Somewhere, this bit of Carole Lombard news has Robert Osborne smiling.
The longtime host of Turner Classic Movies and film historian would be thrilled to learn that "I Take This Woman," the relatively rare 1931 Lombard-Gary Cooper collaboration whose 35mm restoration premiered at UCLA early last March, days before Osborne passed away, has been announced as part of the schedule for this year's Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, set for Hollywood April 26-29.
Now, it's entirely possible that Osborne saw "I Take This Woman" -- feared lost for decades -- in June 2001, three years after a 16mm print was discovered and then shown at Film Forum in New York, where he lived for many years. It made the rounds of a few revival houses, but went largely unseen until this recent restoration. I saw the 35mm premiere last year (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/859635.html), and it's a good film artistically, in pristine shape technically.
Recently, it ran at the Stanford Theatre in Palo Alto as part of its Paramount in the early '30s festival, and I'm thrilled TCMFF viewers will get to see it. I only hope its organizers screen it at one of the larger theater venues available, as Coop and Carole each have legions of fans.
Among the other titles announced are world premiere restorations of 1944's "None Shall Escape," starring centenarian living legend Marsha Hunt, and Mel Brooks' hilarious "The Producers," celebrating its 50th anniversary; silent gems "The Phantom of the Opera" and "Show People"; and romantic comedies "His Girl Friday" and "Woman of the Year." (This year's theme is "Powerful Words: The Page Onscreen.")
I've attended previous festivals, and there's plenty of fun and fellowship as you meet hundreds of other classic film fans. You can learn more about this year's event and get your questions answered by visiting http://filmfestival.tcm.com/.