vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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A "holy grail" found. Well, sort of.

Every memorabilia collector has, at one time or another, his or her own "Moby Dick," an item sought so desperately he or she can (figuratively) taste it. For me, I've been Captain Ahab on one particular piece of Carole Lombardiana, and a few weeks after this site's inception, I discussed it (http://community.livejournal.com/carole_and_co/5848.html).

If you're not in the mood to click the above, I'll rehash the info: it concerns a Lombard still picture I saw many years ago -- perhaps in a book, or someone's memorabilia collection, somewhere. It was seemingly based upon a movie from the early 1920s called "Orphans Of The Storm," directed by D.W. Griffith and starring sisters Lillian and Dorothy Gish, set in the tumult of 1700s France. Here's what the sisters looked like in the film:

For reasons known only to her, Lombard decided to do her own take on the subject, employing "trick" photography to turn her into twins. (If only she had been able to try a similar stunt in a film...and since she apparently was initially considered to star in Preston Sturges' "The Palm Beach Story," it might well have happened!)

In the entry, I ran the Gish picture, hoping that someone would have a copy of the Lombard version and send it my way. Alas, none did...until now, when Carole Sampeck of The Lombard Archive uncovered one she had in her vast collection. That's the good news. The bad? It's apparently a copy of a copy, and as such isn't in particularly good shape, similar to Michael Keaton's clone of a clone in "Multiplicity."

Without further ado, here's Carole, times two (apologies to Dr. Seuss):

Charming picture, isn't it? And imagine how amazing it would be in prime condition?

If you have a better version of this still, I implore you to send it this way (copy and paste is fine -- I'm not asking for the original!). The search continues...
Tags: gish sisters, preston sturges, publicity stills

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