A ‘Rumba’ in triplicate   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2012.09.28 at 10:23

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“Rumba” lacked the fire of “Bolero,” the previous Carole Lombard-George Raft dance collaboration (one suspects the strict enforcement of the Production Code had something to do with it), but three photographic artifacts from that 1935 film are now available via eBay.

Two of them are Lombard portraits in Paramount’s p1202 series, both of which have snipes on the back. We’ll begin with p1202-907:

carole lombard p1202-907a front
carole lombard p1202-907b back

Note the film is initially titled “Rhumba” (Paramount soon decided to drop the “h”), and that this was issued in the fall of 1934, while the movie was in production. Colorizers, note that beige and burgundy are the predominant colors to Carole’s outfit, though I’m not certain whether it appeared in the movie.

The next portrait, p1202-916, isn’t new to our eyes, but the snipe is:

carole lombard p1202-916b front
carole lombard p1202-916a back

This one’s a study in black and white crepe.

Now a pose of Lombard and Raft dancing; the back notes that “Rumba” (now sans ‘h”) will appear at the Metropolitan Theatre Feb. 8 (which in 1935 indeed fell on a Friday). Have no idea in what city the “Metropolitan” was located.

carole lombard rumba 22a front
carole lombard rumba 22a back

The same seller is handling all three items. The Lombard-Raft photo is in very good to excellent condition, and can be bought straight up for $159.95 or bid on; the latter option requires a minimum bid of $139.95, with bids closing at 10:34 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. Bid or learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/CAROLE-LOMBARD-IN-EXOTIC-COSTUME-GEORGE-RAFT-IN-1935-RUMBA-GREAT-PHOTO-/180983980210?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a237c60b2.

P1202-907 is listed in excellent condition. The purchase price is $89.95, while the minimum bid is $79.95, in which case bids will close at 10:34 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. Interested? Visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/LOVELY-CAROLE-LOMBARD-GLAMOR-FASHION-PHOTO-EXC-COND-1935-RUMBA-W-RAFT-/180983321311?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a237252df.

As for p1202-916, it’s in very good condition, with a “buy it now” price of $99.95 and a minimum bid of $89.95. For the latter, bids close at 10:39 p.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. Check it out at http://www.ebay.com/itm/GORGEOUS-CAROLE-LOMBARD-GLAMOR-FASHION-1935-PHOTO-RUMBA-DIED-TOO-YOUNG-/320990916946?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4abc8cb152.

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Posted September 28, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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