March 18th, 2019

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The musical side of Carole in 'Jeopardy!'

We send best wishes to Alex Trebek, whose "Jeopardy!" reverse-quiz show has been a constant site of Carole Lombard cultural references (, But look at that stunning photo above, Paramount p1202-681, then examine the back:

Find that snipe hard to read? We'll make it bigger:

Now let's convert it into a "Jeopardy!" entry (if its staff wants to borrow this, be my guest):

This 1930 musical helped Carole Lombard land a Paramount contract

The proper reply (in the form of a question, of course):

"What is 'Safety In Numbers"?"

I'm not sure what category this would fall into -- "Pre-Code"? "Early Musicals"? -- but it would certainly be in the highest-priced group on the board. Past Lombard-related "Jeopardy!" references can be found at

This photo is up for auction at eBay. It's from the George Smoots Collection and is in excellent condition. Bids open at $39.99, with the auction ending at 10:29 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. Bid or learn more at
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