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She...is everyday people!

Sly and the Family Stone's hit "Everyday People" was still three decades in the distance when "Made For Each Other" hit movie screens in February 1939. But as a way of preparing audiences for a different, dramatic side of Carole Lombard, Selznick International Pictures and its renowned publicist, Russell Birdwell, sought to sell an egalitarian angle to the picture and emphasize empathy in lieu of the laughs and glamour normally associated with Lombard. Three publicity photographs -- all with snipes, all now being auctioned at eBay -- make this obvious.

"...Miss Lombard is seen as a mother whose counterpart might be found in a million average homes." (Incidentally, Sylvia McClure, the eight-month-old Lombard is holding, is not listed in the Internet Movie Database for the film, though she is listed in an uncredited infant role for another 1939 film, "Young Mr. Lincoln.")

"NEW LOMBARD ROLE -- In a serious story of everyday people, Carole Lombard turns from comedy to straight drama in David O. Selznick's 'Made For Each Other.'" That's director John Cromwell, readying to put 10-day-old Bonnie Bell Barber in her crib, as he sets up a scene with Lombard and co-star James Stewart.

Here, Lombard and Stewart rehearse one of their newlywed love scenes for Cromwell (seated in a plaid jacket).

All these are 8" x 10" originals in good condition. Bidding for the latter two photos begins at $9.99, whereas bids for the pic of Lombard holding infant opens at #24.99. Bids for all three end between 9:40 and 9:45 p.m. (Eastern) next Monday.

For Carole holding the baby, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-MADE-EACH-OTHER-CANDID-w-SNIPE-VINTAGE-PHOTO-U504-/400272075022?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d3213290e. For Cromwell holding the newborn, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-JAMES-STEWART-CANDID-w-SNIPE-VINTAGE-PHOTO-U505-/380405104120?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5891e93df8. And for Lombard and Stewart in front of Cromwell, check out http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-JAMES-STEWART-MADE-EACH-OTHER-w-SNIPE-CANDID-PHOTO-U506-/200704452910?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ebaeae92e.

Oh, and did the publicity campaign work? "Made For Each Other" received generally good reviews, kicking off what would be a banner year for Stewart, but boxoffice was lukewarm.

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