The Superman character has thrilled millions of imaginations for more than 70 years, through comic books, radio, television and movies. For much of that time, his extraordinary powers have been explained by his residency on earth, a planet in a solar system with a yellow sun, unlike his native Krypton, which had orbited a red sun prior to its destruction. (For a perceptive look at how Superman has changed since his 1938 inception, visit http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13556951/wid/7468326/.)
Neither Cary Grant nor Carole Lombard, the Superman and Supergirl (or would Carole be better defined as Wonder Woman?) of screwball comedy, were aware of the powers they possessed in 1932, when they appeared in Paramount's "Sinners In The Sun." (Heck, the screwball comedy genre hadn't been invented yet.)
"Sinners In The Sun" was among Grant's earliest movies, as he was still in supporting roles. Lombard, who was top-billed, was a film veteran compared to Cary, but hadn't quite found her niche yet (neither had Paramount). Here they are in the film:
Grant and Lombard wouldn't be seen on screen together for another seven years; while they were both in "The Eagle And The Hawk" in 1933, Carole's only scenes were with Fredric March.
The image above, one I've never come across before, is derived from a negative of the original publicity still (I punched it up a bit to improve its clarity, although the seller says the negative itself is in fine condition). It's another in a series of Lombard negatives from this seller that's being offered at eBay. Bidding begins at $24.99 (as of this writing, no one has bid), and will close at just after 10:35 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday (Thanksgiving in the U.S.). If you'd like to learn more about it, or bid, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CARY-GRANT-1932-NEGATIVE-Photo-W263_W0QQitemZ400086609648QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5d27052ef0.
An interesting photo of cinematic superheroes Carole and Cary before they began the battle for truth, justice and romantic comedy (a battle they never fought as a team, alas).