Here are some Carole Lombard goodies you can acquire through eBay if you hurry.
First, take a look at this stunning pic, a lobby card for the rarely seen 1931 Paramount film "I Take This Woman" (and to whomever has the rights to this rediscovered movie -- please find a way to get this issued on DVD or at least shown on Turner Classic Movies!):
Looking stylish in her equestrian outfit, Carole's character, Kay Dowling, tells her aunt Bessie (Helen Ware), "He's bad for wild horses and -- wild women...", the "he," of course, being Gary Cooper. (And we presume in this context "bad" means desirous; if it's the other definition, call the police and the humane society.)
This photo is from the collection of Gerald T. Robert, who owned the Capitol Theater in Trois Rivieres, Quebec. It became a movie house in 1929, and Robert retained all the lobby cards until his death. There's a slight, unobtrusive stamp of his in the lower right-hand corner; in the upper right-hand corner, there's a seal of approval from the Quebec Censorship Board.
The collection also features a photo from the film Lombard made just before this one, "Up Pops The Devil":
The Robert stamp is visible in the upper left corner, as Lombard's Anne Merrick puts her foot down and tells Joyce Compton's Luella May Carroll to stay away from her husband (Norman Foster). "Get out! I'm making the money, this is my place," Anne says; she's a dancer playing the breadwinner while her husband is writing a novel.
No one has made a bid yet on the "Up Pops The Devil" photo, for which bids begin at 99 cents. Two bids have been made as of this writing on the "I Take This Woman" photo, topping out at $5. To bid or learn more on the "Devil" photo, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-LOMBARD-Up-Pop-Devil-movie-still-photo-1931-/300524271482?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item45f8a4777a; for the "Woman" photo, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-LOMBARD-take-Woman-movie-still-1931-/300524271508?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_2&hash=item45f8a47794. But you don't have much time for either, as both auctions expire at 7:39 p.m. (Eastern) tonight.
In the past, we've run several entries on Hollywood Patterns, the Connecticut company that sold patterns of outfits which either were worn by stars or inspired by them. Another pattern with Lombard's image on the package is now available:
This is pattern 1017, a one-piece frock with detachable peplum, and it's actually part of a two-pattern package being sold on eBay; the other one, #1177, features Claire Dodd. The seller says of Lombard, "loved her," but Dodd? "I don't know who that is either." Okay, to answer:
Dodd, shown above in 1932, was an Iowa native born nearly three months after Lombard, who had a small uncredited part in "Up Pops The Devil." She later moved to Warners, where she was never quite a star but played supporting roles in a number of films, including "The Match King," "Footlight Parade" and "Hard To Handle." You can also see her in the Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers-Irene Dunne musical "Roberta."
As of this writing, four bids have been made on the patterns, with the high bid at $13.26; bidding is slated to end at 1:59 p.m. (Eastern) on Wednesday. To check it out, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/2-Vintage-30s-Hollywood-Patterns-Carole-Lombard-Dress-/140510650401?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20b7166021.