Some ‘Safety in Numbers’…and compliments to go with it   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.03.01 at 14:34

Current mood: thankfulthankful

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We’ve run this photo before — or so we think — as Carole Lombard (second from left), poses with Josephine Dunn, Buddy Rogers, Kathryn Crawford and Virginia Bruce in a publicity pic. I used the qualifier because I came across a slightly different image (note the variance in Rogers’ appearance):

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I’m not certain which of these is more uncommon; just from the look on Rogers’ face, I’m guessing it’s the top one.

That top photo is on sale for $79.95 from the same seller of yesterday’s “Man of the World” image — East End Collectibles. When I alerted the seller that I had given his earlier sale a plug, he responded in kind (and kindly, too), and he’s granted me permission to quote him:

“Thank you Vincent! I’ve visited your site a few times…some great Lombard images and full of terrific information. I’ve always found it interesting how what was principally a romantic comedienne could take such wonderfully glamorous and sultry images. I’ll be listing plenty more Lombard photos as I go along here. Thanks again for the shout out and keep up the good work with the site. Best, Joe”

I appreciate that, Joe. Whenever I come across an item of Lombard memorabilia on eBay or some other site, I feel obliged to dig in and research the story behind it. If it’s a vintage herald from a movie theater, I go to to learn more about the venue and see whether it’s still in operation. Perhaps it’s an old fanmag that’s been uploaded to the Media History Digital Library; if it’s there, I can fill potential sellers in on what else that issue includes.

Getting back to the top pic, it’s an 8″ x 10″ singleweight in fine/very fine condition. It’s described as “Flat, clean and glossy; some general edge wear but overall a nice photo for its age.”

As stated earlier, you can buy it now for $79.95 or make an offer. Learn more by visiting

Posted March 1, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Soon to be married to a ‘Man of the World’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.02.28 at 22:59

Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

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Nice pic of Carole Lombard and William Powell, isn’t it? This is one I’ve never seen before. We can provide a little more information by revealing the bottom of the image, which has a line of dialogue from the film:

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That still doesn’t necessarily answer which film it’s from, and they made two which used dialogue as part of a lobby card. OK, here’s the full pic, including the border, with the answer:

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(Of course, you already got the answer via the subject line.)

And for completists’ sake, the back, although there’s nothing of great importance here:

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This is an original 8″ x 10″ singleweight vintage photo. The seller lists it in “Very Good condition — Flat, clean and glossy; corner chips, small tear at right edge, some creasing at center.”

Interested? Buy it now for $29.95 or make an offer. Learn more at

Posted March 1, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Lombard vintage glamour, and saluting a man who lived long and prospered   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.02.27 at 19:24

Current mood: contemplativecontemplative

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That’s Walter Byron alongside Carole Lombard in a publicity still from the 1932 Paramount film “Sinners in the Sun.” It’s one of seven vintage photos of Carole, all 8″ x 10″ gelatin-silver glossies, being offered in two groups. Other pics in this batch, all in fine to very fine condition, are this of Carole and Cary Grant from “In Name Only”…

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…as well as this pic pairing Lombard with Lillian Harmer from “No Man of Her Own”:

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The three are selling for $169; get more information at

The other batch has four photos, all from the pre-Code era (if you include 1929, and this pic from “Big News,” in that category):

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In chronological order, next is Carole admonishing Lilyan Tashman with her eyes in “Up Pops the Devil”…

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…Lombard with Fredric March in “The Eagle and the Hawk”…

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…and finally, Carole preparing to dance with George Raft in “Bolero”:

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This quartet of images, the same quality as the earlier pics, sells for $195. Learn more by visiting

Today, the world is mourning the passing of the man who played one of television’s most iconic characters, as Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock on the original “Star Trek” series, left us at age 83. Not long after learning the news, I wrote this as a Facebook response: “50 years ago, Leonard Nimoy had no idea he soon would become iconic. It wasn’t easy on him at first — no actor wishes to be typecast — but he continued working, and eventually embraced Spock and what he, and the series, meant to people.” [One of those people was President Obama, who sent out a salute today, one I’m certain many Republicans might even agree with.] “Leonard also directed movies (I had forgotten he was at the helm of “Three Men and a Baby” until someone pointed it out this morning) and starred or hosted several other TV series. Sorry I never was able to meet him; from all accounts, he was the ultimate professional. Thank you, sir.”

Nimoy has been beamed up to the hereafter, leaving behind a legacy he never would have dreamed of in 1965, when he was best known as a reliable character actor…and he truly lived long (alas, not long enough) and prospered. My condolences to his family and millions of fans. Here he is with Zachary Quinto, who inherited the Spock role in the J.J. Abrams series of “Star Trek” films:

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Posted February 27, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Putting a plaque where it rightly belongs   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.02.26 at 19:40

Current mood: happyhappy

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The site where Carole Lombard honed her comedy chops while making “The Bicycle Flirt” and other shorts for Mack Sennett — following in the footsteps of numerous legends — today received its accurate recognition in film history, more than sixty years after a mistake regarding the proper location of the site.

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And here are pics of today’s event commemorating the revamped marker, including folks in period gear (the lady second from right in the top pic is Karie Bible of Hollywood Forever Cemetery):

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That’s Stan Taffel speaking; he was among those getting this project going.

The plaque is (and was) on Glendale Road in the Edendale district of Los Angeles. The top part was presented to Sennett in 1954, when he was honored on the “This Is Your Life” television series, and he was told it was to be part of an obelisk commemorating the site of his studio for the 1910s and much of the 1920s. There was just one problem…it was put on the site of the Selig studio lot up the street. (Film history research wasn’t much in those days, folks.) I have no idea whether Sennett actually visited the site before his death in 1960.

Anyway, the elements contributed to the deterioration of the obelisk — and the plaque. (According to Bob Birchard, one of today’s speakers, the plaque could easily have been removed, such was the flimsiness of the original.) Thankfully, it wasn’t: Taffel put together this montage on the history of the obelisk and plaque::

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Now the plaque, as well as a recent one commemorating the studio’s history, are where they should be — 1712 Glendale Boulevard. The studio is long gone, of course, and the site now hosts a Public Storage. Give the company credit for recognizing the history and enabling the city and Hollywood Heritage to get this done after seven years of work.

Oh, and the site isn’t completely long gone. One of the buildings Sennett used is still up, converted into storage facilities. If you go up to the third (top) floor, you can see some of the studio ceiling, including space for pulleys and other technical necessities:

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I rent space from a Public Storage — but I use the one on Sixth Street, not far from where I live. Had I known of the historical sense of this site, I’d have stored my things there (and perhaps could have psychically contacted Carole’s spirit).

Finally, I couldn’t resist having my photo taken with the plaque. It’s wonderful to see a mistake righted.

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Posted February 26, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Some 16mm home movies. Some special 16mm home movies…   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.02.25 at 17:15

Current mood: productiveproductive

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…as in Clark Gable and Carole Lombard home movies. You’ve probably seen some of these images before on documentaries about the couple, or perhaps as extras on DVDs starring one or the other. But now, the personal home movies of the Gable household — featuring highlights of his marriage to Carole, as well to his two subsequent wives — are up for auction.

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This collection of film includes the original, uncut, no-fade Kodachrome movies of Gable and Lombard on one of their hunting trips with select friends. It also contains premiere footage from “Gone With The Wind” and newsreel footage not used but prepared for Gable’s archive. Note the films will not be broken up.

Here’s the list of the footage being offered:

1. Hunting Trip – Lombard, Gable + family – 9 Minutes
(0:00 to 9:20)
2. Lady Sylvia Ashley honeymoon – 6 Minutes
(9:20 to 15:20)
3. 1949 Guaymas deep sea fishing trip – 4 minutes
(15:20 to19:30)
4. Kay Spreckels Home Movies including John Clark Gable ceremony at school and family members “Doing the twist” – 40 minutes, 30 seconds
(19:30 to 1:00)
5. Skiing Footage (reversed) 1 Minute
(1:00 to 1:01:40)
6. Sound – Gone with the Wind premiere – Hotel Georgian Terrace – Mayor Presiding | Star Arrivals at Airport; Focus on Gable and Lombard, Leigh, Olivier, Selznick, De Havilland et al – 8 minutes
(1:01:40 to 1:09:00)
7. Gable Newsreel – GWTW stars of the movie touring Atlanta
(1:09:00 to 1:19:00).
8. Sound and Commentary – Gable receiving his military diploma and wings – 30 seconds
(1:18:00 to 1:19:00)
9. Sound and Commentary – Newsreel of Lady Sylvia Ashley and Gable just before they leave for their honeymoon – 4 Minutes
(1:19:00 to 1:23:00)
10. 1957 Academy Awards – Gable presenting on stage with Doris Day and Bob Hope – 4 Minutes
(1:23 to 1:27)

As you can tell, there’s quite a bit of Lombard and “Gone With the Wind” stuff here. (Aside from the top image, which was taken by me today upon seeing some of this footage — there was some glare that I cropped out — all of the images above are from the reels.)

These films have been handled with the utmost care, as the image below confirms…

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…and anyone seeking to purchase these should be a serious private collector, preferably familiar with 16mm film.

The minimum bid is $800, and the auction is scheduled to close at 10:37 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. If you’re truly interested in these films and can do them justice, find out more by visiting

Posted February 25, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

For Lombard and Barrymore, what a ride   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.02.24 at 22:20

Current mood: cynicalcynical

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The (figurative) train ride “Twentieth Century” wasn’t an altogether new experience for John Barrymore; he long had been accustomed to getting good reviews (even if some weren’t quite as universal as what he received here). But for Carole Lombard, used to being considered little more than a clotheshorse on screen, the reviews she received were unlike anything she’d ever experienced, and for her, it was pretty heady.

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Columbia, sensing it had another comedy blockbuster on its hands following the unexpected success of “It Happened One Night,” pulled out all the stops for this one:

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In the end, Columbia learned it couldn’t quite duplicate the achievement of “It Happened One Night,” as stories of Broadway really didn’t resonate in the heartland (although “Twentieth Century” was quite popular in urban markets).

Posted February 25, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

More demure than ‘sexy,’ but nonetheless beautiful   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.02.23 at 21:34

Current mood: creativecreative

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I’m not certain whether I’ve run this photo of Carole Lombard before — I have a feeling I have, though at this stage of the day I really have no desire to check. All I know is that this pic probably is from between 1932 and 1934 (I’m pretty certain the “C” in the lower right-hand corner stands for Columbia, and the thick, shiny stockings Carole is wearing are typical of her hosiery at that time), and it’s rather stunning.

The photo is from the original negative, although the print is a new one. The seller adds it’s 8″ x 10″ and in “excellent condition … with one light crease in the upper left corner. The photograph is fiber-based paper and shows some light age toning.”

It’s being sold, not auctioned, for $19.95; if unsold, the sale will continue through 6:13 p.m. (Eastern) next Monday. Bid or learn more by visiting

Posted February 24, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized


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