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Part of a complete, balanced 'Breakfast'

"Love Before Breakfast" is one of those Carole Lombard films where her talent for comedy, unleashed to the world in 1934's "Twentieth Century" and confirmed in the following year's "Hands Across the Table," is on full display -- but it's evident that the rest of the world hadn't yet caught up to her. (It wouldn't until Universal's other film with Carole, "My Man Godfrey," released later in 1936.)

Not that "Breakfast" is bereft of charm. The source is the short story "Spinster Dinner" by Faith Baldwin, a hugely popular writer of the day. (Her stories included the clever Clark Gable-Myrna Loy-Jean Harlow triangle "Wife vs. Secretary.") One of the writers of the film adaptation was an uncredited Preston Sturges, who'd worked with Lombard in 1930's "Fast and Loose." And the supporting cast is solid, led by Preston Foster and Cesar Romero as rival suitors.

But 82 years after its release, "Love Before Breakfast" is probably best known for a poster that would be anathema in today's #MeToo and #TimesUp environment:

(Just to clarify things, Lombard's Kay Colby character does not get the black eye from domestic violence, but merely from being a bystander in a fight.)

A few years back, the site "The Blonde at the Film" did a fine examination of "Love Before Breakfast," one worth checking out: https://theblondeatthefilm.com/2013/11/11/love-before-breakfast-1936/.

A rare original still from the movie now is available from eBay, picturing Lombard and Romero:

It's 8" x 10", and said to be "in very good shape with a small curl." You can buy it now for $17.95, or make an offer. In that case, the auction is set to close at 11:14 a.m. (Eastern) a week from Wednesday.

If you're curious, find out more by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-CESAR-ROMERO-Love-Before-Breakfast-Orig-1936-Photo/382336942937?hash=item59050ec359:g:1eUAAOSwYVhZb8pL.
Tags: #metoo, #timesup

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