July 1st, 2014

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Two musical ways to make a 'True Confession'

From right to left, Carole Lombard, Fred MacMurray and Una Merkel were having a riotous time in "True Confession," which turned out to be Lombard's last film at Paramount. It was a musical time, too, even though none of the three sang or performed in the movie.

As was the case for many studios at the time (late 1937, in this case), Paramount drew additional revenue from the sale of sheet music; a title song, for instance. Two examples of such -- one from each side of the Atlantic -- now are available at eBay.

Let's start with the version issued in Great Britain:

There's a music store stamp on it, and the seller lists it in "good+" condition. Bids begin at $35, and bidding is set to end at 8:15 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. To get in on the action, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/MOVIE-TRUE-CONFESSION-BEAUTIFUL-ALT-PIC-CAROLE-LOMBARD-1937-UK-Sheet-Music/111395788204?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D8023313154551838408%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D251576690973.

The other one, issued in America, looks something like this, along the lines of a cover of True Confessions magazine:

Actually, the version being offered is wrapped in cellophane. It's said to be in very good condition, but one senses the seller isn't well versed in film history. Witness:

* It's listed as being from "Adolph Zucker's 1937 movie 'True Confession.'" (Gee, I never realized the same family that gave us "Airplane!" and "Police Squad!" handled Lombard movies, too.)

* The seller isn't certain whether that's John Barrymore or MacMurray in the inset with Carole. Anyone familiar with Barrymore's condition in 1937 knows that isn't him.

Regardless, you can buy this straight up for $5.99; visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/JOHN-BARRYMORE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-FRED-MACMURRAY-True-Confession-MOVIE-SHEET-MUSIC/251576690973?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3D8023486216596416178%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D20131017132637%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D111395788204.

The back of the U.S. version has a profile of bandleader Russ Morgan, who apparently recorded the song, but it's not on YouTube. Neither is Louis Armstrong's version, which I have heard. Fortunately, Benny Goodman's version, with Martha Tilton on vocals, is available...so here it is:

Carole glances at us in our first Lombard LiveJournal header of July, Paramount p1202-459.
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