Some items from 1931 Photoplay, part 2 (finally)   Leave a comment

Posted [protected post] by vp19 on 2012.12.16 at 19:08

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carole lombard p1202-145b

“In the near future, we’ll have a few Lombard-related items from Photoplay in the second half of 1931.”
— “Carole & Co.”, Nov. 16, 2012

How was I to know that “near future” would be defined as one month? For the day after that entry was posted, I slipped on some frost on a grassy hill, tore a right quadricep and would be away from the Internet for nearly three weeks. Since my return to cyberspace, I’ve been catching up on the vast array of Carole Lombard goodies available through eBay and other sites.

Now, it’s finally time to examine some things Photoplay ran regarding Carole in the second half of 1931, as she settled into becoming William Powell’s second wife and the movies she made for Paramount in the first half of the year continued to circulate throughout the U.S. and the world.

Lombard’s status as a rising Paramount star was evident on the inside front cover of the July ’31 Photoplay, as she appeared in an ad for the studio:

carole lombard photoplay july 1931 paramount ad large

Carole posed with 16 of her fellow Paramount players, including Kay Francis, Gary Cooper, Wynne Gibson and Sylvia Sidney, elsewhere in the issue:

carole lombard photoplay july 1931 paramount group portrait large

And speaking of Cooper, he and Carole had teamed up for the just-released “I Take This Woman,” and the July ’31 issue showed Lombard, aided with some red spot color, emoting on the set:

carole lombard photoplay july 1931 i take this woman large

Lombard made her presence known in the August issue as well, as famed publisher James R. Quirk mentioned her in his “Close-Ups and Long Shots” column, and even prophesied about her career:

carole lombard photoplay aug 1931 james r quirk closeup

Quirk did not live to see Lombard reach those heights, as he died the following year.

Carole was literally back in that issue in Cal York’s gossip column…huh? Here’s what we mean:

carole lombard photoplay aug 1931 cal york closeup

The front side of Lombard fashion was seen in Seymour’s column:

carole lombard photoplay aug 1931 seymour large

Here’s a closeup of her outfit, and Seymour’s caption:

carole lombard photoplay aug 1931 seymour outfit
carole lombard photoplay aug 1931 seymour caption

Lombard’s marriage to Powell threw Photoplay a curve, as it had run a story doubting it would happen just as they took their vows. To make up for it, the magazine ran this piece in its September 1931 issue:

carole lombard photoplay sept 1931 why carole changed her mind 00a
carole lombard photoplay sept 1931 why carole changed her mind 01a
carole lombard photoplay sept 1931 why carole changed her mind 02a

And in the November issue, York ran another pic of Carole, this time with her mother:

carole lombard photoplay nov 1931 with mother large

Hope all of this was worth the month-long wait.

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