vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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To the power of the Lombard leg (each of them!)

It's been more than two months since Angelina Jolie caused a furor by extending her right leg (and thigh) wearing a slit dress at the Academy Awards. Actresses have long known a glimpse of one leg is often more seductive than seeing two, and Carole Lombard was no exception. Here's proof -- a promotional photo for "Lady By Choice":

Snipes from Carole's Columbia film portraits are relatively rare, so its presence is appreciated. This purports to have been taken at Lombard's Hollywood Boulevard house while she was "enjoying a bit of privacy and relaxation...until the photographer walked in." We assume that it was someone she knew, that he'd already made an appointment -- and that he was going to want some leg art...

This is yet one more rare Lombard pic from the folks at Hollywood Paper; it's an 8" x 10" listed in "very good-" condition (they define "very good," without the minus, as "Fairly nice condition, shows some wear, has a few to several flaws"). You can buy it straight up for $119.95, or you can make a starting bid of $106.95; if the latter option is chosen, bidding expires at 10:38 p.m. (Eastern) Monday. Buy, place a bid or find out more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/BEAUTIFUL-CAROLE-LOMBARD-SHOWS-HER-SEXY-LEG-1934-LADY-CHOICE-/320898217431?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab70635d7.

That "sexy leg" is her left one, but Carole didn't discriminate. Five years before "Lady By Choice," Lombard made her first all-talkie, "High Voltage" for Pathe. One of the photos gave a glimpse of her right leg, wrapped in a rather thick winter stocking:

The seller didn't show what the back of the photo looks like, though it was stamped "HIGH VOLTAGE key set." Like its counterpart above, it's also 8" x 10" and in very good condition (aside from slight corner wear), but it should be substantially cheaper. As of this writing, only one bid has been made, for $9.99; bidding ends at 5:02 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. Interested? Visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-ORIGINAL-1929-scene-portrait-High-Voltage-/270965145540?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f16c7ffc4 to place a bid or get more information.

So, which Lombard leg do you prefer? To make a better comparison, here are both of them, displayed as equitably as I could find:

Of course, to go water skiing -- or even to give the illusion you're water skiing -- you have to set both legs far apart.

For some reason, Lombard never managed to make a movie with Joel McCrea, but he worked with many of the great leading ladies of Hollywood -- six films with Barbara Stanwyck, five with Miriam Hopkins, four with Constance Bennett. Like Gary Cooper, he was a native of the west (born in southern California in 1905) who was comfortable in just about any role. He loved westerns, and made more than his share of them; in fact, from 1953 on, that was the only genre he worked in.

TCM salutes this fine and likable actor in May. McCrea is the channel's Star of the Month (something many have been clamoring for on TCM message boards for quite some time), and you'll be able to see him each Wednesday, beginning tonight. Things kick off with two of his Preston Sturges-directed movies, "Sullivan's Travels" at 8 (Eastern) and "The Palm Beach Story" at 9:45. (At 4:15, if you can record it for later, is the saucy pre-Code "Bed Of Roses," above, starring McCrea, Bennett and wisecracking Pert Kelton. And at 7 a.m. is 1929's "Dynamite," a film from which Lombard was fired by Cecil B. De Mille; it features McCrea as a supporting player.) The last two Wednesdays in May will be dominated by McCrea's westerns.

For more on this popular star, visit http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/480406|0/Joel-McCrea-Wednesdays-in-May.html.

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