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It takes two to 'Rumba'

Posted by vp19 on 2011.05.24 at 00:48
Current mood: hopefulhopeful

In "Rumba," released in early 1935, Paramount tried to make lightning strike twice with the dancing combo of George Raft and Carole Lombard, so sexy and successful at the box office in "Bolero" a year before. However, it was received coolly and didn't make much of an impact.

Perhaps it was a case of going to the well once too often, or maybe the strict imposition of the Production Code -- which came in between the pictures -- lessened its appeal. (No Lombard dancing in lingerie this time, fellas.) Or maybe RKO's Astaire-Rogers musicals, which featured better dancing, two stars who could sing, and songs from some of Hollywood's top tunesmiths, had stolen their thunder and defined the genre.

Whatever, there are several items at eBay related to "Rumba," and here are two of note. First, this photo of George and Carole:

This is an original 8" x 10" photo from a newspaper file, received Feb. 6, 1935, and you can buy it for $28.88. To learn more, visit http://cgi.ebay.com/1935-Carole-Lombard-George-Raft-Rumba-Wire-Photo-/270727317044?pt=Art_Photo_Images&hash=item3f089b0634.

Next, a Lombard solo shot to promote the film:

The snipe on back reads, "GLAMOROUS CAROLE -- The Lombard girl at Paramount, who is at present appearing opposite George Raft in 'Rumba,' being directed by Marion Gering."

This original portrait, p1202-948, shows Carole in bangs and was received in February 1935 as well. It's 7/5" x 10" and deemed in good condition, though it's had some wear and minor creasing over the years. It's also a "buy it now" item, though this will set you back $100. Interested? Go to http://cgi.ebay.com/1935-Carole-Lombard-Rumba-VINTAGE-1930s-Movie-PHOTO-26f-/380256193133?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5889090a6d.


(Anonymous) at 2015-05-24 00:37 (UTC) (Link)


beautiful Carole but the photographer should have had her turn her bracelet around; and showed her bracelet better---not the clasp. sorry, I just think so!

Is she so beautiful that no one notices the clasp??? I love Carole Lombard!
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