October 30th, 2013

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Seems we've seen that pic before...

carole lombard photoplay january 1934ob front

Getting a sense of deja vu about that photo of Carole Lombard holding perfume? Well, if you were here last Thursday, it's understandable, because that image (in cropped form) was part of a page we ran from the January 1934 issue of Photoplay:

carole lombard photoplay january 1934eb

In fact, that pic was the very photo used in the magazine; we have proof from the markings on the back:

carole lombard photoplay january 1934ao back

Note the "Hollywood Beauty Shop" reference. We also discover that sometime later, probably after Photoplay's demise in 1980, it made its way to the library of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

The above photo is among several of Lombard, each on sale at eBay for $125 or best offer. Here's another image Photoplay used and that we previously ran:

carole lombard i take this woman 46b front

Don't recall the context? We ran it last December; it was from the August 1931 issue:

carole lombard photoplay aug 1931 cal york closeup

Again, here's proof:

carole lombard i take this woman 46a back

Backless, and beautiful.

This next image doesn't come from a magazine at all, but from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (was it taken by Clarence Sinclair Bull?), and the only thing on the back is a snipe:

carole lombard the gay bride 28b front
carole lombard the gay bride 28a back

Note no title had been given the production. It initially was to have been called "Repeal," but MGM figured that had little appeal in post-Prohibition America, so it was changed to "The Gay Bride" (a title that would have a completely different meaning today).

The final pic available is one of Carole's Paramount portraits, specifically p1202-1422. Its back isn't shown, so it may well be blank:

carole lombard p1202-1422c

The "perfume" photo is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-1934-PUBLICITY-PRESS-PHOTO-/360778048785?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item54000c2511.

For the image of Lombard's back, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1931-PUBLICITY-PRESS-PHOTO-FROM-PHOTOPLAY-MAGAZINE-LIBRARY-/360778050535?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item54000c2be7.

To find the MGM photo, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-MGM-VINTAGE-PUBLICITY-PRESS-PHOTO-/360778049743?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item54000c28cf.

Finally, check out p1202-1422 at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-VINTAGE-PUBLICITY-PRESS-PHOTO-/360778048360?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item54000c2368.

Tonight marks the 75th anniversary of arguably the most famous radio broadcast in history, as Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater adapted H.G. Wells' "War Of The Worlds." By 2013 standards, it's hard to believe something such as this could provoke a panic among some people (my father, who had just turned 15, heard it and wasn't fooled), but radio then was still a relatively new medium, and many had not yet developed the sense of discerning what was real and what wasn't. (Before the broadcast, CBS altered the script to delete references to many actual organizations or groups; for example, the New Jersey National Guard was instead titled "the state militia.") Welles' broadcast still packs a punch as radio drama so many years later -- in case you're one of the few who hasn't heard it, or want to hear it again, here it is:

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