A ‘Vigil’ in an opera house   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2012.10.17 at 08:19

Current mood: determineddetermined

“Vigil In The Night” is well-crafted, with Carole Lombard giving what may be her greatest dramatic performance. But this tale of nursing isn’t an easy film to watch, especially for those more acquainted with a lighter Lombard tone.

That was probably the reaction of people in Bath, Maine, in March 1940 when it played the town’s Opera House. We know it played there, because we have proof:

Moreover, the flip side of the card, measuring 2 3/4″ x 4 11/16″, showed what played there the rest of the week:

This card is being sold by Cliff Aliperti of things-and-other-stuff.com at his eBay store. Bids open at $4.99, with bids closing at 10:20 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday. Learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/1940-Movie-Theater-Schedule-Card-Carole-Lombard-VIGIL-IN-THE-NIGHT-/190740705490?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2c690830d2. (Also, Aliperti has about 60 more Opera House schedule cards from 1938 to 1941; they can be found at http://stores.ebay.com/Collecting-Old-Magazines/_i.html?LH_TitleDesc=1&_nkw=%22Opera%20House%20Movie%20Theater%22&rt=nc&_sid=15227644&_trksid=p4634.c0.m14.l1581&_pgn=1.

As for the Bath Opera House, it opened in November 1913, caught fire in March 1925 and reopened the following January:

The theater was eventually supplanted by newer venues, fell into disarray and was demolished in the fall of 1971.

The card is a souvenir of Carole at her most serious.

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Posted October 17, 2012 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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