vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Couldn't you use a little more ('Sinners In The) Sun'?

Nearly a week ago, we ran an entry regarding a European poster advertising the Carole Lombard film "Nothing Sacred." Well, here's more Lombard memorabilia from the Continent -- this one from her 1932 Paramount movie "Sinners In The Sun."

This is the first poster I've seen for this film in any language; heretofore, I've only viewed lobby cards and fliers. As was the case with "Nothing Sacred," the title is not literally translated, again possibly for religious reasons. (And since "sun" is nowhere in the translated title, the poster doesn't show Lombard in a swimsuit, unlike the American promotional push.)

The film played at a theater called the Eden, and was slated to run from Oct. 30 to Nov. 5, 1932. For some houses of the era, that was a long run, since many switched features after two or three days. I'm not sure where the Eden was located (it may be in Belgium), but a check of CinemaTreasures.org shows one in La Ciotat en Provence, France. It opened in 1899 -- four years after the Lumiere brothers, who lived in the area, began making films -- and is reportedly the world's oldest movie theater. According to lore, "The audience was completely astonished to see on the screen a train rushing in their direction." The theater is being restored, befitting a historical landmark.

Regardless of where the theater playing the film was, this is a lovely poster, 24" x 32"...but it won't come cheaply. The sale price is $2,800, and it will be available until 11:49 a.m. (Eastern) July 14 -- Bastille Day. Got the dough? Then go to http://cgi.ebay.com/SINNERS-SUN-CAROLE-LOMBARD-MOVIE-POSTER-/140417201363?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b18474d3.

I'll close with two photos I don't believe I've run before -- Paramount publicity stills from "Sinners In The Sun," designed to provide an on-the-set view of production. (The man watching Lombard is director Alexander Hall.)


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