September 3rd, 2013

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Through a porthole, but apparently not for a 'Brief Moment'

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We haven't checked out Carole Lombard items on eBay for several days, so let's rectify that by examining four stills from four films...or should we make that five?

The pic above is the problem. The back of the photo states it's from...

carole lombard no more orchids 29a back

..."Brief Moment," but anyone who's seen that film (and I presume whomever wrote that hasn't or didn't) is aware there are no nautical scenes in "Brief Moment." However, Carole can be seen looking through a porthole in her previous Columbia film, "No More Orchids":

No matter what film it's from, it's a stunning image of Lombard, which according to the seller is in "fine-very fine condition, with one nick in the right hand margin and a smaller nick on the lower edge, a tiny bit of dog earring, the image area is glassy, stunning, and dramatically lit."

Four bids, topping at $39 as of this writing, have been made for this vintage pic, with bidding ending at 9:46 p.m. (Eastern) a week from Thursday. To get in on the action, go to

Lombard's week-long stint handling publicity for Selznick International Pictures in July 1938 provided plenty of publicity (and images) for her (, Well, here's the flip side, also for Selznick, with Carole at an office, perfectly sober in appearance; the snipe on the back says it's for her upcoming film, "Made For Each Other":

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carole lombard made for each other 62a back

The seller lists this 8" x 10" image as in very good condition, noting "there are some minor creases at the corners."

One bid, for $9.99, has been made as of this writing, and bids close at 9:03 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. To place your bid or learn more, visit

The next two are both from Paramount films and the esteemed Lester Glassner collection. First, Carole from 1932's "No One Man":

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The seller can't identify the men with Carole; the one on the right looks to be Paul Lukas, but is the other fellow Ricardo Cortez, who completes the film's romantic triangle? I don't think so. It could be the director, Lloyd Corrigan. Anyone know?

The photo's single-weight, linen-backed and in very fine condition. Bids start at $49.95, and the auction ends at 8:32 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. Find out more at

Finally, a pic from "I Take This Woman" in 1931, where Carole's character, tired of life on a ranch in Wyoming, tells Clara Blandick she plans to leave husband Gary Cooper:

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It's a vintage single-weight in very fine condition; the seller adds, "No tears or stray markings. Some very minor edge trimming, likely due to the photo having been mounted at some point."

No one has yet bid on this pic, for which bids start at $29.95; bidding is set to close at 5:30 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. Curious? Then go to
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