College track star Carole Lombard gets advice from her coach, Daphne Pollard, in this still from the 1928 Mack Sennett short "Run, Girl, Run." Actually, this image derives from a 16mm print of Robert Youngson's first silent-era compilation, "The Golden Age Of Comedy" (1957), which also featured the likes of Laurel and Hardy...
...and Ben Turpin:
The reels themselves look like this:
The print came from a public library clearance, and the seller admits it "has many of the defects a person would expect from a well-used library copy: splices, sprocket hole tears, scratches. I watched the film all the way through before listing -- the opening title is missing from the opening credits. There are many jumps from splices and torn sprockets in the first few minutes at the beginning and end of each reel (less so on the second reel), making incoherent much of the Mack Sennett 'Laugh Factory' introduction (first reel), whatever is after 'Run, Girl, Run' (end of first reel), and much of the Ben Turpin segment (start of second reel). There are occasional splices and jumps in the rest of the film, but the stories are coherent."
No wonder it's listed as "acceptable," or that the minimum bid for this is a mere $15; the auction is set to end at 8:50 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday. I'm not sure how many 16mm collectors are still out there, but if you're one of them, you can learn more about this or place a bid at http://www.ebay.com/itm/The-Golden-Age-of-Comedy-16mm-1957-Laurel-Hardy-Will-Rogers-Carole-Lombard-/300873229622?pt=US_Film&hash=item460d712536.
Those interested in 16mm prints of classic films (even if they don't collect them) may want to head over to Syracuse, N.Y., the next few days for the annual Cinefest, which kicked off this morning and continues through Sunday. No Lombard films are on the schedule this year -- Carole will get plenty of exposure this August in nearby Rome, N.Y., when she's the featured star for Capitolfest (more on that soon) -- but there's plenty of good stuff, including two Mary Pickford films tonight, home movies from El Brendel tomorrow, Norma Talmadge's "The Woman Disputed" on Saturday and the annual memorabilia auction hosted by Leonard Maltin on Sunday. You can find out the schedule at http://www.syracusecinefest.com/node/63.
Meanwhile, how's Carole doing in the semifinals of the "Funny Ladies" division in the 1930s bracket of the 2013 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney? Quite well, thank you. As of 10 a.m. (Eastern) today, she's ahead of Jean Harlow, 42-19; barring a drastic change, it looks as if Lombard will get a rematch with Myrna Loy in the division finals, as Loy leads Jean Arthur by a similar margin, 43-17. In "Singers/Dancers," Joan Blondell continues routing Ruby Keeler, 54-2, and Eleanor Powell's in front of Bebe Daniels, 33-22. Voting ends early Saturday, so if you haven't done it yet, go to http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com, which also has links to the 1940s, '50s and '60s brackets.