January 24th, 2020

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'Dressing' in 16mm



Stunning still of Carole Lombard, isn't it? Well, yes and no. That's her, all right, but it's not a publicity still. Instead, it's a frame grab from a 16mm print of her 1934 Paramount musical comedy (a reworking of "The Admirable Crichton")...



So, for that matter, are all the images you'll see in this entry, including this of Lombard by herself, looking properly regal (as an heiress should)...



...and this of Carole with Ethel Merman:



We'll soon provide more info on this 16mm print, but for now take a look at this incredible cast. The lead, Bing Crosby...



...Leon Errol...



...the aforementioned Merman...



...Ray Milland (who'd become a major star in the '40s) and Jay Henry (this would be his lone film credit) as two princes on board the yacht...



...and George Burns and Gracie Allen as two nature researchers on the island where Carole's yacht is shipwrecked:



In addition, there's a bear on the yacht for comic relief:



(Unfortunately, one of the female extras on the set was fatally attacked by the ursine.)

The print is in very good condition, if you're into collecting 16mm film. Bidding begins at $199, but you don't have much time to bid; the auction ends at 10 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday.

Interested? Get all the information at https://www.ebay.com/itm/16mm-WE-RE-NOT-DRESSING-1934-BING-CROSBY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-BURNS-ALLEN-FEATURE/362887822829?hash=item547dccbded:g:tBUAAOSw61BeJQLM. And enjoy the assorted 16mm hijinks.

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