March 23rd, 2014

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Ordering a double

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Many Carole Lombard fans believe she possessed a particular sort of magic...but the power to duplicate herself? Who does she think she is -- Jeannie? Samantha? Sabrina? And which one is the "evil" twin?

If you've never seen that particular pic of Carole x 2, there's probably two good reasons. First, it's from July 30, 1932. Second, it's from a Spanish-language magazine...Films Selectos, which we've discussed here before (most recently one month ago in In fact, here's the page in full:

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I'm guessing the image on the right was cut out and superimposed on the photo at left to give us double our daily dose of Lombard.

Carole graces two issues of Films Selectos, appearing on the cover of one printed sometime in 1937:

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Both have plenty of non-Lombard goodies, too. For example, in that July 30, 1932 issue, you'll find Marlene Dietrich and Clive Brook, from "Shanghai Express," on the cover:

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Inside, you'll find Fox players Elissa Landi and Neil Hamilton showing off some dance steps:

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There also are stories on Ginger Rogers (before she was associated with either Warners musicals or Fred Astaire)...

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...and Spanish-speaking favorite Dolores Del Rio (although she was actually Mexican):

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The issue from five years later also featured Del Rio in a full-page portrait:

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There's also an article on several young stars, including Deanna Durbin...

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...pieces on Pat O'Brien and Franchot Tone...

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...and a portrait of Randolph Scott:

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One bid, for $9.99, already has been made on the 1932 issue, which has 28 pages and measures 11" x 8.5"; it's in good condition. Bidding is set to close at 8:07 p.m. (Eastern) Friday. To place a bid of your own or simply to learn more, visit

The 1937 issue, in very good condition according to the seller, has one bid as of this writing, for $14.99; the auction ends four minutes before the other one. Find out more by going to

With Turner Classic Movies back to its regular schedule, it means "Silent Sunday Nights" has returned -- and tonight's showing (midnight Eastern, 9 p.m. Pacific) is one you shouldn't miss. It's "Girl Shy," for my money Harold Lloyd's greatest achievement...and that's taking nothing from his masterpieces "Safety Last!", "The Freshman" and "Speedy."

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Arguably the most clever plotline of Lloyd's career, he plays a nebbish who yearns for a girl and through a book he writes about the secrets of making love, earns several thousand dollars (although the publishing house mockingly renames his manuscript "The Boob's Diary"). When he learns the gal he loves is about to marry a bigamist, he does all he can to stop the wedding. (Yes, the premise later was used in "The Graduate," and Lloyd attended that 1967 classic's scene as a guest of director Mike Nichols.)

The key to "Girl Shy" is a hilarious, yet thrilling chase scene using an array of transportation modes, including a Pacific Electric streetcar. (It actually didn't travel as fast in real life, one advantage of silent cinema.) Variety wrote of this sequence, "The last two reels move along so fast, with so many thrills, that the average audience is going to stand up and howl." The chase scene provides a splendid snapshot of Los Angeles circa 1924, so let's experience this three-minute segment from the film:

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