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Posted by vp19 on 2013.04.03 at 09:25
Current mood: pleasedpleased

With voting now under way in the finals of the 2013 Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tourney (Carole Lombard needs your vote against Bette Davis, and you can cast your ballot for Carole at http://poohtiger-allgoodthings.blogspot.com), we thought we’d turn out attention to some wonderful news for those who love classic Hollywood history: Extensive runs of two more 1930s fan magazines are now online.

carole lombard movie classic may 1935 cover
carole lombard the new movie magazine july 1933 cover large

Movie Classic, which ran from 1931 to 1937, and The New Movie Magazine, printed from 1929 to 1935, have both arrived at the Media History Digital Library (http://mediahistoryproject.org/fanmagazines), joining the ranks of Photoplay, Motion Picture and Picture Play. Yes, they’re fan magazines, so you have to do some careful discerning between truth and hyperbole, but both provide fascinating glimpses into the golden age of Hollywood. They make excellent research resources (and yes, Lombard biographer Michelle Morgan, we mean you).

Here’s one story on Carole from each magazine that we’ve only previously partially printed or ran on a much smaller scale. Note that Movie Classiccover above, from May 1935, about how she became the “best-dressed star”? We now have that entire story, where Lombard — by now renowned in the film colony for her fashion tastes — discusses the topic (though those long comments of hers lead one to believe that the author, Dorothy Kugler, didn’t quote her word-for-word):

carole lombard movie classic may 1935 best dressed star 00a
carole lombard movie classic may 1935 best dressed star 01a
carole lombard movie classic may 1935 best dressed star 02a
carole lombard movie classic may 1935 best dressed star 03a

Connoisseurs of classic Hollywood fan magazines have long deemed The New Movie Magazine a favorite. Author Anthony Slide notes, “The New Movie Magazine was one of the best fan magazines to emerge in the late 1920s/early 1930s. It cost only ten cents, compared to the 15 cents the other magazines charged, and it was available only from Woolworth stores.”

The cover above is from July 1933, but the following article, on Lombard and her home town of Fort Wayne, Ind., ran in The New Movie Magazine of September 1931 — about the time Bing Crosby and other artists had hits with “I Found A Million Dollar Baby (in a Five and Ten Cent Store).” For fans of Carole who shopped at Woolworth, this story was worth a million dollars…and check out the rare photo of her on the second page, from the period in between her movie debut in 1921 and her going full-time into the business in 1924:

carole lombard the new movie magazine sept 1931 hometown stories 00a
carole lombard the new movie magazine sept 1931 hometown stories 01a
carole lombard the new movie magazine sept 1931 hometown stories 02a

Delightful stuff — and we’ll have more goodies from both magazines in the future.

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Posted April 3, 2013 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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