I hope I'm not boastful when I say that after nearly 11 years of running this site and a few prior decades of Carole Lombard, I consider myself somewhat expert on the woman, her life and her movies. Does that mean I bat 1.000? Hardly.
Take the photo above, for instance. It's almost certainly a movie publicity still, and in the lower left-hand corner, you can ascertain that it's from Columbia, back when Harry Cohn's fiefdom was at Sunset & Gower. Beyond that...nothing. No studio information at the bottom, and if there's a snipe or other information on the back, the seller at eBay didn't provide it.
So I posted the pic at Facebook, where at last count I had 1,074 friends, and asked them (more than a few are fellow Lombard aficionados):
I'm drawing a blank on this photo. Anyone know which Carole Lombard film this is from? (Assuming that's Carole.)
Several quickly determined his identity, first among them Dan Day Jr., who took time out from celebrating Notre Dame's national title in women's basketball and waiting for the White Sox game that night to say it was Arthur Hohl. A view of his IMDb profile showed Hohl (1889-1964) appeared in two of Carole's Columbia films: "Brief Moment" (1933), as Steve Walsh, and "Lady By Choice" (1934), as Kendall. Several other responses said they believed it to be from the latter movie.
The 8" x 10" photo is said to be from the archives of the late New York nostalgia maven Joe Franklin, whose local TV talk show ran for decades and seemingly had anyone who was anyone as a guest. (When I resided in the New York metropolitan area, I saw Joe near his Times Square office several times.)
You can buy the still for $23.80, or try your hand at making an offer; bids are set to end at 12:49 p.m. (Eastern) May 2. Learn more by visiting https://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-8x10-B-W-Still/232719709966?hash=item362f2cf70e:g:~i4AAOSwdVFawl8J:sc:USPSFirstClass!90014!US!-1.
I'm unsure whether Franklin had Doris Day on as a guest, but today is her 96th birthday and we pay her tribute. Doris may be the female equivalent of Bing Crosby as both a hitmaker on records and major film star; she made many fine movies and is well-known for her work as an animal rights activist. Here's my favorite song of hers, her wonderfully romantic late '40s rendition of a song that dates back to the teens, "Pretty Baby":