November 29th, 2019

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The 1932 'meet cute'



Too often we view "No Man Of Her Own" through the prism of what was to come for Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, which really isn't fair to either the film or to its leads. In 1932, each had other spouses, and while celebrities' marriages are volatile by nature, no one at the time expected them to wind up with each other. The only romantic sparks that flew came strictly from their characters and the lines each were given.

So the following picture shouldn't be viewed as "this could be the start of something big" for Gable and Lombard, but for New York City gambler Babe Stewart and upstate librarian Connie Randall. Movie parlance in '32 didn't include the terms "rom-com" or "meet cute," but both apply to this photo:



Connie's at a newsstand, en route to work. From his sly smile, Babe's sorta flirting with this blonde. Upon meeting him, she's yet to be convinced, but in true rom-com fashion, he pursues her, woos her and wins her.

Some twists and turns follow for Babe and Connie; for Clark and Carole, it was just another assignment, with Gable loaned from MGM under certain contractual stipulations that forced original female lead Miriam Hopkins to bow out of the project (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/950009.html).

This doubleweight key book still is 8 1/2" x 11", in very good to fine condition. It has some minor blemishes, but is otherwise in solid shape (the back side is blank). You can buy it straight up for $60; to buy or find out more, go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-1932-double-wt-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-key-book-NO-MAN-OF-HER-OWN/163924576702?hash=item262aaa89be:g:neEAAOSwIJZdqKX0.
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