February 27th, 2019

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A set where 'Nothing' was 'Sacred'

Was the set of "Nothing Sacred" the wackiest of any Carole Lombard feature? You can make a good argument on its behalf. Lombard, now with the rep as the queen of screwball following her triumph in "My Man Godfrey" the year before, was back for more. This time, she was directed by fun-loving "Wild Bill" Wellman in Hollywood's first three-strip Technicolor comedy feature.

Moreover, we have three examples of visual proof -- vintage proof you can purchase and have for your own.

A famous still from "Twentieth Century" three years earlier showed Lombard's lovely leg kicking John Barrymore. Perhaps on behalf of males everywhere, Wellman decided to give Carole a taste of her own medicine...

...as the director "choreographed" the fabled fight scene for co-star Fredric March:

Lombard's not in this photo, but a bare-chested Wellman is, for those of you into that sort of thing:

Note the stamp of approval from the Breen office -- something pics from Lombard films didn't always get (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/448257.html).

Finally, some stars may drive directors crazy, but never quite like Carole. At the wrap party, she and March gave Wellman a little gift for his post-filming recuperation:

As you can tell, shooting this feature was plenty of fun. And all these are vintage originals.

The kicking photo is $69, and is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/William-A-Wellman-kicks-Carole-Lombard-in-the-tush-VINTAGE-Photo-Nothing-Sacred/362520379931?hash=item5467e6021b. For bare-chested Bill, a pic that goes for $94, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/Director-William-A-Wellman-barechested-Nothing-Sacred-VINTAGE-Photo-candid/372519653932?hash=item56bbe6d22c. And the strait-jacket photo? It's also $94. Find out more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Director-William-A-Wellman-Fredric-March-VINTAGE-Photo/362567838261?hash=item546aba2a35.
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