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The Hearsts meet the Kanes at the Castle   Leave a comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.21 at 00:21

Current mood: surprisedsurprised

Carole Lombard was among the many filmland friends of William Randolph Hearst (shown with Carole, Clark Gable and director Mervyn LeRoy at one of Hearst’s famed costume parties). Lombard had briefly dated one of the mogul’s sons in the mid-1920s, and counted Hearst’s beloved Marion Davies as a good friend. Carole was a frequent guest at Davies’ gargantuan Santa Monica beach house and made her share of visits to what the publisher called “the ranch,” mapmakers labeled “San Simeon” and what the rest of the world knew as “Hearst Castle.”

And it just so happens that on March 9, a little bit of history will be made on the Castle property. That’s because that night, as part of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, the Hearst Castle Visitor Center…

…will present, on its five-story National Geographic Theater screen…

...with the blessings of the Hearst family.

You read that correctly. Festival organizers got the idea of showing the Orson Welles classic at the theater, and great-grandson Steve Hearst gave his approval. In fact, he says he’s seen “Kane” several times, calling it “a classic, entertaining American film. … I obviously don’t believe it to be an accurate depiction of W.R. or his love for the property” in San Simeon, or “his lifestyle, associations and demeanor.” In other words, the sunny San Simeon on the central coast of California was in no way the gloomy, fictional Xanadu of Florida. (It’s also interesting to note that the Visitor Center has for years sold W.A. Swanberg’s scathing biography, “Citizen Hearst,” which itself is now half a century old.)

The younger Hearst, a vice president of the corporation bearing the family name, said “(the movie) bothered W.R. in a large way. … He realized people would be making a judgment about him based on the film.”

William Randolph Hearst was fully aware of the power of film, having been in the business himself for many years with newsreels, animation (often of Hearst comic-strip properties) and feature films, many (but far from all) of which were vehicles for Marion Davies, his longtime paramour — and someone he certainly would have married had his wife Millicent, who cherished her social status and being mother to his sons, ever granted a divorce.

As has often been stated here and elsewhere, the Kane character developed by Welles and Herman Mankiewicz is a composite of several moguls in various industries; had he achieved his fictional fame in a field other than publishing, it’s doubtful links to Hearst would be made. But they were, and while Hearst had been attacked for decades for sundry reasons — first mostly from the right, later mostly from the left — his knowledge that this time Davies, who had been retired from acting for several years in 1941, would be the main victim in guilt by association particularly enraged him.

Upon hearing that the Hearst family was allowing “Kane” to be shown on the property, one person commented that W.R. “must be rolling over in his grave.” Truth be told, his namesake company little resembles the one he owned at the time of his death nearly 60 1/2 years ago.

Newspapers, Hearst’s longtime stock in trade, are now relatively few and far between; the biggest by far is the San Francisco Chronicle, longtime rival of Hearst’s original newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner, which was sold several years ago, and the Houston Chronicle. These days, Hearst is better known for magazines, including Esquire, Cosmopolitan (a far different publication than it was in Hearst’s day) and O, The Oprah Magazine, and broadcasting (including the A&E cable network and a minority share in ESPN).

If anything would have made Hearst roll over in his grave, it was how Davies was effectively shut out of the company power structure immediately after his death, particularly considering that had it not been for her loan of $1 million in 1937 to rescue his tottering empire, there might not be a Hearst Corporation today.

To learn more about the “Kane” screening, part of a night called “Hollywood To Hearst Castle” that will feature guest Harrison Ford (did Marion ever make a movie with his silent-era namesake?) and Hollywood photographer Timothy White, go to http://slofilmfest.org/2012/01/16/hollywood-to-hearst-castle. It promises to be plenty of fun, something Hearst and guests always enjoyed. Witness this photo from the Castle in 1926:

Who’s here? Most of the elite in the film industry in 1926:

Back row, left to right, partially obscured: King Vidor, Beatrice Lillie, Richard Barthelmess, Eleanor Boardman.

Middle row: Frank Orsatti, E. B. Hatrick, Edmund Goulding, Mrs. Talmadge, Greta Garbo, Nicholas Schenck, unidentified, Harry Rapf, Aileen Pringle, J. Robert Rubin, Norma Shearer.

Front row: Hal Roach, Natalie Talmadge, Eddie Mannix, Constance Talmadge, Buster Keaton, Paul Bern, Irving Thalberg.

Foreground, reclining: John Gilbert.

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Posted January 21, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Carole and Fred go goofy, plus a ‘gorgeous’ facsimile   Leave a comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.20 at 10:02

Current mood: sillysilly

Imagine trying to explain Carole Lombard to someone for the first time — the earthborn equivalent of the proverbial “man from Mars” — and the angle you decide to focus on is her ethereal, luminous beauty. You say that she was considered one of the most stylish and elegant actresses of the Golden Age, and to prove it, you go into your file of Lombard photos and, self-confident, pull out one at random. You unknowingly choose this:

Chances are you’d have an inner reaction similar to what Carole had when a preview audience laughed at a tragic scene of hers in “Swing High, Swing Low” (a scene that later was cut): “I felt like crawling under the seats and losing myself among the gum and other useless things.”

Then again, this pic, from her other 1937 pic with Fred MacMurray, “True Confession,” shows the Lombard daffy sense of self millions loved her for as much as for her looks, so resist that urge to crawl. It’s an original photo, 7 3/4″ x 9 1/4″ (note the visible creases on the left side), and here’s the back of it, where one can discern additional information:

The German language can be found, although those stickers look to be of recent origin. Until World War II, many American films were popular with German audiences, though Nazi authorities did what they could to downplay the Hollywood influence.

Bids for this photo will be taken through 9:04 p.m. (Eastern) next Wednesday; bids open at $9.99 (no bids have been made as of this writing). You can learn more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-and-Fred-MacMurray-original-portrait-photo-1937-True-Confession-/380403888744?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5891d6b268.

Here’s another eBay item of interest:

I emailed the authority on such autographs, Carole Sampeck of The Lombard Archive, about it, using the subject heading, “Real?” Here’s what she had to say:

“The sig is printed into the photo; it is a facsimile. I have been offered literally dozens of these over the years. What confuses people is that the sig is printed in blue into a B/W photograph — so they assume that it must be an actual, original, hand-written signature. It’s a gorgeous portrait, though, isn’t it?

These are almost always 5″ x 7″; I’ve only encountered a few in a larger format.”

It is indeed gorgeous; whether you want to pay $19.99 for it (the minimum bid) is for you to decide. The seller is at least being honest about it by writing, “I do not have authentication but have compared the autograph with others online and believe it to be legitimate. There are no guarantees of authenticity, thus the low starting bid price.” The autograph is indeed legitimately Lombard’s, but not authentic.

You can check it out at http://www.ebay.com/itm/AUTOGRAPHED-STUDIO-PICTURE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-FOTOCHROME-X-/330673885450?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cfdb3110a; bids end at 3:10 p.m. (Eastern) next Wednesday.

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Posted January 20, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

An elegiac farewell   Leave a comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.19 at 00:57

Current mood: touchedtouched

As might be expected, the sudden, shocking death of Carole Lombard 70 years ago Monday brought forth all sorts of contemporary tributes. I’m going to run one, both because it’s particularly poignant and to honor the man who wrote it — longtime Los Angeles Times writer Edwin Schallert. He worked at the paper from 1912 to 1958, and from 1919 until his retirement he was one of its entertainment writers, normally focusing on drama but covering and reviewing motion pictures. He is also the father of one of my favorite actors, William Schallert, who’ll turn 90 on July 6 and like Betty White, continues to get plenty of work (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/190884.html).

For the Jan. 18 issue of the Times, Edwin Schallert tried to put Carole’s passing in perspective, noting that every few years of so, a beloved actress in the industry departed from the scene well before her time. He examines Lombard’s life, explaining why she had such a devoted following among those in Hollywood; in other words, the outpouring of grief was genuine, and not provoked merely because a famous actress was suddenly gone.

Here’s Schallert’s piece, which recently ran at http://ladailymirror.org; double-click on each segment to read at full scale:

The most tantalizing tidbit here concerns Carole’s professional future. It’s known that her next film was to have been “They All Kissed The Bride” (listed here under its working title, “He Kissed The Bride”), but what would have come up after that? According to Schallert, she was to have worked with director Gregory La Cava again, some six years after their triumph in “My Man Godfrey,” and 13 years after their first collaboration, the Pathe film “Big News.”

A check of La Cava’s filmography shows that in 1942, he directed the comedy “Lady In A Jam” at Universal, starring Irene Dunne, Patric Knowles and Ralph Bellamy (with Eugene Pallette in a supporting role). Might this have been the film Lombard would have made? I tend to doubt it; it was released in June of ’42, and the work schedule for an actress of Carole’s stature at that time probably didn’t include making two films in such a short timespan — this wasn’t 1932 anymore. So I’m guessing any potential project La Cava might have planned was simply shelved when Lombard left us.

Here’s the part of the piece I think Lombard would have most appreciated:

“…throughout the years Carole was generosity itself with the people around her.

“One could go on for days citing examples of this generosity. It extended to all those with whom she came in immediate contact and far beyond that, nor did she ever hang her head by the wailing wall because of taxes and other necessary and material assaults upon the compensation that she received for her work in filmland.

“The money wasn’t the main interest; it was the life, the living in Hollywood, and there seems no doubt that in the last several years of her life she enjoyed a goodly vista of genuine happiness.”

Happiness that she, in return, was more than pleased to share with us.

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Posted January 19, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

More negativity, a breezy book and censorship fears   Leave a comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.18 at 01:08

Current mood: aggravatedaggravated

Not long ago, we noted a vintage Carole Lombard 8″ x 10″ negative of one of her Paramount publicity photos was being auctioned at eBay. That seller is back with another portrait goodie, this one p1202-980, from sometime in 1934:

It’s an elegant Lombard, outfit trimmed in fur. The negative is deemed in “excellent plus” condition, and something of that quality naturally doesn’t come cheap; the starting bid is $350, with bidding ending at 10:05 p.m. (Eastern) next Tuesday. Want to place a bid, or just curious? Find out more about it at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-8-x-10-STUDIO-NEGATIVE-/350517714632?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item519c7bdec8.

A blog that I’ve come to enjoy quite a bit in recent months is http://classicmoviechat.com, which revisits classic Hollywood history and attempts to separate myth from reality. It’s plenty of fun, and I think you’ll come to like it, too.

This is a good time to bring it up because one of its “Classic Movie Guys,” Joe Morella, co-wrote a book about Lombard (and three of her contemporaries) with Edward Z. Epstein in the mid-seventies that now happens to be up for sale at eBay:

“Gable & Lombard & Powell & Harlow” is more a breezy read than a definitive biography, as you might expect from a paperback that was probably Dell’s way of potentially cashing in from the “Gable And Lombard” biopic hitting screens in February 1976. (Then the movie came out, and Dell realized there would be no cashing in.) Nevertheless, it has a nice feel for its quartet of subjects.

The seller copied some of the book’s promotional blurbs, and here they are, just as the seller typed it:

“Gable — the greatest screen lover of them all — Lombard — a liberated woman far ahead of her time — Powell — the epitome of screen sophistication — Harlow — the sexual boomshell who exploded into fame in films……..These four came together in a very adult love story that never would have gotten past the censors of their day. This is how Hollywood really was, in the time of its most outrageous splendor. These are the stars as they really were, in all their larger than life flamboyance and their very human emotions.”

Love that inadvertent phrase “sexual boomshell” — sounds like something Swedish-dialect comic El Brendel would have said. Moreover, in the sales header, the seller lists the fourth member of the team as “Gene Harlow,” not to be confused with ’40s Fox star “Jean Tierney,” I guess.

You can buy the book straight up for $14.99 — roughly ten times its cost on paperback racks some 37 years ago — or make an offer. Simply go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clark-Gable-Carole-Lombard-William-Powell-Gene-Harlow-/320831446005?pt=US_Nonfiction_Book&hash=item4ab30b5bf5 for further information.

Finally, to learn more about why so many in the blogosphere are against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and similar legislation, go to http://sopablackout.org/learnmore. While I hate losing access to Wikipedia and other sites that are temporarily shutting down today to protest the potential legislation, I understand what they are doing, and if a day’s loss of access translates into a censorship-free future, it’s well worth the sacrifice.

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Posted January 18, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

In French, Finnish…and English   Leave a comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.17 at 00:51

Current mood: restlessrestless

Carole Lombard never traveled outside North America during her brief lifetime (unless you don’t consider Hawaii, a U.S. territory when she went on her honeymoon with William Powell in mid-1931, part of that continent), but she was nonetheless an international star. Here are two reminders of that, followed by something similar stateside.

In the early 1960s, “To Be Or Not To Be” was revived in France, and proved to be very popular; one Paris theater showed the Ernst Lubitsch classic for more than a year. By 1966, that had faded, but repeated releases of her films on French TV kept Carole a popular star in that country. The Dec. 29 issue of Cine Revue ran two pages on Lombard:

Carole’s not the only link to “To Be Or Not To Be” in this issue. French TV audiences, fascinated with the American Prohibition era, were making “The Untouchables” (labeled “Incorruptibles” in French) a hit there a few years after its U.S. run, and there was an article on the show and a few pix of Robert Stack, including one I’m sure many female readers of this site will appreciate…


In the interest of equal time, how about these color pix of a dark-haired Angie Dickinson and a youthful Candice Bergen?

This magazine measures 13″ x 10″, is said to be in very good condition, and bids on it begin at $19.99 and will end at 10:59 a.m. (Eastern) next Sunday. You can get in on the action by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/1966-Beverly-Adams-Carole-Lombard-Robert-Stack-/400270448995?pt=Magazines&hash=item5d31fa5963.

Now we move to Finland, where this magazine, Elokuvalukemisto, has a cover on “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” — but this lone Alfred Hitchcock romantic comedy didn’t arrive in Finland until mid-1942, several months after Lombard’s passing.

There’s another page on the film inside, and this 16-page issue also has a story on Fred Astaire, shown with Eleanor Powell:

Bids begin at $9; no bids have been made as of this writing and bidding closes at 12:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday. If interested in this magazine, which is said to be in very good condition, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-ROBERT-MONTGOMERY-rare-1942-magazine-cover-Hitchcock-/280807550925?pt=Magazines&hash=item41616f2fcd.

Okay, now back to the good ol’ U.S. of A., and a magazine printed during Lombard’s lifetime, although it has Marlene Dietrich, as seen in “The Scarlet Empress,” on the cover, painted by Zoe Mozert:

It’s the July 1934 Movie Mirror. The Lombard story inside, written by Sonia Lee, is called “Carole Lombard, Reborn!” and with “Twentieth Century” giving her the best reviews of her career, indeed she was.

This issue also has stories on Jean Harlow, Constance Bennett, Joan Blondell, even an article from noted author Faith Baldwin (whose story “Spinster Dinner” eventually evolved into the Lombard film “Love Before Breakfast”) on why she’d hate to be a movie star.

There’s no auction for this item — you buy it straight up for $44.99. Find out more about it at http://www.ebay.com/itm/MOVIE-MIRROR-MARLENE-DIETRICH-JEAN-HARLOW-Marriage-JOAN-CRAWFORD-CAROLE-LOMBARD-/400270392379?pt=Magazines&hash=item5d31f97c3b.

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Posted January 17, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Memorializing 70 years   Leave a comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.16 at 00:57

Current mood: sadsad

This day of the year is invariably my most difficult “Carole & Co.” entry to write — the anniversary of the date Carole Lombard, her mother Elizabeth Peters, MGM publicist/chaperone Otto Winkler and the rest of TWA Flight 3, most of them Army pilots, died when their plane hit a Nevada mountain, returning from a successful war bond rally in Indianapolis.

This marks the fifth such writing I’ve had to do on the topic, and not only is it depressing — after doing years of Lombard research, I feel as if I know her, even though I was born more than 13 1/2 years after she left us — but it also presents a quandary: How do you approach it and keep it at least somewhat different than past Jan. 16 entries?

This year, at least, the calendar helps. Today marks the 70th anniversary of that fatal air crash, and changing the lead digit from “6” to “7” just serves to remind us of the inexorable passing of time.

Think about it. The only surviving co-star of a Lombard film is Shirley Temple, shown with Carole in 1934’s “Now And Forever”; she’s now in her eighties. There may be a few other former juvenile actors still with us who had bit parts in her movies, but not many. Some young adult performers of Carole’s time — people who may not have worked with her, but at least knew her firsthand — are now in their nineties. Five years from now, many of them will be gone; by 2022, virtually all will be. When they go, the oral history regarding this famed actress will disappear with them, and we’ll be left to examine newspaper and magazine clippings, wondering what is truth and what is hyperbole.

As fate would have it, tragic milestone dates occur later this year for two other beloved icons of classic Hollywood. June will mark the 75th anniversary of Jean Harlow’s premature passing, just one year after her centenary was celebrated; in August, it will be 50 years since Marilyn Monroe’s mysterious death. Three legends, all of whom combined lived less than a century. Depressing memorials for the classic movie fan.

Time moves us further and further from Lombard’s life; chances are that, at most, only a handful of people who read this entry will have been alive while Carole walked the earth, and most of them would have been infants or toddlers at the time of her death. That, to me, adds to the value of “Carole & Co.,” that through this site, we can explore Lombard’s life and times, get a sense of what she was like as a person as well as a taste of the world she lived in. And it’s a duty I hope to continue for years to come, just as she felt a duty to sell war bonds and aid servicemen such as those she met in Salt Lake City during a train stopover 70 years ago Friday.


This week’s header at the LiveJournal site shows Carole and her mother at the Indianapolis war bond rally of Jan. 15, 1942, alongside Indiana governor Henry F. Schricker and motion picture industry executive Will B. Hays, an Indiana native.

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Posted January 16, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Not much time for this one   Leave a comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.15 at 21:53

Current mood: relievedrelieved

Perhaps I should have gotten to this earlier, but I couldn’t make out the p1202 number. Now I have (thanks to the seller), and it’s a likable, informal portrait of Carole Lombard (don’t you love that smile?) from 1935 — p1202-1258, to be precise:

It’s an 8″ x 10″ original for which no bids have been made as of this writing…and the opening bid is $24.99, reasonable for a vintage Lombard photo from Paramount that looks to be in good condition. If you want it, take action quickly, as bidding ends at 12:09 p.m. (Eastern) on Tuesday.

You can check it out or place a bid by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-CANDID-CAROLE-LOMBARD-ORIGINAL-VINTAGE-8X10-PHOTO-/150735869870?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23188ed7ae.

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Posted January 15, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

It’s real, and it’s cheap (for now)   Leave a comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.15 at 07:35

Current mood: surprisedsurprised

Many of you have probably heard the saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t.” Then again, every now and then, it is. Here’s proof, an item currently up for auction at eBay, with the sole bid as of this writing a mere 99 cents:

A lovely portrait with that splendid Lombard smile, plus an autograph. The handwriting appears to be hers, but is it real or merely a reproduction? I asked the woman who’s the unquestioned source on this subject, Carole Sampeck of The Lombard Archive, and here’s what she said:

“Looks good to me. Sig placement and ink color are those used by her in that period, plus it’s an uncommon photo. I’d say Yes! Does NOT appear to be preprinted.

“Nice find.”

And, as it turned out, I had a similar autographed portrait of her, downloaded nearly five years ago, in my online files:

Let’s focus on the autographs for each. On top, the pic currently up for auction; below it, the pic I downloaded in 2007:


They are indeed different.

One presumes Carole received a batch of these photos from the publicity office, and while she had a few spare moments sat down to sign them; this may have been before studios cracked down on sending free pictures, autographed or otherwise, to save expenses (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/287921.html).

So the pic up for auction is almost certainly the real deal. In fact, here’s the back of the photo, where Oct. 6 (Lombard’s birthday) is noted for some reason:

The portrait measures 8″ x 10″, and bidding concludes at 12:44 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday. If bids stay in this neighborhood, someone is going to get a heckuva bargain.

To bid or just to learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/8-x-10-B-W-SIGNED-AUTOGRAPH-PHOTO-MOVIE-STAR-CAROLE-LOMBARD-NoRs-/320828654316?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab2e0c2ec.

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Posted January 15, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

A big milestone for a ‘Big Broadcast’   Leave a comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.14 at 01:14

Current mood: cheerfulcheerful

Today marks the 104th anniversary of Russ Columbo’s birth, and music is the subject of today’s entry.

Carole Lombard never fancied herself much of a singer, but she did love music. I’m not sure what kind of record collection she had, but from all accounts, she probably owned her share. We know she was an avid fan of both Columbo and his good friend/rival Bing Crosby, likely owned some records by Louis Armstrong, and probably had a few from the Boswell Sisters, too. (Like many in the Hollywood set, she followed Gus Arnheim’s orchestra, at the time the best known on the West Coast; both Columbo and Fred MacMurray were in his band at the start of the 1930s.)

If you’re into the films of the 1930s, chances are you’re into the music, too, as it was an integral part of so many movies. And there is no better way to immerse yourself in it than by listening to a program that has aired virtually every Sunday from 8 p.m. to midnight (Eastern) for close to 40 years. It’s called “The Big Broadcast,” and for most of those years it has emanated from WFUV-FM, the station owned by Fordham University in the Bronx. And this Sunday night’s program will be its 2,000th.

Rich Conaty, its host from day one, occasionally quips that the show is “for the old, and the old at heart,” but his knowledge and enthusiasm for the music help the show transcend generations. Marshall Crenshaw, who gained fame as an ’80s rocker, is a regular listener, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Paul McCartney checks it out from time to time…as you can online at http://www.wfuv.org. (McCartney, who has long loved classic pop and jazz — think “Honey Pie” from the Beatles’ “white album” — is soon to release an album of pop songs from the ’20s and ’30s.) The legendary Les Paul, a guitarist on more than a few of the ’30s records Conaty plays, was a longtime friend up to his death in 2009.

Conaty says he isn’t planning anything particularly out of the ordinary for Sunday’s milestone show, just the usual highlight tributes to performers or composers having birthday anniversaries that week (he did Columbo on last week’s program), plus some listener requests in the 10 o’clock hour emailed or phoned in the previous week (including a few that go back to the pre-1925 days of acoustic recording).

Conaty began his show at a time when many of the performers who made these records were still with us (he interviewed Connie Boswell before her death in 1976, for example, and later interviewed the last surviving sister, Helvetia or “Vet”). It’s this knowledge of the music — not as a campy nostalgia trip, but as important (and enjoyable) music in and of itself — that makes the “Big Broadcast” big fun.

Conaty has compiled and annotated several “Big Broadcast” collections of music from the era (Volume 4 is shown above), and the fan base has several sites to discuss the show and the music, including a Facebook group with nearly 1,500 members as of this writing (http://www.facebook.com/groups/35066591007/).

Do give the show a listen — both it and the music will grow on you.

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Posted January 14, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

‘I’m gonna buy a paper doll that I can call my own…’   1 comment

Posted by [info]vp19 on 2012.01.13 at 01:13

Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

This image of Carole Lombard in a swimsuit from “True Confession,” California’s majestic Lake Arrowhead behind her, is the base ingredient for today’s topic…paper dolls. For some reason, I’m not sure why, this hasn’t been something we’ve explored in our more than 4 1/2 years at “Carole & Co.”, even though it’s certainly a hobby with many fans.

Remove the scarf from her head, alter the pose just a little bit, and...voila! There you have Carole, all ready to go for a round of paper dolling…with some costumes from some of her classic films to place atop her.

This is part of an item being sold on eBay, along with paper dolls of Lombard’s one-time Paramount cohort Nancy Carroll…

…and Carole’s old Cocoanut Grove dance rival, Joan Crawford:

The seller says, “I am not sure what they were cut out of (magazine or book), but they are on stiff paper.” Fortunately, from the font of the print and the actresses involved, I do know where they are from:

It’s “Glamorous Movie Stars Of The Thirties Paper Dolls” by Tom Tierney, a book I’ve seen in stores for many years. Tierney has created all sorts of paper doll books on an array of fields, from fashion to history.

This is being auctioned at eBay, with the starting bid at $9.99; bids close at 8:27 p.m. (Eastern) next Thursday. If you’re interested, go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Paper-Dolls-Joan-Crawford-Carole-Lombard-Nancy-Carroll-/140680928502?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c13c9cf6 for more information.

If you’d like the entire book, that’s available, too; visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Glamorous-Movie-Stars-Thirties-Paper-Dolls-Book-Tom-Tierney-1978-Dover-/270892810465?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f127840e1. Bids there also begin at $9.99, with bidding ending at 11:41 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday.

Tierney may be the best-known paper doll creator, but he’s far from the only one. Brenda Sneathen Mattox has done a nice job on movie star paper dolls, and here are her Lombard creations (including one with a special guest!):



Each of these pages measure 8 1/2″ x 11″. You can get the entire set for $10; to find out more, go to http://www.fancyephemera.com/moviestars.html#CAROLELOMBARD.

Oh, and the subject line? Most of you probably understood the reference; it’s the opening to “Paper Doll,” perhaps the biggest hit the Mills Brothers ever had. It topped the pop charts for 10 weeks in late 1943 and early ’44.

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Posted January 13, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized