March 20th, 2012

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Set sail with a 'Princess'...departing from Austria!



"The Princess Comes Across" is hardly a classic, but it's a blend of comedy and mystery that for the most part succeeds. In her second of four teamings with Fred MacMurray, Carole Lombard has plenty of fun playing an ersatz Greta Garbo wannabe princess from Sweden who's actually a Brooklyn showgirl seeking fame in Hollywood by disguising herself as royalty.

If you're a fan of the film, an artifact has surfaced with plenty of pictures from the film, along with lots of copy that you can read...if you speak German. It's from 1936, but it's actually a magazine from Vienna, Austria -- and the "German" is apparently a slightly different form of the language called "Austrian German." According to Wikipedia's definition of that term, "Much like the relationship between British English and American English, the Austrian and German varieties differ in minor respects (e.g., spelling, word usage and grammar) but are recognizably equivalent and largely mutually intelligible."



That's the cover of the eight-page publication called Film-Kurier. Note that in Austria (and presumably Germany), this film was not known as "The Princess Comes Across," but "Luxus-Kabine 50B," which I presume stands for "Luxury Cabin 50B." Here's what the rest of this issue looked like:






Film-Kurier measured 8.75" x 5.75". The magazine began in 1919, continued after Germany "annexed" Austria in 1938, and finally ceased publication in 1944. The seller has some other copies available, including one with the story and pictures from Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper in Frank Borzage's "Desire":



The Lombard booklet looks to be in good condition, with the minimum bid at $10. Bidding will close at 10:54 a.m. (Eastern) next Monday. If you like "The Princess Comes Across" or merely wish to test your Austrian German, place your bid at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Film-Kurier-Austrian-Herald-Illustrierter-Princess-Comes-1936-Carol-Lombard-/230763846314?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35ba98daaa.

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