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Lombard's private tongue-lashing

Posted by vp19 on 2010.07.16 at 02:08
Current mood: enragedenraged

One week plus 70 years ago today -- July 9, 1940 -- Jimmie Fidler led off his Los Angeles Times column with this tidbit:

"The day those best-of-pals photos of Carole Lombard and Charles Laughton were published, she gave him a tongue-lashing that's had few equals for heat and fury."

We didn't see the photo, presumably for the upcoming "They Knew What They Wanted," in question; could one of them have been this?

Or maybe this one:

Or this:

This last photo is from the cover of a 1941 Mexican magazine that's actually a Spanish-language novelization of the movie that began life in 1925 as a play by Sidney Howard (and, in the mid-fifties, evolved into a Broadway musical, "The Most Happy Fella").

The magazine is roughly 6.6" x 4.5" (digest-sized) and features an array of stills from the film. You can buy it for $9.99 at eBay, though if unsold, it will only be available until about 2:30 a.m. (Eastern) on Saturday. Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/41-CAROLE-LOMBARD-magazine-CHARLES-LAUGHTON-NOVEL-rare-/200451861335?cmd=ViewItem&pt=Magazines&hash=item2eabdcab57.

Oh, and one more thing: Wouldn't you have loved to have been present when Lombard -- who generally got along with just about everyone in the industry -- went ballistic on Laughton?

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