to watch, regardless of age -- and for young viewers, it will show them that moviemaking can go far beyond the family animation and comic book adaptations that populate the multiplexes these days.

This year's host is Bill Hader of "Saturday Night Live"; he's also been a producer on "South Park" and has appeared in several films. He earned his classic movie stripes last September, when he was a TCM guest programmer.

For more on "Essentials Jr.", go to http://www.tcm.com/essentials-jr/index.html.

It will be good to see Hader introduce "Godfrey" on Aug. 28...and unless it's already back to school on the 29th, perhaps you can let the kids stay up at 10 to watch Robert Osborne introduce "Hands Across The Table" and let them learn even more about Lombard.

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