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On Thursday, we ran an entry about the availability of one of the rarest promotional items from a Carole Lombard movie -- the 12-page "Diary Of A Debutante" booklet created by Universal and distributed to theaters to promote "My Man Godfrey" (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/635990.html):

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At the time, we ran its front and back covers, plus two of the inside pages. Today, thanks to the seller, we are able to run the booklet in full, so that classic film fans everywhere can view this amazing artifact from arguably the greatest of screwball comedies. Ladies and gentlemen, the inner thoughts of dizzy deb Irene Bullock (if you dare to wander there):

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And finally, the back page of this exploitation extravaganza:

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A fascinating look at the movie's storyline from Irene's point of view (and the "scrapbook" photos are a nice touch), but one wonders: Did this promotional piece have to pass muster with Joe Breen? There's certainly a sensuality to her thoughts on Godfrey, almost to the point of, well, doing something no debutante in 1936 would dare admit, as her patronizing, possessive view of him evolves from pet to potential lover. As Boxoffice described it, this is indeed "a peppy little booklet."

I thank the seller for making this 77-year-old item, unseen by all but a few for decades, available to the public -- with a reminder that if you wish to make this "diary" your own, you can...but you'll have to pay up (the opening bid is a whopping $3,500, and bidding is set to end Wednesday). All the info is 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.
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