Closing out with Clark and Carole   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2013.12.31 at 09:09
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carole lombard clark gable 1936a polar palace 01 front

As I write this, some of you (notably in New Zealand) have already welcomed 2014. Our way of wishing a happy new year for all is to show an array of rarely-seen images of Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, part of a collection of about 60 Lombard pics (most with Gable) that are on sale for prices ranging from $18 to $125. Here are a few, kicking off with that photo above, showing Clark and Carole at the Polar Palace in Hollywood in the spring of 1936 to watch an ice show starring Sonja Henie.

Another place the couple enjoyed visiting about that time was Gilmore Stadium, used for football in the fall but earlier in the year a venue for midget auto racing:

carole lombard clark gable 1936a midget auto races 00 front

Fast forward to January 1937, when they attended an event honoring Adolph Zukor, the Paramount patriarch:

carole lombard clark gable 1937a adolph zukor event front

That October, the pair went to the Los Angeles Tennis Club to see Carole’s protege Alice Marble battle her chief adversary of the time, Helen Jacobs:

carole lombard clark gable 1937a alice marble helen jacobs 00 front

There are several images from 1938, such as this charming pic taken at the Barnes Circus, where a young boy tags along seeking their autographs (from the ebullient look on Gable’s face, I bet he got them):

carole lombard clark gable 1938a barnes circus front

From July, Clark and Carole are shown descending the stairs while attending a preview:

carole lombard clark gable 1938a premiere front

That December, the pair — who hadn’t been seen together in public for a few months as legal and marital affairs were in high gear — went to the premiere of “Men With Wings”:

carole lombard clark gable 1938a men with wings 00 front

Everything was resolved by the start of 1939, and that summer the now-married couple were pictured at their Encino ranch:

carole lombard clark gable 1939a ranch 00 front

The Gables celebrated their first anniversary that March with a cake at Clark’s MGM dressing room:

carole lombard clark gable 1940a first anniversary 00 front

And on Dec. 23, 1941, Clark and Carole were pictured with Jack Benny at the Beverly Wilshire, perhaps for a cast party for “To Be Or Not To Be”:

carole lombard clark gable 1941a jack benny beverly wilshire 00 front

You can see all these photos — most of which have a snipe on the back with further information — at http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&item=370974384442&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&_osacat=0&hash=item565fcbe13a&_ssn=thingzlimited&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR8.TRC2.A0.Xcarole+lombard&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0&_from=R40.

Speaking of Benny, let’s celebrate the new year with Jack by showing the Dec. 31, 1961 episode of “The Jack Benny Program.” It’s fascinating to see how Benny made the transition from radio to television; the humor isn’t quite as surreal, and Jack’s 1961 self was a bit more textured and relaxed than he was in earlier years — but the important thing is that he’s still funny, with that impeccable comedic timing. Enjoy, and best wishes for a happy 2014.

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Posted December 31, 2013 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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