Ah, what one goes through in screwball comedy! Carole Lombard, all wet after being caught in a downpour while on a World's Fair ride, can vouch for such travails in this pic from "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," her return to comedy following three years in dramatic roles better received by critics than the general public. The back of this photo lists more information from RKO:
The copy notes five copies of the taffeta gown (designed by Irene Lentz, I believe) were made for Carole, but only one survived filming.
This is one of seven photos from "Smith" up for auction at eBay. Six of them are from a group of eight continuity pics; this was No. 3, under the heading "Carole Lombard takes it." The other photos from this batch, first from "Carole Lombard takes it":
No. 2 shows her Ann Smith character with Gene Raymond, enjoying the ride till the rains came:
Rough on performers indeed, even on an RKO sound stage.
No. 4 is "Star takes a workout." Carole and Gene lug Ann's husband-turned-ex David Smith (Robert Montgomery) back to their Lake Placid cabin:
Next, No. 7..."still, there's romance." Why, yes, as Ann returns to the fold with David:
Other continuity pics were No. 2 from a campaign labeled "Screwball meets screwball"...
...and No. 8 from "How to shave a husband":
The only one of these seven pics not intended for continuity was this one:
All these photos are from the Marvin Paige collection, and all are original vintage pics. If you're a fan of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" -- famed director Alfred Hitchcock's lone foray into romantic comedy -- you'll want to add one or more of these pics to your collection. Opening bids range from $15.95 to $19.95, and bidding ends at 9:56 or 9:58 p.m. (Eastern) April 29, a week from Sunday.
For the top pic, where Carole's all wet, go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Original-CANDID-Studio-Set-Vintage-40-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-RKO-Photo/332626613466?hash=item4d721754da:g:EDwAAOSw-INa2T8i.
For "Carole Lombard takes it" No. 2, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-GENE-RAYMOND-Original-Vintage-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-RKO-Studio-Photo/392023851142?hash=item5b46714086:g:pf8AAOSwsQFa2Tyf.
No. 4 is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ROBERT-MONTGOMERY-Original-Vintage-40-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-RKO-Photo/392023852344?hash=item5b46714538:g:9vcAAOSwj2Ra2T18,
Find No. 7 at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ROBERT-MONTGOMERY-Original-Vintage-40-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-RKO-Photo/332626609434?hash=item4d7217451a:g:ai8AAOSwPbla2T02.
Track down "Screwball meets screwball" at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ROBERT-MONTGOMERY-Original-Vintage-40-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-RKO-Photo/332626610739?hash=item4d72174a33:g:BYEAAOSw1Fda2T3R.
Want the "How to shave a husband" pic? Go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ROBERT-MONTGOMERY-Original-Vintage-40-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-RKO-Photo/392023853842?hash=item5b46714b12:g:HmAAAOSwIM9a2T5U.
And the photo unaffiliated with any of the campaigns is at https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-GENE-RAMOND-Original-Vintage-1940-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-RKO-Photo/392023854221?hash=item5b46714c8d:g:a3wAAOSwkbxa2T6X.