Carole Lombard's return to comedy and penultimate film, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," co-stars her with Robert Montgomery under the direction of Lombard's good friend Alfred Hitchcock. But here are some stills from that 1941 where we see Carole not with Bob, but a man trying to woo her after Mrs. Smith discovers that due to a technicality, her marriage to Mr. Smith isn't quite legal.
Gene Raymond was Lombard's leading man in the 1933 Columbia drama "Brief Moment," playing a wealthy ne'er-do-well she tries to reshape. Here, he's Montgomery's business buddy who's always liked his wife... and now has a chance to do more than like her. Think of him as a Ralph Bellamy "third wheel" to Montgomery's Cary Grant.
Two vintage stills showing Lombard and Raymond now are available via eBay. The first shows Raymond visiting Lombard at her Lake Placid cabin. (The film's three leads live in New York City, but the Adirondacks were -- and are -- a popular winter retreat. My mother spent several seasons there in her youth.)
To prove it's vintage, here is the snipe on the same side as the photo...
...as well as the RKO stamp:
It's 7.25" x 9", in excellent condition from the Marvin Paige collection and goes for $19.95. Want it? Go to https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-GENE-RAMOND-Original-Vintage-1940-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-RKO-Photo/332915706028?hash=item4d835288ac:g:a3wAAOSwkbxa2T6X:rk:39:pf:0.
The other is vertical and shows Carole and Gene at the World's Fair in Queens in 1940. The weather is about to take a frightful turn
The rear snipe, and that weird font from the RKO publicist's typewriter:
This is slightly smaller, 7.25" x 6", and sells for $15.95. If you'd like to add it to your collection, visit https://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-GENE-RAYMOND-Original-Vintage-MR-AND-MRS-SMITH-RKO-Studio-Photo/332915706057?hash=item4d835288c9:g:pf8AAOSwsQFa2Tyf:rk:38:pf:0
Welcome to December, everybody.