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Of 'Orchids' and Mohawks

Two Carole Lombard artifacts -- a vintage movie still and a deceptive postcard -- are up for auction at eBay.

carole lombard no more orchids 22b

First, the still of Lombard and Lyle Talbot from 1932's "No More Orchids." Carole plays one of the world's richest women, and from the look on her face down to her shiny, silk-stockinged legs, she's well aware of her power. A nice pic, one I'd never seen before.

It's an 8" x 10" original, in very good condition (some slight corner wear). Bids begin at $9.99 (none has been made as of this writing), and bidding closes at 8:13 p.m. (Eastern) on Sunday. Interested? Go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Lyle-Talbot-No-More-Orchids-1932-ORIGINAL-scene-still-/271013390537?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f19a828c9 to bid or find out more.

Yesterday's entry on July 1933 featured a photo from the North Adams (Mass.) Transcript. Let's return to that town in the Berkshires for this postcard, featuring a Lombard film on the marquee:

carole lombard white woman marquee north adams mass 00a

The seller writes, "This is a clean and crisp card, postally used, showing a great 1933 image of Main Street in North Adams, Massachusetts. The image can be dated since Carol Lombard is shown staring in the movie 'White Women' (sic) on the marquee of the Mohawk theatre."

Curious to find out the specific date it played, I checked the Transcript through the Newspaper Archive for late 1933 and 1934. No luck. Checking http://cinematreasures.org, I discovered why -- the Mohawk hadn't opened yet!

mohawk theater north adams mass 00

Further research showed the Mohawk opened in November 1938, and here's the crowd on its initial night:

mohawk theater north adams mass opening night nov 1938

Armed with this additional information, I returned to the Newspaper Archive and discovered that "White Woman" played the Mohawk at the start of June 1939:

carole lombard white woman ad 053139 north adams transcript

It's obviously not from 1933, when Rita Hayworth was still Rita Cansino, and the Three Stooges were working for Ted Healy and not making two-reelers. For further proof, look at some of the other films in town, including entries in the Dr. Kildare and Mr. Moto series:

carole lombard white woman 053139 north adams transcript

In the late '30s, several Lombard films were reissued to cash in on her popularity (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/95185.html), explaining why Paramount would bring back this potboiler.

The postcard will be available through 9:34 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday, with bids beginning at $4.50. More information is available at http://www.ebay.com/itm/North-Adams-MA-Main-Street-1933-Carol-Lombard-Movie-Marquee-/320941433345?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab999a201.

As for the Mohawk, it's still standing, though it hasn't regularly shown movies for more than two decades. The city has hopes of converting it into an arts center.
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