vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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One more banned by Breen

In December 2007, "Carole & Co." did an entry about what might well be the sexiest publicity still Carole Lombard ever made (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/62897.html), shot with John Barrymore for Columbia's "Twentieth Century." For those of you who don't remember it, it looked like this:

It didn't receive much attention at the time, despite all that Lombard leg (and a hint of nipple, if you look closely), because it was suppressed by the Motion Picture Advertising Advisory Council, headed by Joseph Breen.

As it turns out, that sexy image has a sibling, taken at the same session:

Even better, on the back, there's a snipe...

...and a stamp, testifying to its banning by Breen in March 1934, a little more than three months before the strict Production Code enforcement he championed for the industry went into effect:

This 8" x 10" rarity is being auctioned at eBay; the opening bid is $99.99 and bidding ends at 9:25 p.m. (Eastern) next Sunday. If you'd like to check this out for yourself and perhaps make a bid, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/1934-John-Barrymore-Carole-Lombard-Twentieth-Century-VINTAGE-Movie-PHOTO-54Q-/400246950646?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d3093caf6.

This week's header commemorates Carole's upcoming 103rd birth anniversary with a cake for her and second husband Clark Gable. (OK, so this was actually taken at the MGM commissary for their wedding anniversary, if you want to be technical.)

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