vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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How does one dance in French?

"Bolero," Carole Lombard's first dance film with George Raft, was a significant hit for Paramount, although some would say (with justification) that it hasn't held up over the years. But one area in which "Bolero" holds its own against any other title in Carole's catalog is posters. Paramount and its various international divisions created an array of posters for the film, and many of the designs are dazzling.

For example, take this one from France:

I think you would accurately describe it as stunning. Now just imagine the effect of it at 47" x 63", linenbacked and in excellent condition. (I can hear the "wows" coming from the readers.)

Well, you can have Carole and George decorating your wall (assuming you have the space!)...if you don't mind giving up $3,000 in return. That's the "buy it now" price for this item at eBay. (If you don't have that kind of dough, make a reasonable offer, and perhaps the seller will agree to it.) Visit http://cgi.ebay.com/BOLERO-1934-Carole-Lombard-George-Raft_W0QQitemZ300377286232QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item45efe1a658 to learn more.

As it turns out, the seller also has a poster from the other Lombard-Raft dance film, the less successful "Rumba," issued in 1935 (though it apparently wasn't released in France until 1936). And here it is:

It's evident that between "Bolero" and "Rumba," Carole's star stature had grown. Not only is she co-billed with Raft, but there's also a portrait of her in the lower left-hand corner. I'm uncertain whether "Twentieth Century," her breakthrough film in the U.S., had a similar affect in France, or whether Paramount had determined by now that Raft -- as a hoofer -- was not its answer to Fred Astaire at RKO and as such didn't warrant as big a buildup.

This poster is ginormous -- 63" x 94"; it's listed in very good condition and has been folded. That, and the relative low regard for "Rumba" as a film, may be why this poster's price is a mere $2,500 (or best offer). To learn more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/RUMBA-1935-Carole-Lombard-George-Raft_W0QQitemZ300377291534QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item45efe1bb0e.

Today's Christmas "music" is a 1958 record, "Green Christmas," made by the wonderful Stan Freberg. This satire of the mercenary side of the holiday caused some controversy in its day (some radio stations, thin-skinned over offending potential advertisers, refused to play it), and it still has plenty to say more than half a century later (even though cigarette ads have long disappeared from our TV screens). It's "Mad Men" meets Christmas, of a sort. Enjoy.


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