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'No One Man,' and more than one clipping

Posted by vp19 on 2011.03.27 at 18:31
Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

"No One Man," in which Carole Lombard cavorts with Ricardo Cortez (top) and Paul Lukas, isn't considered one of her prime Paramount vehicles. But it was a fairly prestigious property given for her to star in, an adaptation of a popular novel by noted author Rupert Hughes (Howard's uncle).

And someone, somewhere, was enough of a fan of either Carole or the film to collect an array of advertisements and images for it.

From the names of the theaters listed, we know the "somewhere" -- the San Francisco Bay area. Loew's Warfield, on Market Street, which opened in 1922, was one of San Francisco's better-known movie houses; the same applies to the Paramount, in Oakland, an Art Deco gem that opened in 1931, the year before "No One Man" showed in the East Bay. (Both theaters are still around and primarily function as performing arts venues.)

That water-skiing shot used in the ads is actually Paramount p1202-92, and its background reveals that whether or not Carole ever water-skied in her life, it certainly wasn't on this occasion:

The seller also has bunches of clippings from other pre-Code films, including Jean Harlow's "Red-Headed Woman," "The Beast Of The City" and "The Public Enemy"; the Marx Brothers' "Horse Feathers"; Barbara Stanwyck's "Night Nurse" and "The Miracle Woman"; Greta Garbo's "Susan Lenox: Her Fall And Rise," "Mata Hari" and "As You Desire Me"; and Fay Wray's "Dirigible" and "Doctor X." For the entire list, go to http://shop.ebay.com/pipelinemba/m.html?_trksid=p4340.l2562.

As for the "No One Man" package, it has 14 clippings in all, wrapped in a protective mailer; bids open at $4.20 (as of this writing, no bids have been placed), with bids closing at 2:43 p.m. (Eastern) on Saturday. Interested? Visit http://cgi.ebay.com/Carole-Lombard-Paul-Lukas-Film-No-One-Man-1932-/250794742315?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a6488122b to learn more.

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