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'Screenland,' June 1933: Star-gazing, just in the nick of time

Posted by vp19 on 2014.08.15 at 15:36
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It's the spring of 1933, and around the Hollywood press corps, the word is that Carole Lombard's marriage to William Powell may be on shaky ground. The editors of Screenland magazine, keeping their fingers crossed, go ahead anyway with a profile of the couple. It's an "analysis" by William E. Benton -- not quite astrology, but certainly in the same neighborhood.

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Hokum, to be sure -- but this story includes two Lombard-Powell images I've never seen before. I'm particularly fascinated by this one:

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If "Fifty Shades Of Grey" had been issued in 1932, might this marriage have been saved?

Another pic is more conventional, but nonetheless intriguing:

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As things turned out, Carole would head to Nevada in late June to establish Nevada residency for a divorce, which took place in mid-August. So this was fortuitous timing by the magazine.

Lombard is featured elsewhere in the issue, such as in a review of "From Hell To Heaven":

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There's a story about Carole's famed star-sapphire ring being briefly lost, then found:

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And we learned that Lombard converted her dressing room into a de facto tea room...a very popular late-afternoon spot for Paramount personnel, including more than a few fellow stars. Got any Earl Grey, Carole?

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Constance Bennett, the actress who according to legend eased Lombard and fellow player Diane Ellis off the Pathe lot in late 1929 because she wanted no blonde competition, graced the cover of the June 1933 Screenland:

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And inside, younger sister Joan discussed Connie in length. From reading her later book, "The Bennett Playbill," it corroborates their relationship -- they were affable, but entirely different personalities:

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Screenland proudly proclaimed "Exclusive!" to an interview with Amelia Earhart, whose ties with the motion picture industry were closer than one might think. Here she is alongside Cary Grant, probably while she was working as a consultant on Paramount's "Wings In The Dark":

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The interview discusses aviation and its portrayal in the movies, and is well worth a read. I know Earhart met Myrna Loy, as I've seen photos of the two, but I have no idea whether Amelia ever met Carole, who like her would end up an aviation victim.

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