vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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She's confessing...in French!

Very often, posters for Carole Lombard films playing outside the U.S. and Canada were designed with distinctive appearances...but not always. Sometimes, the local distributors would simply adapt what the studio in Hollywood was using, put in the local language, and voila!

That's the case for this poster advertising what would be Lombard's final film at Paramount, "True Confession." It's merely a French-language version of one ad running in the U.S. -- and the image of Carole appeals in just about any language:

Imagine this as a poster, 24" x 32". The good news is you don't have to imagine; it exists. The bad news is it will cost you $1,400 under eBay's "buy it now" option and that you must do it before 4:55 a.m. (Eastern) tomorrow. If you can, or simply want to learn more, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/TRUE-CONFESSION-CAROLE-LOMBARD-MOVIE-POSTER-/350341593912?cmd=ViewItem&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5191fc7b38.

And remember...c'est un Film Paramount! (And today is Bastille Day.)

I thought I would close with a song Louis Armstrong recorded at about this time called "True Confession," which turned out to be a moderate-sized hit for him. Unfortunately, it's not on YouTube, so in its stead, how about a similarly-themed song from Satch (and, frankly, a better record)? This is his famous 1930 version of "I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)"; the introduction is sublime, and Armstrong both sings and plays to perfection. Here it is off a British 78 rpm on the Parlophone label -- the same label that, more than 30 years later, would host another revolutionary act, the Beatles. The sound isn't the best (remember, this record is 80 years old), but Louis, as always, makes it worth a listen.

(Update: You can find "True Confession," and dozens of other Armstrong gems, at this site: http://www.redhotjazz.com/lao.html.)

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