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Attack of the supersized Lombard (posters, that is)

I had a little fun with Carole Lombard -- well, perhaps that should be big fun -- in 2013, when she was competing in the Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney. She had lost in the finals the previous two years, and I was determined that for Carole, the third time would indeed be the charm.

And thanks to a promotional campaign whose posters included this one, where Photoshop trickery magnified her to about 200 feet high, it was.

The larger-than-life Lombard is back, albeit at a far more manageable scale. In fact, while Carole's still big, she's probably small enough to fit into one of your rooms.

Last Friday's entry dealt with the 1933 horror flick "Supernatural," which could be bought in sizes ranging from 16" x 24" to 24" x 36" (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/927969.html),

Compared to today's offering, those are pikers. This version (from a different seller, I believe) measures a whopping 3 1/2' x 6 1/2 to 7'. Again, that's feet, not inches. Imagine that face, at that scale, staring at you. Overwhelming. As the seller notes, in addition to a custom frame for it,

"Be sure as well to have a very large wall in your home, office, warehouse, restaurant, bar or wherever you are putting it as the size is very, very large..."

Only one of these is available, and the price is somewhat large-scale -- $288.88 in Canadian dollars, which currently translates into $219.76 in U.S. currency. If you can fit a mega-Lombard into your life or are merely curious, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/SUPERNATURAL-1933-Carole-Lombard-POSTER-Very-Large-3-1-2-x-6-1-2-7-Feet-Long/163206454709?var=&hash=item25ffdcddb5.

Big Carole's a bit more manageable in our next poster, since she has a partner. It's George Raft, and this poster is from the 1934 pre-Code dance flick "Bolero."

This poster also is one-of-a-kind, measuring a mere 3 1/2' x 5'. The seller comments: "Makes an amazing impact when you see it in this very large format indeed on your wall." I would tend to agree.

It goes for $188.88 Canadian (US $143.69). Want to investigate this large vision of Lombard? Then go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/BOLERO-1934-Carole-Lombard-DANCING-Raft-POSTER-Very-Large-3-1-2-x-5-Feet-Long/382543984424?hash=item591165f728%3Am%3AmUcNYdQkgKhQnXDE1G_KS5g&var=651297789120.

The last of the king-sized Caroles isn't a movie poster at all, but an enlarged fan magazine cover...specifically, Motion Picture from November 1931:

This apparently comes in a variety of sizes, from a mammoth 3 1/2' x 4' to a miniscule 12" x 18". The Canadian price is $32.88; its U.S. equivalent is $25.01. How'd like to have that great big smile gracing one of your rooms? You can. Simply check out https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1931-Motion-Picture-POSTER-Not-Magazine-10-SIZES-18-To-4-FEET/382543985975?hash=item591165fd37%3Am%3Ambt65YNhJCvfFg3EAUy33hw&var=651297796480.

All of these are impressive, so while the real-life Lombard probably wasn't very tall (her stature was listed as everything from 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-6, with most accounts placing her on the shorter end of the spectrum), she certainly cast a large shadow over Hollywood...and perhaps one reason Colleen Cossitt, the heroine of the romantic comedy screenplay I'm seeking to sell (https://filmfreeway.com/projects/476988), is a lady to be looked up to.


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