Log in

No account? Create an account
October 2019   01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

September 14th, 2019

carole lombard 06

'Safety' in an unauthorized DVD

Posted by vp19 on 2019.09.14 at 07:58
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

Barely remembered today, 1930's "Safety In Numbers" turned out to be a pivotal picture for Carole Lombard. It was her first film at Paramount, as she played one of three Follies girls hired to chaperone young millionaire Charles "Buddy" Rogers around New York. (Lombard had worked with Rogers before, playing an unbilled bit part in the 1927 Mary Pickford vehicle "My Best Girl.")

Director Victor Schertzinger was so impressed by Carole's performance he suggested the studio sign her to a contract, which it did. A nice comeback for an actress dumped by Pathe the previous autumn, perhaps for looking too much like its recently signed blonde ingenue Constance Bennett (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/930067.html).

"Safety In Numbers" has never received an authorized DVD release, but in 2006 a firm named Loving The Classics released a version. I've never seen it, and thus can't comment on its quality, but a copy is now on sale at eBay.

Rogers sings a few songs, including "My Future Just Passed" (later a standard of sorts) and the curiously titled "I'd Like To Be A Bee In Your Boudoir." And as the photo at top confirms, you see many shots of Lombard and pals in lingerie.

According to the seller, it's used, but in very good condition "and plays through perfectly."

The DVD sells for $11.99. To purchase or learn more, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/SAFETY-IN-NUMBERS-Carole-Lombard-music-DVD-Josephine-Dunn-1930-Kathryn-Crawford/401881504595?hash=item5d92011b53:g:M5MAAOSw6kBdebDY.

Previous Day  Next Day