Take two honest-to-goodness cinematic legends, one who's been on a U.S. Postal Service stamp (Gary Cooper) and one who should be (Carole Lombard), make them leads in a film, and you'd have something nearly all of us would be able to see, right? Not in the case of 1931's "I Take This Woman."
Rescued from oblivion in the late 1990s when a 16 mm print was found in the collection of author Mary Roberts Rinehart, whose story "Lost Ecstasy" was adapted into the Paramount film (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/45444.html), "I Take This Woman" has been seen on occasion since 2001 at places such as lower Manhattan's Film Forum and the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, Mont. (Helena was Cooper's hometown, as it was Myrna's, and although they knew each other as youths, they curiously never made a movie together.) A few other places have run this rarity as well...but not very many. It has never been shown on Turner Classic Movies or any TV channel, nor has it been issued on DVD or home video. As a result, only a handful of Lombard (or Cooper) fans have ever seen it.
Consequently, it's easier to locate this still from a cigarette case, now on sale at eBay, than to see the actual movie itself.
The stainless steel, double-sided case measures 4" x 2 3/4" x 5/8".
You can fit all sorts of items inside -- things such as "a driver's license, business cards, 14 credit cards, coins, bills, 16 cigarettes (long or regular), iPod, MP3 players, earbuds, gift cards, or nearly anything else," according to the seller.
If you're a fan of Coop and Carole, this could be useful. It's selling for $13.99, and you can buy it or find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gary-Cooper-Carole-Lombard-I-Take-This-Woman-ID-Wallet-Cigarette-Case-USA-Made-/161778352780?hash=item25aabdc28c.
These may be the closing days of July, but television production is in full swing. I know, because this Friday, I'll be over at Warners in Burbank to see a filming of the third-season premiere of my current favorite situation comedy...
..."Mom," starring the talented tandem of personal comedic fave Anna Faris and the always-wonderful Allison Janney.
Many of you may have forgotten "Mom," since its second season ended April 30. (And because it airs on Thursday nights and will be pre-empted by CBS pro football coverage for several weeks, its season opener won't air until Nov. 5.) Talk about a withdrawal for "Mom" fans (then again, since the two leads portray mother-and-daughter recovering addicts, perhaps that isn't the most appropriate term to use).
The Chuck Lorre series has won plenty of praise from critics, and a billboard promoting it ran on Sunset Boulevard this summer:
Complimentary tickets for the opener went fast, and as of today the next available "Mom" filming will be on Aug. 28. If you're a fan of that series, or any other that tapes or films before an audience, get your ticket by visiting http://audiencesunlimited.com/. It's a fascinating experience.