September 1st, 2019

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Where there's Hope, there's Carole (Lombard Gable, that is).




In May 1941, Carole Lombard and Bob Hope made their first and only teaming of any kind when they co-starred in a Lux Radio Theater adaptation of Carole's recent film, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith." Hope's next movie, the service comedy "Caught In The Draft." was to be released in July.

But they "teamed up" in another manner. Look at this:




Is it from their Lux appearance? Probably not; this is part of a multi-page autograph book. A letter of authenticity proves it:



Now, the letter in close-up:



One supposedly unusual angle to this autograph is that Carole signed with her full wedded name -- "Carole Lombard Gable." The seller plays this up:




I have no issue with the authenticity of Lombard's signature, but some of the other claims are spurious -- we know Carole was Clark Gable's third wife, not his first. Such an elementary error brings to mind a William Powell biography of some years back which repeatedly claimed Carole was from Ohio. Lombard's signing with Clark's name is rare, but not super-rare; we've seen it a few times.

Thus, we're skeptical about the price the seller seeks...$5,949.15 (or $286 for 24 months. (You can make an offer.) Perhaps adding Hope to the equation adds a bit of value. Whatever, you can check it out at https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Gable-Full-Name-Signed-Album-Page-JSA-COA-Rare-Clark-Bob-Hope/254347479389?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D55a6a3e6bcfc49489fba7ab16e01f897%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D254347479389%26itm%3D254347479389%26pmt%3D1%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2045573&_trksid=p2045573.c100667.m2042.

Hear the radio "Smith" via the Hitchcock Zone website (remember, Sir Alfred directed the movie with Lombard and Robert Montgomery). Go to http://the.hitchcock.zone/wiki/Mr._and_Mrs._Smith_(Lux_Radio_Theater,_09/Jun/1941)
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