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A little portrait magic

Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.27 at 18:49
Current mood: impressedimpressed

As part of my Carole Lombard research for this blog, I peruse plenty of portraits of the lady, some of which I think I've seen before (but, since there's no Paramount p1202 or other studio tag, I can't completely confirm that I have). However, I'm nearly 100 percent certain I've never seen the pic above before, because I would've remembered it -- arms folded, glamorous, as if she were auditioning for a mid-thirties version of "I Dream of Jeannie." (I would bet Barbara Eden, a terrific comedic actress beyond that one iconic role, was a Lombard fan in her youth.)

It's one of three portraits of Carole that caught my eye today; here are the two others. First, this pic from 1938:

Then, this sepia-toned image:

All are 8" x 10" reprints available for $14.95 each. For the one with arms folded, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-8X10-PHOTO-H1386/401002044215?_trksid=p2046732.c100040.m2060&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107095009%26meid%3Dbcc277c6c46245b1a6c5d3421fc280d8%26pid%3D100040%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D401002044215. The 1938 portrait is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-8X10-PHOTO-H1382/401002043528?_trksid=p2046732.c100040.m2060&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107095009%26meid%3Da296e58a75c545baa418bbf4d1e1186f%26pid%3D100040%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D401002044215. And for the sepia shot, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-8X10-PHOTO-H1376/401002042442?_trksid=p2046732.c100040.m2060&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140107095009%26meid%3D77d3a1a8bf054c78b19b1708bdcfd530%26pid%3D100040%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D401002043528.

In all, the seller has 92 Lombard items available as of this writing, most of them photos selling for $14.95. Check his wares at http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=bills_collectibles_store&item=401002044215&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR7.TRC2.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard.TRS1&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.


(Anonymous) at 2015-10-02 12:16 (UTC) (Link)

True Confession

Maltin describes it as alarmingly unfunny, I think. Yeah, well, it isn't her best work. It was the very first Lombard film I ever saw, back on tv in Australia around 1970. Was the film a hit? Or did it bomb? She was riding high at the end of 1937, I believe (and perhaps you could elucidate on this) that she had achieved her highest box office ranking of #12 for that year.
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