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To 'Power' a public(?) domain 'From Hell To Heaven'

Posted by vp19 on 2014.07.06 at 21:01
Current mood: pensivepensive

Two Carole Lombard films which never have received an official DVD release are being sold in that format. One is...

..."From Hell To Heaven," the 1933 Paramount programmer. The other is a Pathe silent from 1928...

..."Power," which incidentally was Joan Bennett's film debut.

The seller behind both items says these movies are in the public domain. I'm almost entirely certain of that regarding "Power," but not so sure about "From Hell To Heaven." Unless the rights to this film has lapsed (as was the case for a later Lombard Paramount vehicle, "Swing High, Swing Low"), it probably is property of Universal, which now holds the rights to several hundred Paramount sound titles made before 1948.

That Universal hasn't done much with these holdings regarding video or other release (yes, there was the April 2006 release of the "Glamour Collection" for Carole, Marlene Dietrich and Mae West, but next to nothing beyond that, at least for Lombard) is irrelevant; if it belongs to Universal, "From Hell To Heaven" is a bootleg. That no cease-and-desist order apparently has come from Universal's legal office means either

* it actually is in the public domain, or equally likely

* Universal holds the rights, but either has no plans for a video release or doesn't have it in marketable condition yet. (We hope it's the latter.)

"Power," which the seller admits is in "acceptable" condition, is on sale for $19.99 at http://www.ebay.com/itm/POWER-1928-DVD-WILLIAM-BOYD-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JOAN-BENNETT-/251580568650?pt=US_DVD_HD_DVD_Blu_ray&hash=item3a935ed44a. As for "From Hell To Heaven," it's deemed in "good" condition, is available for $15.99, and is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/FROM-HELL-TO-HEAVEN-1933-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JACK-OAKIE-/261525257620?pt=US_DVD_HD_DVD_Blu_ray&hash=item3ce41ebd94.

Carole's underneath orchids in Paramount p1202-463, our latest Lombard LiveJournal header.

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