The youthful Carole Lombard displays her teenage charms in the Mack Sennett short "The Girl From Nowhere." (It was released in August 1928, two months before her 20th birthday.) If the title sounds strange, that's because it was designed to evoke thoughts of "The Girl From Everywhere," a Sennett four-reeler (compared to the usual two) that had done good business and was among Lombard's first films with the Sennett troupe. So it's perfectly understandable why Mack hoped lightning could strike twice.
While nowhere (pardon the pun) as well known as its earlier counterpart in title, "The Girl From Nowhere" has received six votes in ratings from the Internet Movie Database, which may mean it's out there. (Then again, there have been instances where people have not only rated, but written reviews of films on IMDb that almost certainly no longer exist.)
So while we're unsure whether the film has survived, we know one poster has, and it's being auctioned at eBay:
That's what the poster being sold looks like; for a more optimal image, here's something from our files:
This linen-backed one-sheet poster measures 27" x 41", and is in very good to fine condition. The seller adds:
"Note that we can't be 100% certain that the beautiful Sennett girl on this poster is Carole Lombard, but it sure looks like her, and the two top billed ladies in this comedy short are middle-aged, and Lombard had made 22 movies by this time, and she was playing sexy roles (like 'flirty blonde salesgirl' and 'the swim star'), so I think it is extremely likely that the great stone litho image on this poster IS Lombard (the other three sexy girls in the cast did not have any significant success in movies, and I don't see why they would have been pictured over Lombard)."
The hair on the girl being towed is a darker shade than we expect from Lombard of this period, but the photos above reveal a less blonde hue than usual. I think we can safely say it's Carole.
As of this writing, only one bid has been made, for $9.95 (though the reserve hasn't been met), so you'll probably have to bid considerably more to get this onto your wall at home. And you don't have much time; bidding is scheduled to end at 11:37 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. If you'd like to get involved, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/GIRL-NOWHERE-1SH-MACK-SENNETT-CAROLE-LOMBARD-/230659492706?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b4608b62.
Oh, and that image of Lombard at the top? It's only part of that still, and I focused on her because she'd have been overwhelmed by its larger main subject -- Madalynne Field, who went unbilled in the film, who would later become Carole's close friend and personal secretary.