June 17th, 2013

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Selections from an 'Album'

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Dell Publishing put Carole Lombard on the cover of its Screen Album publication for summer 1938. But the publication previously was an annual, as shown by its title, Screen Album for 1937, with Lombard pal Myrna Loy and former co-star Warner Baxter ("The Arizona Kid") on the cover:

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Carole was in this issue, too, appropriately on a page facing current squeeze Clark Gable:

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Can't read the copy? Then let's enlarge it:

carole lombard screen album for 1937 copy

With the reference to Carole recently changing her name from Jane Peters, discussion of "My Man Godfrey" and Jean Harlow noted in the present tense, this appears to have been issued near the end of 1936.

Among the other stars profiled were Marlene Dietrich and Ronald Colman...

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...Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire...

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...Charles Boyer and Greta Garbo...

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...and Cary Grant and Jean Arthur:

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At the end of the Grant copy, it said one of his upcoming films would be "Men With Wings," co-starring Lombard, Fred MacMurray and George Raft. Paramount indeed made a movie by that title in 1938 (directed by aviation enthusiast William Wellman), but MacMurray was the only one of the four in the finished production, joined by Ray Milland, Louise Campbell and Andy Devine.

This magazine's in good condition (although the cover is removed from the staples), and bids on it start at $11.99; bidding ends at 10:05 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. You can find out more, or place a bid, by going to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Myrna-Loy-Warner-Baxter-cov-1937-SCREEN-ALBUM-Carole-Lombard-Greta-Garbo-Cagney-/310690070442?pt=Magazines&hash=item4856923faa.

Carole's in bare-shoulder profile in our latest LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-120.
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