vp19 (vp19) wrote in carole_and_co,

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Carole, Colman, Clifton, Cole (oh, and Dietrich, too). Then again...

Here's something new to my eyes -- a photo of Carole Lombard and Cole Porter! (And for the news few days here in southern California, it'll be "Too Darn Hot.") I had no idea they had ever met.

Porter's at far right, from left are host Clifton Webb, Carole, Ronald Colman and Marlene Dietrich. To borrow another line of Cole's, what a swell party this is.

The pic is from Webb's estate, an 8" x 10" vintage double-weight matte. It's in very fine+ condition.

Bidding opens at $95 -- a reasonable price for such a rarity -- but you don't have much time to go for it. The auction is scheduled to close at 2:59 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. To bid or learn more, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/Clifton-Webb-Party-Carole-LOMBARD-Ronald-COLMAN-Marlene-DIETRICH-Cole-PORTER/372373314633?hash=item56b32ddc49%3Ag%3ABw4AAOSwKs1bT4os&_sop=10&_pgn=4&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0&_from=R40&rt=nc.

As far as I know, Lombard was never mentioned in a Cole Porter lyric, but several other Hollywood notables were in this song, "Let's Not Talk About Love," from the 1941 Broadway production "Let's Face It," which includes the famous reference to Joan Bennett borrowing Hedy Lamarr's dark hair shade. This made Danny Kaye a star and led him to a splendid career in movies. ("Let's Face It" was made into a film a few years later, and while Betty Hutton sang the song with similar comic energy, the Bennett-Lamarr lines were removed.) Here's Danny, from an early Columbia LP:

Update: According to a person whose opinion I trust, the person listed as Porter in the eBay ad isn't him at all, but screenwriter/director/producer J. Walter Ruben (1899-1942). While he never worked on a Lombard film, his credits included "Symphony Of Six Million" (1932, screenplay) and the Jean Harlow film "Riffraff" (1936, director). Ruben was married to Virginia Bruce for several years, and died of a heart ailment soon after his 43rd birthday.

I apologize for the error; it isn't my first, and won't be my last.

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