April 27th, 2020

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Carole beaucoup, 'Pour Vous'

Welcome to a Carole Lombard Paramount pic that's new to me, p1202-64. It's not up for auction (at least not anywhere I've seen), but it's a bit different, placing Carole in a faux-tropical setting. From the coding, it's probably from early 1931, although it doesn't appear connected to any of Lombard's films from about the first half of that year ("It Pays To Advertise,""Up Pops The Devil," "Man Of The World," "Ladies' Man" or "I Take This Woman").

By in May 1931, a different Lombard image appeared on the other side of "the pond," specifically in France:

It's from the weekly movie magazine Pour Vous, which published 603 issues from its debut in 1928 until its demise amidst the Nazi occupation in 1940. More intellectual and sophisticated than its American fanzine counterparts (not to mention bigger, a whopping 12" x 17"), Pour Vous helped influence future generations of French film buffs. (The Museum of Modern Art in New York ran an exhibit on the magazine in 2013 -- https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/1337?locale=en.)

Lombard is pictured in a garden, most likely on the Paramount lot. Two months later, Carole again was on the back cover:

Then in August 1934, Lombard was a front cover subject, in a photo from her Paramount potboiler, "White Woman":

All three issues are complete, with lots of photos to compensate for any lack of French.

Both 1931 issues sell for $9.99. The one from May is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1931-LARGE-FRENCH-MOVIE-MAGAZINE/353062819284?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D4aef8d8069b64b8f95d5d560a71d0f6b%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D7%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D353062819284%26itm%3D353062819284%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2334524&_trksid=p2334524.c100667.m2042.

Its July counterpart at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1931-LARGE-FRENCH-MOVIE-MAGAZINE/353062820843?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D4aef8d8069b64b8f95d5d560a71d0f6b%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D7%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D353062819284%26itm%3D353062820843%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2334524&_trksid=p2334524.c100667.m2042.

As for the issue from 1934, it sells for $14. Find it at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1934-LARGE-FRENCH-MOVIE-MAGAZINE/353062724610?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160811114145%26meid%3D4aef8d8069b64b8f95d5d560a71d0f6b%26pid%3D100667%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D7%26mehot%3Dnone%26sd%3D353062819284%26itm%3D353062724610%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2334524&_trksid=p2334524.c100667.m2042.
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