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Looking back: February 1932

Posted by vp19 on 2011.02.04 at 02:14
Current mood: thoughtfulthoughtful


Our second installment of Carole Lombard items via Google News comes from a month when theaters around the U.S. were showing her latest film, Paramount's "No One Man" (that's Ricardo Cortez with Carole above). There are a few things of note here, and we'll begin with something (almost certainly syndicated) from the Calgary Herald of Feb. 6, where Lombard insists the stories of those wild Hollywood parties don't apply in the sound era:



Staying in Canada, we turn to the Ottawa Citizen of Feb. 16. It turns out Lombard is having a problem that's apparently endemic to blondes (double-click to view it at full size):




We learn her favorite colors (at least in early 1932) were "chartreuse, bottle green, and pale, dusty blue." (Also note that near the end of the story, she uses the Canadian spelling of "practice," though I'm going to guess that was put in by a Canadian copy editor, not Carole.)

The next day, this ran in Florida, specifically the Sarasota Herald Tribune:



There's no byline, but some of the prose -- the frequent references to Paramount, adjectives such as "meteoric" and a description of "No One Man" as "perhaps the plum of her historic career" -- indicate this is likely a Paramount news release. But one sentence is indeed true: "Being a sensible young lady, Miss Lombard has not allowed success to turn her head."



Finally, Grace Kingsley interviews Carole in the Los Angeles Times of Feb. 14; Lombard and William Powell were among the guests at a home-christening party for actor Neil Hamilton and his wife. (Hamilton, a noted leading man of the '20s and early '30s who worked with D.W. Griffith and would appear in 1932's "What Price Hollywood?" with Constance Bennett, resurfaced in the mid-sixties as Commissioner Gordon on the "Batman" TV series.) Carole talked of William Powell Jr., whom Lombard occasionally saw when her husband had visitation rights:

"Carole Lombard told us how clever William Powell's little son is. She is probably well equipped to small boys as she was brought up with two older brothers, and told about 'borrowing' cigarettes for them from her mother's drawing-room table and of making and smoking cornsilk cigarettes in order to keep in good favor with them, so they'd let her 'tag.'"

Powell's son would commit suicide in late 1968; he was only 43.

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