April 20th, 2020

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'Big News' about a Lombard rarity




Which is the best of Carole (or as she was known then, "Carol") Lombard's three talkies for Pathe? I, and more than a few others, would cast a vote for "Big News," probably the least-seen of the three.

It helps that one-time Hearst animator Gregory La Cava directs rather than the pedestrian Howard Higgin, although here La Cava is nowhere as inspired as he would be on "My Man Godfrey" seven years later. It's a newspaper drama, a genre this former reporter and copy editor enjoys.

While Lombard is second-billed as the reporter wife (a "moral wife for the first time," publicity notes), it's really Robert Armstrong's film, and he carries it well as a newspaperman framed for a murder. (Armstrong, best known as the male human lead in the 1933 classic "King Kong," had a long career. Two weeks ago, Turner Classic Movies showed him as one of the bad guys in the Bob Hope-Jane Russell western comedy "The Paleface.")

We looked back at "Big News" a few years ago (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/924754.html), and today we uncovered a rare publicity still from the film:



Now, Carol(e) in close-up:



Finally, the back of the pic, followed by an enlargement of the snipe:




Another from the Lester Glassner collection, this keyset photo is an 8 1/8" x 10" single-weight in very fine condition. You can buy it straight up for $69.95 or make an offer. Purchase or get additional information at https://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-PATHE-KEYSET-PHOTO-BIG-NEWS-PRE-CODE-VF-1929/254204190532?_trkparms=aid%3D1110001%26algo%3DSPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131231084308%26meid%3D4d0b33af574741bb845d7c609fe393a3%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D5%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D333580342853%26itm%3D254204190532%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109.

And that's the "News" for today.

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