To officially mark her return to comedy in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," Carole Lombard used the first day of shooting at RKO to capitalize on a quote attributed to director Alfred Hitchcock: "Actors are cattle." So what did Carole do? The September 1941 issue of Hollywood magazine supplies the answer:
Lombard treated Hitch in much the same way she treated Harry Cohn when she was loaned out to Columbia -- giving it as good as she got -- which probably explains why both were so fond of Carole. Had she lived and done more projects with Hitchcock, including some on his suspense turf, one doubts he would've been able to play the same mind games on her that he did with so many other of his leading ladies.
"Mr. & Mrs. Smith" made the rounds of moviehouses at the start of 1941, drawing praise from those who had missed Lombard generating laughter, and we have two souvenirs from that time period. First, from the Roosevelt Theatre at First Avenue and 10th Street in lower Manhattan:
The other is from the Palace Theater -- but it's not the famed venue on Broadway, because this is located on 14th Street. Which 14th Street remains a mystery; a check of http://cinematreasures.org shows no theater by that name on 14th Street, at least not in Manhattan. Anyway, here it is, and its format is similar to the two-sided sheet used at the Roosevelt:
Both leaflets measure 7" x 11 1/4" and are said to be in fine condition.
The Palace leaflet has a minimum bid of $13.99, with the auction closing at 9:43 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. Bid or learn more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940-Palace-theatre-SIX-Movie-leaflet-WC-Fields-Hopalong-Cassidy-Carole-Lombard/381335363986?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D29979%26meid%3D05b64eb1309b48039a67836ef7fb03f6%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D351459387829.
The Roosevelt leaflet auction closes at the same time, although its opening bid is a mere $11.99. Additional information can be found at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940-New-York-City-Roosevelt-theatre-4-Movie-leaflet-Judy-Garland-Carole-Lombard/351459387829?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D29979%26meid%3De92169cac68b4208b9a224eb936932e3%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D381335363986.