Imagine owning a Carole Lombard portrait from the legendary George Hurrell. Imagine it oversized (11" x 14") and glossy, silver gelatin double-weight, and vintage -- with a Hurrell stamp.
Well, imagine no longer. It can be yours...for a price, mind you, but that goes with the territory. But first, two close-ups of the portrait in question:
...and two other views, one of the back:
It's in very good condition for an image more than eight decades old (it's said to be from 1937). OK, now for the details:
This goes for $500 -- but you can pay in 12 monthly installments of $46 if you don't want to shell out the cost in one fell swoop. Or you can make an offer.
Lombard was among Hurrell's favorite photographic subjects, working with her on several sessions. And this is one of her more sublime images.
Intrigued? Want to learn more? Then go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/11X14-GLOSSY-SILVER-GELATIN-CAROLE-LOMBARD-GEORGE-HURRELL-STAMPED-1937/123323707722?hash=item1cb6aa714a.
As many of you know, I'm venturing into screenwriting, focusing on the romantic comedy genre popularized by the likes of Lombard, William Powell, Myrna Loy and Cary Grant. My first script, "Stand Tall!" (https://filmfreeway.com/projects/476988), is a good-natured romcom take on the popular sci-fi subgenre of "giant woman" movies (think "Attack of the 50-Foot Woman" and its towering progeny).
Well, that tall tale of colossal Colleen Cossitt now has a little sibling...OK, everything seems little compared to 16-foot-1 Colleen. The newcomer to my stable of stories adds thriller elements to the romcom. Ladies and gentlemen, meet "Fugitive Sweetheart":
It's set at a small-town Colorado daily, where newly-hired reporter Duane Llewellyn, an emigre from the east, discovers copy editor Susan Birch resembles a high school classmate from 30 years ago -- only her name was Eloise Kellogg, and she was a star basketball player, the first girl at her school to be named athlete of the year (over the protests of Duane, sports editor of the school paper).
Susan denies she's Eloise, or that she's an athlete...but she's been given a new identity under the Federal Witness Protection Program. Her cover is accidentally blown when she makes a spectacular catch of an upper-deck home run that makes TV highlights across the nation. Her ex, a recently released Russian mobster she helped convict and who thought she was dead, vows revenge and tracks down Duane, Susan and their pals. There's romance on the run for these couples as they race through the heartland.
As was the case for "Stand Tall!", you can check out "Fugitive Sweetheart" (a title people love) and judge for yourself. Just go to https://filmfreeway.com/projects/1539874. I hope you'll enjoy it -- and intend to finish a third feature (a Hollywood time-travel comedy) by year's end.
My writing inspirations are Robert Riskin (shown on a date with Lombard in 1935), Norman Krasna, Nora Ephron and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith. I don't claim to be as facile as any of them, but it would be nice to have a fraction of their success.