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Looking back: April 1932

Posted by vp19 on 2011.04.20 at 09:16
Current mood: annoyedannoyed
It's time for the latest in our looks back at Carole Lombard in the newspapers, and this entry examines her in print in April 1932.

We've shown this photo of Carole Lombard in a swimsuit before, but never knew its colors (although in a hand-painted Australian poster, it was shown as gold and brown). Well, thanks to the St. Petersburg Times of April 10, 1932, we've finally learned its actual colors:

"There's color in women's sport wear this spring -- whether it's for swimming, lounging on the beach, motoring, traveling or just general wear. Carole Lombard of the films wears a distinctly 1932 bathing suit. It's one of the popular ribbed models, and the top part is white with the trunks and designs in bright blue."

Carole looks hale and hearty in that photo and this one, but it wasn't a particularly healthy month for her, as the San Jose News reported on April 27 with this AP item:

"Seriously ill for the past two weeks as the result of a nervous breakdown, Carole Lombard, screen actress and wife of William Powell, actor, was reported out of danger today. Announcement that she had passed the crisis in her illness was the first word given the public she had been ill."

Apparently, assignments given by her home studio didn't enhance her state of being -- or so syndicated columnist Mollie Merrick reported in The Day of New London, Conn. on April 16, following a report of a dispute between Paramount and Josef von Sternberg:

"Just to add more trouble to the Paramount situation, it is rumored that Carole Lombard has asserted herself about her next picture, 'Hot Saturday,' saying that she doesn't like it and won't appear in it.

"Perhaps this story is somewhat exaggerated, as it doesn't seem a wise thing for one so newly prompted to big parts to say.

"Especially when her studio has done so much toward building up her popularity. Anyway, now that the Dietrich-von Sternberg argument has been brought to a head, we'll see about Carole Lombard."

In this case, when Lombard put her lovely foot down, she got what she wanted. When "Hot Saturday" came to theaters, the leads were:

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