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Carole plays the publicist

Posted by vp19 on 2011.10.11 at 01:01
Current mood: amusedamused

Over the years, we've run several entries regarding that week in July 1938 when Carole Lombard became the publicist for Selznick International Pictures, about a year after making "Nothing Sacred" at that studio and before she was to begin work on "Made For Each Other." There's been a story Lombard gave the Hollywood Reporter about her experiences (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/17287.html), as well as some fan magazine photos of her publicity tenure printed in a fan magazine and scanned my way by Tally Haugen more than six months ago (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/396772.html) from that huge box of Lombard clippings she obtained earlier this year.

We can thank Tally for the new material in today's entry -- "'Scoop' Lombard's One Wild Week," from the November 1938 Movie Mirror, at the time a sibling of Photoplay. That month's issue featured Jeanette MacDonald on the cover:

This was written by Kirtley Baskette, a few months before he would get in hot water with Lombard and much of the screenland studio establishment with his controversial Photoplay article, "Hollywood's Unmarried Husbands And Wives" (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/104986.html). A few clicks will enable you to see each page at full size:

Alas, we're left hanging because the story jumps to page 71, and it's either not in the box or Tally hasn't found it. If any of you have the magazine or win it at auction, please do readers a favor and send it our way. (An earlier comment from someone who was anonymous said Baskette was their father. If that person still reads "Carole & Co.", perhaps they can furnish the story's conclusion.)

We learn that Lombard pulled a .45 revolver from her desk and fired four blanks into the air, as well as that Carole had a foot pedal siren and pressed a button to unleash a fire gong. (It's unfortunate that Lombard and Leslie Nielsen, a noted prankster in his own right, never met.) It's amazing to see this dynamo at work, and apparently not as a lark; while she had fun doing it, she took the job seriously.

Sunday marked the third marriage of pop legend Paul McCartney, and to salute Sir Paul and his American bride, how about the classic Beatles love song "Things We Said Today," one of McCartney's best? (I love the melody, the chord changes, the bridge; I think you will too.) This was the flip side of the single "A Hard Day's Night" in the UK, but in America it was relegated to a slot on the Beatles' third Capitol album "Something New," and thus received comparatively little airplay stateside. Here it is, remastered in 2009 in all its brilliance:

By the way, we've added one more entry to the blogathon list that ran Monday -- it's from "Comet Over Hollywood," and discusses the outdoor self Lombard developed while married to Clark Gable (http://cometoverhollywood.com/2011/10/10/caroltennial-3-the-simple-glamour-girl).


(Anonymous) at 2011-10-11 06:27 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Two of my obsessions: Carole and The Beatles combined! Bestill my heart, Vince! Things We Said Today was the song that made me fall in love with The Fab Four so I am especially thrilled you chose that one. The lyrics and Paul's vocals are aces! Also, John would have turned 71 on Sunday. Coincidence?
(Anonymous) at 2011-10-11 06:31 (UTC) (Link)
Carole and The Beatles and one of my favorite songs? A winning combination!
(Anonymous) at 2011-10-11 06:33 (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to send two similar comments! Sort of testing there. Feel free to delete one and this comment too!
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