Now that my home Internet service is fully restored, I again can daily display some Carole Lombard goodies found at eBay. Tonight, I found two original film stills of Lombard, both from the pre-Code era.
First, above, is from "Brief Moment," a relatively overlooked 1933 Columbia film derived from a successful Broadway play. Fortunately, the snipe is on the reverse, filling us in on the particulars:
Reginald Mason, who's handing the check, was a noted stage actor who appeared in three silents between 1917 and 1921, but the San Francisco native wouldn't return to film until 1932, and played bit parts, often uncredited. (One of those was in "My Man Godfrey," where he plays the mayor who weds Irene Bullock and Godfrey Parkes.) Mason guested on three TV series in the early '50s and died in July 1962, two weeks after his 87th birthday.
Donald Cook (1901-1961) was a popular character actor throughout the '30s. He appeared in many Warners pre-Codes, including "The Public Enemy," "Safe in Hell," "Taxi!" (uncredited) and "Baby Face."
The other photo hails from 1932; it lacks a snipe, but we know it's Walter Byron alongside Lombard:
Byron (1899-1972), from England, had leads in a few second-tier Hollywood films during the '30s and supporting roles in top-line features such as "Three Wise Girls" and "Mary of Scotland."
The "Brief Moment" pic is available for $39.95, or you can make an offer; it's in fine/very fine condition. Bid, buy or learn more at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-STUDIO-PHOTO-BRIEF-MOMENT-PRE-CODE-DONALD-COOK-1933/263522450727?hash=item3d5b297d27:g:NyQAAOSwvKtY~M-W.
The same conditions apply to the "Sinners in the Sun" photo, though its "buy it now" price is $49.95. Check it out at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-PHOTO-SINNERS-IN-THE-SUN-PRE-CODE-WALTER-BYRON-1932/263522450721?hash=item3d5b297d21:g:bfUAAOSwRIRZhiFL.