Carole Lombard played a Boston girl, Jane (who marries to become Jane Mason -- we never do find out her maiden name), in 1939's "Made For Each Other." It's possible her character attended one of the many colleges in the Boston area, but if she did, it certainly wasn't Harvard, which at the time didn't admit women as undergraduates. (She might have attended Radcliffe, its associate college for women, which decades later would be gradually absorbed into Harvard.)
Why are we bringing this up? Because next Sunday, Lombard's "going" to Harvard...or, should I say, the Harvard Film Archive. And the movie she'll appear in won't be "Made For Each Other," but...
The film will be shown as part of a double feature at 7 p.m. Aug. 5; it will follow another comedy directed by Mitchell Leisen, "Midnight" from 1939, starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, Mary Astor and John Barrymore:
The films are part of the archive's centennial salute to Paramount Pictures, a series largely focusing on the studio's urbane 1930s period (the event began July 13 with 1932's "Trouble In Paradise," from Ernst Lubitsch, and 1948's "A Foreign Affair," from Lubitsch disciple Billy Wilder) and its 1970s revival under Robert Evans.
The Harvard Film Archive's 200-seat theater is at 24 Quincy Street in Cambridge, not far from the Harvard stop on MBTA's Red line (since parking in the area is difficult, public transportation is recommended). If you'll be in the Boston area next Sunday and have always wanted to see a Lombard film on the big screen, here's your chance.
For further information on the theater, go to http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/general_info.html; for more on the Paramount series, visit http://hcl.harvard.edu/hfa/films/2012julsep/paramount.html.