July 19th, 2020

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A few ways for Yoo to collect 'Mrs. Smith'



I'm not quite certain how to explain, or define, this photo of Carole Lombard with her "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" co-star, Robert Montgomery, or their director, Alfred Hitchcock. Is Hitch playing another of his fabled "mind games" with actors?

Whatever, Carole was at her most glamorous in this atypical (for Hitchcock) comedy, and perhaps was never more lovingly photographed:



Now an artist has captured Lombard's ethereal beauty in this painting:



The artist, Elizabeth Yoo, used india ink on watercolor paper to create the 14" x 12" artwork. If you'd like to own it, the cost is $1,516, and to purchase it, go to https://www.etsy.com/listing/650144975/carole-lombard-14x12-original-painting?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=carole+lombard&ref=sr_gallery-1-1&organic_search_click=1&frs=1.

A bit too rich for your budget, you say? Never fear -- it also comes in print form, measuring a slightly smaller 13" x 11" on semigloss archival paper:



That version sells for $53, and visit https://www.etsy.com/listing/635807984/mr-and-mrs-smith-art-le-print-of-50-by?ref=related-1&frs=1 to find out more.

Yoo's RuneWorks Productions (https://www.etsy.com/shop/RuneWorksProductions?listing_id=635807984&ref=shop_overview_header) has several specialties, among them Hitchcock blondes. Lombard is part of a collection of Hitch's fair-haired icons:



Pictured is Eva Marie Saint (with Cary Grant) in "North By Northwest." Three other favorites from the group are Madeleine Carroll in "Secret Agent"...



...Marlene Dietrich in "Stage Fright:...



...and Kim Novak in "Vertigo":



They are printed on museum matte paper, and come in two sizes -- 9" x 6" for $316 (https://www.etsy.com/listing/650650917/hitchcock-blondes-9x6-set-of-13-art-on?ref=shop_home_active_39&frs=1), and 6" x 4" for $81 (https://www.etsy.com/listing/636822716/hitchcock-blondes-6x4-set-of-13-art-on?ref=shop_home_active_4&frs=1). Both collections come with bonuses for Hitch (and Tippi Hedren) fans.

Nice to see Carole included among the Hitchcock blondes, and had fate not intervened, one wonders their future collaborations, probably more along the suspense films he was fabled for.



Time for star #17 on our 20-star list. Initially rising to fame as a menacing gangster type, he soon proved he could do much more, even sending up his image on occasion. He added a smart moral tone to the legendary film noir "Double Indemnity," was renowned for his real-life art collection and memorably closed his career in the sci-fi classic "Soylent Green." The brilliant Edward G. Robinson:

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