vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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They also serve, er, act

One of the blessings of 1930s films are the array of magnificent supporting performers. The era was rich with outstanding character actors, and one of them was certainly Walter Connolly. Frequently cast as wealthy fathers -- think "It Happened One Night" or "Libeled Lady" -- Connolly had excellent timing, and his characters invariably had a splendid texture to them that made them more than archetypes.

Connolly made several films with Carole Lombard, most notably "Twentieth Century" and "Nothing Sacred," but also "No More Orchids" (where he played her wealthy father, just as he later would for Claudette Colbert and Myrna Loy in "It Happened One Night" and "Libeled Lady," respectively) and "Lady By Choice," from which this publicity still comes:

Connolly plays a judge in "Lady By Choice," Lombard a fan dancer whom he sentences.

As I write this, the still is available at eBay for $49.99; it's listed in very good condition. If you're interested, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/CAROLE-LOMBARD-WALTER-CONOLLY-Lady-Choice-f6853-/300387231886?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45f079688e, though I don't believe it will be up past noon (Eastern) today.

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