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Dueling one-sheets

Posted by vp19 on 2015.12.04 at 15:07
Current mood: curiouscurious

Back about 1933 or '34, Carole Lombard decided to give herself the sister she never had through the magic of trick photography (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/409319.html). It's an obvious homage to Lillian and Dorothy Gish in 1922's "Orphans of the Storm."

And speaking of two-for-the-price-of-one or something to that effect, there's a book I've suggested the Los Angeles Public Library order. Despite a massive collection of film-related books (something you'd expect from an LA library, right?), this one has somehow slipped through their fingers...

..."Dueling Harlows" by Tom Lisanti, an account of one of the oddest occurrances in Hollywood history -- two films issued in 1965, both with the same title ("Harlow") and both purporting to be biographical accounts of the briefly-lived 1930s sex symbol. Moreover, Harlow was played by blondes whose real first names were similar -- Carroll (Baker) and Carol (Lynley).

as it turned out, neither film was very good (as biopics go, both were down there with the later "Gable and Lombard"). Nevertheless, sometimes stories of disasters such as these make for fascinating reading (think "Heaven's Gate" or Ed Wood), so I'm hoping the LAPL accedes to my request and picks up this volume, published in 2013.

And speaking once again of "dueling," how about a pair of one-sheets promoting a movie starring both Harlow and Lombard? Huh, you say, they never made a movie together (though both were cast early on in "The Greeks Had a Word For Them"). Well, technically they did, but it was a compilation issued long after both had left us at a tragically early age -- 1958's "The Golden Age of Comedy":

You can buy this, rated in "very good" condition, for $49.95 at eBay. Go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Golden-Age-of-Comedy-LAUREL-HARDY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JEAN-HARLOW-58-1-sheet-/172019349699?hash=item280d26f8c3:g:ZscAAOSwHQ9WYfOz to find out more.

But hold on...you have a choice. Here's an identical version of that same one-sheet, from the same seller:

The difference, you ask? This one's in five-to-very fine condition (7.0 on a 10-point scale, compared to 4.0 for the other one), and thus it's selling for $65: Check it out at http://www.ebay.com/itm/GOLDEN-AGE-OF-COMEDY-58-1-Sheet-Carole-Lombard-Laurel-Hardy-Ben-Turpin-/371500754895?hash=item567f2ba7cf:g:w-IAAOSwwE5WYRJN.

So take your choice. Either way, you're saluting Lombard...

...and Harlow...

...ladies who could make you laugh even before they found a way to talk on screen.

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