vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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On location with Kanin

I've mentioned this in the past, but it's worth repeating: "Hollywood" by Garson Kanin is a book every fan of classic Hollywood should own, or at the least read -- especially if you are a Carole Lombard fan. (And since you're here, I suspect most of you are.) Kanin directed Carole in her third-to-last film, 1940's "They Knew What They Wanted," and he paints an affectionate, vivid portrait of Carole and what made her tick. I once met Kanin and told him I envied any man who had known Carole Lombard; based upon how he describes her, I'm certain I wasn't the only person to tell him that.

Much of "They Knew What They Wanted" was shot in the Napa Valley of northern California, and RKO made sure movie fans were aware of this fact. So much so, in fact, that it issued a publicity picture showing the cast working on an outdoors scene:

On the back is some information from RKO:

That's Kanin in a pith helmet, by the way.

This photo -- likely a rarity, since I've never run across it before -- is currently being auctioned at eBay, though time's a wasting; bidding ends at 7:26 p.m. Eastern Standard time tonight (set those clocks back an hour if your area observes Daylight Savings Time). Bids start at $19.99, and despite its rare status, no one has bid on it as of this writing. If interested, please go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Photo-Carole-Lombard-Charles-Laughton_W0QQitemZ220500569269QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3356dbacb5

And check your library or used book store to see if Kanin's "Hollywood" is available.

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