April 6th, 2020

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Lombard and LeRoy -- oh, baby!

Carole Lombard is pictured with Paramount child star Baby LeRoy on the cover of the June 1934 Screen Book. (Note LeRoy gets lead billing.) We've previously noted the meteoric career of this toddler actor (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/770525.html), and now the studio still that inspired this portrait has surfaced.

I can't make out the p1202 number, but we do know what film it was going to be from:

"It just isn't possible." For Lombard and motherhood, that sadly was true.

It's from "You Belong To Me," and while Paramount issued a film by that name in 1934, the Lombard project was retitled "Now And Forever," and Baby LeRoy was replaced by a child actor whose fame soon would eclipse his -- Shirley Temple.

Later that year, a Spanish-language publication used the still:

The photo, an 8" x 10" original in excellent condition, is available at eBay. Bids open at $8.88, with the auction ending at 9:15 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. To bid or for additional information, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/1934-Press-Photo-Actress-Carole-Lombard-Baby-LeRoy-You-Belong-to-Me/362962340514?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D73b85311301b4f37b054c71aa8e4d412%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D8%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D362962340514%26itm%3D362962340514%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2334524&_trksid=p2334524.c100667.m2042.
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