Here's a fairly rare, but lovely, Carole Lombard Paramount portrait, p1202-594, probably from about 1933. Not sure who took it -- maybe Eugene Robert Richee, possibly Otto Dyar -- but it captures Carole at her most captivating. It's up for auction at eBay; I'm assuming it's not original, since the seller says nothing about that. It measures 8" x 10", and bids begin at $7.49, with bidding closing at 12:26 p.m. (Eastern) next Friday. You can find out more by going to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Studio-Movie-Promotional-Portrait-Photo-/250915558648?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a6bbb94f8.
We've periodically noted the existence of glass slides for Lombard movies, promotional items theaters would use for coming attractions. (These slides served the same function as trailers.) A slide for her 1937 film "Swing High, Swing Low" is currently being auctioned:
This is the second "Swing High, Swing Low" slide we've seen -- we know it's different because whereas the first was blank at the bottom, this one has the wording "SAT DOUBLE FEATURE." (If only we knew the theater, or what the other film on the bill was.) It's from the same firm as the other slide for this movie -- Consolidated Film Industries, Inc., of Fort Lee, N.J., the town that briefly served as film's capital before everything went west.
Bidding begins at $9.99 (no bids have been made as of this writing), with bids closing at 10:29 p.m. (Eastern) next Thursday. If you're among the growing number of people collecting vintage movie glass slides and interested in acquiring this, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Glass-Movie-Slide-Carole-Lombard-Fred-MacMurray-SWING-HIGH-SWING-LOW-/110761835294?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19c9eb7b1e.
I'm going to be away for a few days, as I'm taking the train to visit my mother (she turns 91 on Tuesday!). Thought I'd leave you with one of my favorite train songs -- Bob Dylan's "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You," one of the highlights from his acclaimed "Nashville Skyline" album. This was released as a single in the fall of 1969 and was a moderate hit. Dylan here stakes his claim as one of the guiding lights of Americana music, and I think you'll love it as much as I do.
See you in a few days, and if you'd like to contribute an entry to "Carole & Co.", by all means do so. This site isn't meant to be a one-way street.
The latest header shows Lombard in the second of her three Pathe talkie features from 1929, "Big News." She's being held by Robert Armstrong, who would co-star with her later in the year in "The Racketeer." (Incidentally, "Big News" was directed by Gregory La Cava some seven years before he would reunite with Carole for what might be his best-known film, "My Man Godfrey.")