August 11th, 2020

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Another view of the 'Collection'



Carole Lombard might not be entirely happy to hear how Stephen Danay reviewed "The Carole Lombard Collection I," her recently issued Kino Lorber 3-disc set of early 1930a films, in Under The Radar magazine (http://www.undertheradarmag.com/reviews/carole_lombard_collection_fast_and_loose_man_of_the_world_no_man_of_her_own).



Danay correctly notes Lombard has a secondary female role to Miriam Hopkins, making her film debut, in 1930's "Fast And Loose," adding Carole (shown at top in a still from the film) "doesn't have much to do beyond yelling at Hopkins' drunken wastrel of a brother to get his act together." Alas, Danay repeats the old canard about Lombard adding an "e' to her first name as a result of a typo in the credits; actually, she had spelled her first name as Carole since 1925 (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/394176.html).



Nor is Danay all that enthused about "Man Of The World" (1931), her first of three movies with first husband William Powell. (The critic erroneously writes the couple was married when this was made.) He describes "Man Of The World" as "plodding," calling it "the least essential film in the set." That leaves us with...



..."No Man Of Her Own" from 1932, which Danay says "takes the formula of 'Man Of The World' and manages to turn it into a genuinely sexy comedy." This time, the con artist is played by another future Lombard husband, Clark Gable. Danay says Carole's character, small-town librarian Connie Randall, "feels like the crystallization of her best instincts as a star. Loose-limbed and gawky, Lombard paved the way for every soulfully screwy romcom dame from Lucille Ball to Greta Gerwig." He praises her lack of pretension and her "inescapable earnestness."
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