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A quintet of Carole from Walter   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.18 at 12:34
Current mood: enthralledenthralled

carole lombard love before breakfast 21c preston foster

Few Carole Lombard fans would label “Love Before Breakfast” as one of her finest moments on screen, but this 1936 Universal comedy has its charms. And if you’re a fan of the film, this might be of interest to you — Walter Reuben at the fine site Walterfilm has a rare poster from the movie on sale:

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Some of you, especially those who deem themselves experts on Lombard memorabilia, might think, “Haven’t I seen that somewhere before?” Well, not quite; a similar poster surfaced in cyberspace a few years back, but look closely and you’ll note several differences, notably in the shape (the one at the top measures 36″ x 14″):

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The poster up for sale is described this way by Walterfilm:

“This rarely seen poster is bright in color and offers a glamorous yet comedic pose of the very talented star. Unfolded, there is soiling to the blank white border, more so on both sides of the bottom third of the poster. There is creasing at the bottom right corner and there are four small edge tears, which are ½” to 1″ (2.5 cm.), one near the bottom left edge side of the poster and three at the right edge of the poster. These are not major issues and this poster has brilliant colors — and try finding another one unfolded. VERY GOOD.”

All things considered, it’s in splendid shape, especially since it’s unfolded — and adding rarity to the mix, it’s no wonder the asking price is a whopping $4,000, probably beyond the reach of all but the most serious of Carole collectors. You can learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOVE-BEFORE-BREAKFAST-1930-Vntg-orig-insert-poster-Carole-Lombard-BRIGHT-color-/231334764169?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35dca05e89.

However, Walterfilm has four other Lombard items for sale, and their combined cost is less than half the “Love Before Breakfast” poster. Two are from her 1934 dance film “Bolero,” a 14″ x 22″ window card…

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…of which the seller says, “The colors on this poster are stunning. It has been cleaned, restored and re-backed with top and borders repainted, with background touch-ups and a bit of touch-up on Raft’s jacket and hat, a bit of touch-up on right edge of Lombard’s skirt. VERY GOOD.”

The other “Bolero” item is an 11″ x 14″ single-weight glossy silver gelatin publicity still heretofore unseen by me and in “near fine” condition, showing Carole and George Raft getting dressed to dance:

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The window card sells for $600 and is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOLERO-1934-Vintage-original-window-card-STUNNING-poster-Raft-Lombard-Vry-Gd-/231272077642?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35d8e3d94a. The still has an asking price of $350; for more info, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/BOLERO-1934-Vntg-orig-gelatin-silver-still-photo-RAFT-LOMBARD-prep-for-show-/231334841368?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35dca18c18.

Next up is a 21-year-old Lombard in 1930 and a portrait for “Safety In Numbers,” her initial film for Paramount, and what may be the first photo Eugene Robert Richee ever took of her:

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carole lombard safety in numbers 106a back

Reuben says of the photo, “Minor emulsion flaw above her lip, not bothersome, trimmed by publication, VERY FINE-.” It’s selling straight up for $300, or you can make an offer. Go tohttp://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-SAFETY-IN-NUMBERS-30-BEAUTIFUL-VNTG-ORIG-8X10-PORTRAIT-VF-/230734301579?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b8d6098b for additional information.

Finally, a promotional still for “My Man Godfrey,” possibly from a keybook for the film:

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This “Vintage original 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo,” said to be in “very fine” condition, is selling for $350 — although, as is the case with the “Safety In Numbers” photo, you have the option of making an offer. Find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/MY-MAN-GODFREY-36-CAROLE-LOMBARD-VNTG-KEY-BOOK-STILL-/320487270286?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4a9e87a78e

Posted September 18, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

King and queen together, times two (oh, baby!)   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.17 at 23:19
Current mood: draineddrained

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There’s a misconception that once Carole Lombard and Clark Gable were married, they stayed at the ranch and eschewed nightlife completely aside from film premieres or charitable work (e.g., promoting Greek war relief). Actually, the Gables occasionally drove down from Encino to have fun times, though hardly to the extent they did before they were linked as a couple.

Take the image above, for instance. From the snipe on the back, we learn it’s from August 1941, with Clark and Carole dropping by Ciro’s, owned by Billy Wilkerson of Hollywood Reporter fame on Sunset Boulevard:

carole lombard clark gable 1941a ciro's back

It’s one of two vintage photos of the couple up for auction; the other is from December 1940 and was taken outside Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore:

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While we now know quite a bit about their visit and the real reason they were at Hopkins (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/86196.html), the snipe with this pic adds some more information (did Clark and Carole ride from Washington in a car provided by President Franklin D. Roosevelt?):

carole lombard clark gable 1940 johns hopkins 02a back

The photo taken in Baltimore measures 7″ x 9″ and has an opening bid of 99 cents, but expect several bids to be made before this auction closes at 9:57 p.m. (Eastern) next Tuesday. To bid or get more information, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-CLARK-GABLE-Elegant-Couple-of-Cinema-/261592812228?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ce8258ac4.

The pic from Ciro’s is 8″ x 10″ and has two bids as of this writing, topping out at $1.04, and ends one minute before the Hopkins shot. Curious? Then visithttp://www.ebay.com/itm/1941-Original-Photo-MRS-MR-CAROLE-LOMBARD-The-Queen-with-THE-KING-/251644813676?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a9733216c.

There’s one more pic of Carole with a male…but he’s substantially younger than Gable:

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carole lombard made for each other 75a back

Most of us know this 6″ x 8″ image is from “Made For Each Other,” where Lombard plays the wife of James Stewart and whose character has a baby. But one of those who didn’t know was the seller, who lists it as “A Vintage 1940s Original Photograph featuring Carole Lombard holding her little one.” (Carole never had a child, and if she’d had one at the time “Made For Each Other” was made, it would have raised quite a fuss, since it was filmed in late 1938 and she and Clark hadn’t married yet.)

One bid has been made, for 99 cents, and the auction ends at 9:58 p.m. (Eastern) next Tuesday. Learn more about the photo at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940s-Original-Photo-CAROLE-LOMBARD-with-a-Her-BABY-/281438859212?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4187102fcc.

Posted September 18, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Fit for a princess (even a fake one)   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.16 at 12:12
Current mood: stressedstressed

carole lombard p1202-1329

It’s always a pleasure to find a previously unseen Carole Lombard Paramount p1202 portrait, and so it is with great pride today I unveil p1202-1329, from 1936. With the furry outfit Carole is wearing’s it’s obviously designed to promote her upcoming film, “The Princess Comes Across,” where she plays a Brooklyn showgirl trying to pass herself off as a Swedish princess on board a transatlantic ocean liner, headed to America (and eventually Hollywood).

This photo is along the lines of p1202-1328, which likely was taken at the same session and was a profile shot:

carole lombard p1202-1328a

Getting back to p1202-1329, it’s an 8″ x 10″ vintage with a foreign-language stamp, according to the seller. The photo “is in nice shape, with wear in the borders and corners.”

Unless the bidding surprisingly amps up, collectors of original Carole portraits may find this pic in their financial neighborhood; bids open at $7.95, with the auction scheduled to end at 6:50 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. Interested? Go to http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c149/VP19/lombard%20p1202/VINCENT-PC/carolelombardp1202-527c.jpg to learn more.

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Today marks the 92nd birthday of Janis Paige, always a welcome presence on stage, in movies or on TV for several decades. (That photo on the right was taken two years ago -- we all should age so gracefully!) In her honor, here’s a song she performed in the 1957 MGM musical “Silk Stockings” called “Satin And Silk,” a salute to the sexual power of women’s undergarments (something most of us already know). I think of it as the ’50s equivalent to the famed “Jazz Up Your Lingerie” from “The Smiling Lieutenant,” and I’m pretty certain Cole Porter was aware of that song when he sat down to write this one:

Posted September 16, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

You’ve got questions, we’ve got…   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.15 at 15:51
Current mood: productiveproductive

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One of the things I most enjoy about running Carole & Co. is that I can provide information about Carole Lombard to those who have questions — particularly where her memorabilia is concerned. For example, take the picture below:

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It’s among several Lombard images a seller is offering — and while this person knows a lot about grading photos, he or she wasn’t entirely aware of what the photo was about (and that’s not meant as a criticism — were I in that business, handling photos and related items from many classic-era stars, I’d probably be similarly unsure regarding some things):

Original 8×10-inch black-and-white, double-weight publicity photo/movie still was produced to promote popular actress CAROLE LOMBARD. It was produced in the 1930s. We are not sure whether this photo is from a particular film, or was just a publicity photo promoting the star. This is an original studio-issued still — NOT a copy or reproduction. The double-weight still was likely created for use in a studio key book, although the extra flap with the holes has been trimmed off the top. The photo features a great portrait of the lovely Ms. Lombard dancing with an unidentified man. Overall condition: Solid VG+/EXCELLENT… The still has a few mild surface marks, plus an extremely mild stress bend along the center — but this is mainly noticeable when light hits the photo surface just right. These minor flaws are not very distracting, and otherwise, the photo is clean and bright.

OK, let’s answer his or her questions:

* The man dancing with Lombard is Frank Veloz, a renowned ballroom dancer of the 1930s who with his partner Yolanda Casazza worked with both Carole and George Raft (shown in the top photo) in the Paramount dance films “Bolero” and “Rumba” (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/109243.html), also doubling for Raft and Lombard in long range during dance sequences in both movies.

* I’m not certain which film this was meant to promote, but I’ll guess it’s “Bolero” since a few years ago, I found this photo of Lombard and Veloz to publicize this film, and they’re wearing identical outfits:

carole lombard bolero with veloz 00d

It’s a lovely picture of Lombard in dance, and you can buy it straight up for $35 or choose to bid, starting at $24.99; bidding is set to end at 10:22 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. Learn more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-1-Original-1930s-Dancing-Portrait-Movie-Photo-/371142895225?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5669d72679.

That person also had questions about this and two other Lombard pics:

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Original 8×10-inch black-and-white, glossy publicity photo/movie still was produced to promote popular actress CAROLE LOMBARD. It was produced in the 1930s. We are not sure whether this photo is from a particular film, or was just a publicity photo promoting the star. This is an original studio-issued still — NOT a copy or reproduction. The photo features a great portrait of the lovely Ms. Lombard wearing a low-cut gown with frilly sleeves. Overall condition: Solid VG/VG+… The still has edge wear, some light creases around the upper right corner, a small chip missing from the lower right corner, plus a few mild surface marks/dings. However, most of these flaws do not affect the main image area, and those that do are not very distracting. Otherwise, the photo is clean and bright and it will display well.

* First, this picture (and the two others) all are from Columbia Pictures, where Lombard made five films while on loanout from Paramount. All three have Columbia markings, not the p1202 coding Paramount employed for most of its Lombard portraits:

carole lombard brief moment 26c

* This happens to be from her 1933 movie “Brief Moment”; we know this because she wore the same ruffled dress in several other stills from that film:

carole lombard brief moment 17a front
carole lombard brief moment 23a

The photo up for auction has minimum bid and “buy it now” prices of $33.99 and $45, respectively. More information is at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-2-Original-1930s-Sexy-Studio-Portrait-Movie-Photo-/371142895356?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5669d726fc.

Unlike the first pair of pictures, the second two aren’t new to me, but I can’t pin down which Columbia film either are from. However, I’m guessing the photo on the right is from 1932, when Lombard wore lighter hair than in later years (in ’32, she made “Virtue” and “No More Orchids” for Harry Cohn’s studio):

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(Don’t you think the streak in Lombard’s hair in the photo on the left makes her look a mite devilish? I’m certain she saw that before the image was approved, and probably got a laugh out of it.)

The pic on the left is rated VG/VG+; the one on the right VG. Each also goes for $33.99 (minimum bid) or $45 (buy it now).

For the photo with the “devil’s horn,” go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-3-Original-1930s-Sexy-Studio-Portrait-Movie-Photo-/371142895503?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5669d7278f; for the one where she’s sipping a drink, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-4-Original-1930s-Sexy-C-U-Studio-Portrait-Movie-Photo-/380998115940?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item58b541e264.

Anyway, glad to be of help.

Posted September 15, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

A site to check out the Chinese   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.14 at 19:37
Current mood: thoughtfulthoughtful

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No, not like that, although Carole Lombard certainly looks fetching in that Connie Foster-designed hat. Nor are we referring to the ersatz Asian appearances of Myrna Loy…

…or Loretta Young:

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The “Chinese” meant here is Grauman’s Chinese on Hollywood Boulevard, arguably the world’s most famous movie theater:

(Yes, I know its official name now is the TCL Chinese Theatre — ironically, TCL is a Chinese-based firm — but most people referred to it as Grauman’s Chinese even when it was a Mann property, out of deference to theater mogul Sid Grauman, who followed his Million Dollar Theatre downtown with the Egyptian on the other side of Hollywood Boulevard before opening the Chinese in 1927.)

Any movie buff worth his or her salt knows the Chinese is renowned for its court featuring hundreds of imprints of stars’ hands, feet, etc. Here’s the block for Loy, who began her career as a dancer at the Egyptian and gave her thanks to Sid in concrete:

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Now, the Chinese has been honored with a website saluting its unparalleled history — http://graumanschinese.org, with material bound to fascinate nearly every classic movie buff. There’s a timeline, a history of the theater, information on its projection and sound systems over the years, and a history of marquees and signage, such as this spectacular premiere for “Hell’s Angels” on May 27, 1930:

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But best of all for those who love classic Hollywood, there’s a list of every movie that has played the Chinese since “King Of Kings” opened the venue in 1927. Few theaters have such a listing — one that does is the Stanford Theatre in northern California, where you can see what ran there from 1925 to 1961 (http://www.stanfordtheatre.org/aboutHistory.html) — and this goes the Stanford (a neighborhood house back in the day) one better by listing the elaborate shows that accompanied the films, especially in the Chinese’s early days.

We know that her early passing probably denied Lombard the chance to join husbands William Powell and Clark Gable in posting a cement tribute, but what other ties does Carole (whose star sits across Hollywood Boulevard from the theater) have with the Chinese? The answer: Not as many as you would think.

In fact, a Lombard film never played the Chinese until December 1937 — her Technicolor comedy “Nothing Sacred,” with a Frank Morgan film on the lower half of the bill:

carole lombard grauman's chinese 00

(I’m guessing neither Paramount nor Columbia had connections with the Chinese, unlike MGM and Fox — heck, few Paramount hits nor “It Happened One Night” played there.) At about the same time, Carole covered the other side of the boulevard as the Egyptian ran her concurrent film, the Paramount comedy “True Confession”:

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Fast forward to February 1939, and Lombard’s other film for Selznick International, “Made For Each Other,” comes to the Chinese. And while I’ve often quipped that it seems that every time I check movie listings of the time, the second feature invariably stars Lynn Bari, and that actually happened here:

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The third Lombard film to appear on the Chinese screen was a world premiere, but one presumes the atmosphere was somewhat subdued. That’s because it was for “To Be Or Not To Be” in February 1942, barely two months after the U.S. had been brought into World War II and slightly more than a month since Lombard became one of the war’s first victims:

carole lombard grauman's chinese 02

In my review of Cinecon 50 (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/722471.html), I wondered if the Bari vehicle “The Night Before The Divorce” played second feature to “To Be Or Not To Be,” as both were released at about the same time. Well, we now know it happened in at least one theater.

The site also lists Lombard as being one of the guests for the premiere of “The Champ” in November 1931 — heck, just about every star in the industry was there:

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Note it played for five weeks, in the days when extensive runs was the Chinese’s policy. A few years later, it shortened such runs to a week, still longer than most theaters of the day. (I’m guessing Lombard attended several other premieres, but don’t have written proof.)

I know of one other instance where Carole appeared at the Chinese; it came in early 1941, as part of a radio broadcast to promote Greek war relief. She’s shown with Gable, Loy, Melvyn Douglas and Charles Laughton:

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But do please check out the Grauman’s web site, a fitting tribute to a legendary venue. Now can someone put together a listing of all the films that played the Chinese’s East Coast equivalent, Radio City Music Hall?

Posted September 14, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Black and white…but with red lips   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.13 at 20:58
Current mood: irritatedirritated

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Over the years, I’ve rarely run colorized images of Carole Lombard, aside from occasional newspaper rotogravures or magazine covers made at the time. The reason is that, for the most part, I tend to be cool to them, no matter how good the intentions of the colorizers may be — and quite a few of them are done quite well, better than some of the films featuring Lombard that were colorized in the late 1980s (specifically “My Man Godfrey” or “Made For Each Other”).

The reason? Few of them can convince me they’re the “real deal” or even resemble it. Instead, they are the visual equivalent of those “reprocessed” stereo versions of monophonic recordings record labels issued in the ’60s and ’70s, resulting in recordings from legends such as Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley that were so bathed in echo or similar tricks that they proved nearly unlistenable. Eventually, the labels learned to leave well enough alone, and you hear Sinatra or Presley circa 1956 the way they deserve to sound.

So it is with colorized Carole. The top pic is subtly done, looking close to realistic. But the colors on the bottom two images simply are too intense for the sophisticated viewer (in the last pic, one doubts Lombard ever owned a casual blouse in such a deep blue).

So I present the following photo to you with a bit of trepidation, although it’s a vintage image from the mid-thirties, one I’ve never seen before (Paramount p1202-1116 to be precise). That’s because it’s in black and white -- save for the red added to Lombard’s lips.

carole lombard p1202-1116c front

Curious about how it would look without artist-engineered lipstick? So was I — so I did a greyscale version of the image, and here it is:

carole lombard p1202-1116e front

As for the photo itself, it measures 7 1/4″ x 10″, and the seller writes “it has been trimmed and has glue and tape remnants on back and a little creasing and paper loss on one top corner.” A view of the back confirms that information:

carole lombard p1202-1116a back

Bidding opens at $19.95, and the auction closes at 4:07 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. To bid or learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-Orig-1935-Portrait-Photo-in-White-Fur-Paramount-Pictures-/380997251577?hash=item58b534b1f9.

Posted September 13, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Keepin’ calm with Lombard love   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.09.12 at 19:57
Current mood: cheerfulcheerful

carole lombard 1929

Above is one of my favorite Carole Lombard photos, showing her beauty, sex appeal and zest for life all at the same time. So when I received a sign on Facebook reading “Keep calm and watch old movies”…

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…then discovered a site called “Keep-Calm-O-Matic” (http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/), which allows people to create their versions of the “Keep calm and…” messages found on everything from T-shirts to cyberspace, I figured there should be something celebrating Carole. So I used the site, took the photo at the top, and voila:

carole lombard keep calm 00a

If you’re a Facebook friend of mine, you received that today. But I also decided to do two more samples of Lombard love — this in a sultry sepia shade…

carole lombard keep calm 02a

…and this, showing Carole in color:

carole lombard keep calm 01c

There are yours to copy and paste, as this site continues to spread the Lombard love throughout the Internet.

Posted September 12, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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