Note the University of Southern California decal on the car Carole Lombard is posed with on the December 1938 cover of Picture Play magazine. We bring this up because in at least one Lombard biography -- was it "Screwball" by Larry Swindell? -- it was noted Carole helped present a trophy to the winner of the SC-Stanford football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in either 1924 or 1925, (Not sure of the year, but Stanford won both times, and I've never seen a photo of the ceremony.)
Anyway, Lombard again has ties to Stanford...not the university, mind you, but a theater near the Palo Alto campus. The renowned Stanford Theatre, a superb revival house (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/29489.html), is showing two of her films tomorrow and Wednesday as part of its "Paramount Pictures: From 1930 to 1935" series.
"I Take This Woman" with Gary Cooper, once feared lost and relatively unseen since its unearthing two decades ago, will be shown at 7:30, alongside another '31 release from Lombard, "Ladies' Man" with William Powell and Kay Francis (set for 6:05 and 8:55).
If the print of "I Take This Woman" is the one I saw at the Billy Wilder Theater at UCLA nearly a year ago, you're in for a treat. While hardly a classic, it's a well-done drama made before Carole and Coop became icons. While I haven't seen "Ladies' Man" in years (and honestly, I recall Lombard wasn't very good in it), Powell and Francis -- always a welcome pair -- shoulder the load of this melodrama. If you're in the Bay Area, it's worth checking out.
But wait, there's more! Next Thursday and Friday (March 8 and 9), there's another Lombard twin bill! "We're Not Dressing," a musical take on "The Admirable Crichton" with Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Leon Errol, George Burns and Gracie Allen, runs at 7:30, with the 1930 "Fast and Loose," with Miriam Hopkins and Frank Morgan -- the only feature Lombard filmed in New York -- at 6:10 and 8:55.
For the rest of the program schedule, and it's a good one, visit http://stanfordtheatre.org/calendars/Paramount%201930-1935.html. As an earlier marquee indicates, Carole's films are familiar fare at the Stanford:
It's good to be back, folks, now that I have another laptop.