August 23rd, 2020

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Two Glassner gems from '31, plus a 'Devil'-ish extra



The Lester Glassner estate has been a boon to Carole Lombard collectors for years, providing relatively rare stills from her films in excellent condition. Take the above pic as an example; it's a still-sized semi-lobby card for 1931's "It Pays To Advertise" featuring a line from the film. Accompanying Lombard are, from left, Eugene Pallette (five years before he'd re-team with Carole for the classic "My Man Godfrey"), Norman Foster and Skeets Gallagher. A close-up of the scene omits Skeets:



And here's the back, proving its Glassner origins:



The photo is in fine/very fine condition. It sells for $59.95, or you can make an offer. Learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/254697783023.

Also in early '31, Lombard and Foster paired for the comedy "Up Pops The Devil," from which this still derives:



Carole and Norman in close-up...



...and, once more, proof on the back:



It's also in fine/very fine condition, but is linen-backed. Consequently, it goes for $69.95 or best offer. To find out more, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/264841949936.

I discovered a slightly different pose of the two, though it's not under Glassner auspieces:




This one's in good condition, and you can buy it straight up for $49.95. Get all the info at https://www.ebay.ie/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-NORMAN-FOSTER-1931-UP-POPS-THE-DEVIL-/322555603742.

The phrase "up pops the devil" (or "up jumps the devil") was part of the popular vernacular in the early '30s, but I don't know whether its origin preceded or followed this brilliant 1931 recording by the Boswell Sisters, greatest of all jazz vocal groups. The Bozzies would change tempos, experiment with rhythms -- do a myriad of things that made them far ahead of their time. While they were white, they were from New Orleans and heavily influenced by black musicians; Ella Fitzgerald often cited Connie Boswell as a stylistic influence. "Shout, Sister, Shout" is a perfect example of their skill and innovation.

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