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"My Man Godfrey" is one of Carole Lombard's most beloved films...and it also features one of her movies' rarest promotional items. That artifact is now available -- but let me warn you at the outset that even though it measures a mere 3" x 4", it won't come cheaply.

It's called "Diary Of A Debutante," and it's supposedly written by Carole's character, Irene Bullock:

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It's 10 pages, in "handwriting," and contains Irene's thoughts on the story (and her butler!), such as this:

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This particular copy is from the Genesee Theater in Waukegan, Ill. (yep, Jack Benny's hometown), where "Godfrey" was slated to play Nov. 1 to 4:

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The Genesee opened on Christmas Day 1927, showed movies until 1989, and has been restored as a performing arts center that occasionally shows films (legend has it that Benny had his own office in the building, where he could stay the night instead of registering at a hotel, but that may be in keeping with Jack's miserly comic persona). Here's how it looked in days of yore...and now:

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Benny would be proud.

I should note the seller even quoted me in describing the item (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/176193.html):

It was called "Diary Of A Debutante," and was 3 by 4 inches, with a pink cover; its "handwritten" 10 pages includes several stills from the film. I have no idea how many of these Universal issued -- but I'm guessing they're extremely rare, and among the most unusual items associated with promotion of a Lombard film.

The seller also borrowed a brief from Boxoffice magazine I had used in that entry:

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So the good news -- we finally know what this item looks like. The not-so-good news -- you may have to be a debutante to add this to your collection. (Dear Paris Hilton: Are you a Lombard fan?) The minimum bid on this is a whopping $3,500; you can attribute the gigantic price on both its rarity and its condition. (According to the seller, who's possessed this for some 30 years, it's in mint condition for its age.)

Bidding on this is scheduled to end at 11:10 a.m. (Eastern) Wednesday; should you come into an inheritance, marry into money or win big at a casino or lottery in the meantime, you can place a bid at http://www.ebay.com/itm/MY-MAN-GODFREY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-1936-DIARY-OF-A-DEBUTANTE/231062427629?_trksid=p2045573.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111000%26algo%3DREC.CURRENT%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D27%26meid%3D1569509211686428852%26pid%3D100033%26prg%3D1011%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D231062427629%26.

Carole's looking up in our latest Lombard LiveJournal header, Paramount p1202-205.
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