October 1st, 2019

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When the Smiths came to Radio City



If you worked at a New York-area newspaper in early 1941 -- and at the time, there were about a dozen dailies in Manhattan, Brooklyn and other boroughs, not to mention scores of weeklies -- there's a good chance this Carole Lombard photo came across your desk.

It's RKO CL-258, an image I've never seen before. As usual, Lombard looks pretty stylish. But wait, there's more! Look at the back of the photo, explaining why the papers received it in the first place:



It's to promote Lombard's latest film (and her return to comedy), "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," at the midtown tourist attraction, Radio City Music Hall:




Several of Carole's films had their New York premiere at this magnificent showplace, including "Nothing Sacred" (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/275026.html) and "In Name Only" (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/1011667.html). So having "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" at Radio City was no surprise.

And a check of the 1941 calendar shows Feb. 20 indeed fell on a Thursday. Then there's this ad from the period:



The 8" x 10" vintage single-weight portrait, from the George Smoots collection, is in excellent condition. One bid has already been made, for $39.99.

The auction ends at 10:57 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. To get involved in the bidding, go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Original-Vtg-1941-PORTRAIT-Photo-w-CAST-LIST-MR-MRS-SMITH/143371993691?hash=item2161a3025b:g:zFQAAOSwTsNdbaWV.
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