October 20th, 2018

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Roping in those 'Hearts And Spurs'

The other day, we noted an artifact from one of Carole Lombard's Fox silent westerns with Buck Jones, "Gold And The Girl." Now another item from one of their unfortunately lost collaborations, "Hearts And Spurs," has surfaced. (It would be the only time Lombard would be directed by W.S. Van Dyke, who was at the helm for several films in the "Thin Man" series.)

Like the other item, it's a billhead -- part of the business side of show business -- and it's dated Sept. 12, 1925:

(Permission to run the above image is courtesy of its eBay seller, "mybuysalot.")

The billhead, addressed to the "Palace Theater' (which one? Who knows?), measures 8" x 10". Unlike the previous Lombard billhead, this is being auctioned, not sold. Bidding opens at $9.99, with the auction closing at 12:32 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. If you're interested, place a bid at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Movie-Billhead-Fox-Film-9-12-1925-Hearts-Spurs-Buck-Jones-Carole-Lombard/153223761354?hash=item23acd90dca.

And perhaps someday, this and other movies Carole made before her 1926 automobile accident will be uncovered, more than 80 years after their nitrate prints were destroyed in an archive fire.

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