Color Carole, by Hurrell   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2013.02.02 at 08:12

Current mood: accomplishedaccomplished

It’s the final few weeks of December 1937, heading into 1938, what would be the commercial apex of Carole Lombard’s career. She has not one, but two new movies in theaters — the Technicolor “Nothing Sacred” and her Paramount swan song, “True Confession” — was in a highly-publicized romance with Public Idol No. 1, Clark Gable, and was beloved by millions for her style both on- and off-screen. It’s no wonder Movie Mirror struck while the iron (and the star) was hot, putting her on its cover in a rare “natural color” portrait from the renowned George Hurrell, better known for working in black and white. And the way her career was going, Carole had every reason to smile.

Inside are five full-length pages with Bette Davis as fashion plate, including these two from Warners shutterbug Elmer Fryer…

…and an intriguing facing spread of sphinx-like Greta Garbo, then starring in “Conquest,” and vivacious Ann Dvorak, now reduced to appearing in the likes of Republic’s “Manhattan Merry-Go-Round,” which featured a brief appearance by Joe DiMaggio. (The baseball star would have better luck with Hollywood actresses than appearing in Hollywood movies, as his marriages to Dorothy Arnold and a certain lady named Monroe would attest.)

The seller labels this in “fine-” condition, adding: “An unrestored magazine with good color and an overall very presentable appearance. It may have edge wear with small tears on the covers and two pages, page 57 is missing, and the crossword puzzle on page 56 is filled in with pencil.” Just so you know what you might be getting into.

Bidding begins at 99 cents, but I can’t imagine it staying there for long; bids close at 11:27 a.m. (Eastern) Friday. Find out more at

Lombard had been guest editor of an issue of Screen Book in 1936; that December, she appeared in a stunning “then and now” page, “From Girlhood To Glamour”:

The cover subject was Rochelle Hudson:

Inside are full-page ads for “Born to Dance,” “Maid of Salem,” “3 Men on a Horse,” “Reunion” and “Come and Get It.” Others getting the full-page portrait treatment are Robert Taylor, Kay Francis, Norma Shearer, Jeanette MacDonald, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Moore, and Jean Rogers. It’s in “very fine-” condition, according to the seller, who calls it “An unrestored magazine with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight edge wear with small tears, minor smudges and stains, and some mild surface crinkles.”

Bidding conditions are similar to that of the other magazine. Additional details can be found at

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Posted February 2, 2013 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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