Spend some time in 1920s ‘Screenland’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2014.04.20 at 19:20
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carole lombard screenland october 1935 cover

That’s from the October 1935 issue of Screenland, apparently the first time Carole Lombard appeared on the cover of that fan magazine. We note it because the Media History Digital Library has added it to its extensive online library of fan mags, and a considerable run it is, too — from 1920 to 1960, save for 1925 (though some of the earlier volumes either are lost or have yet to be uploaded).

This must have been done recently, because it has yet to be publicized, nor has Screenland’s holdings been added to its Lantern search platform.

Screenland’s initial issue was dated September 1920, and the magazine ran for slightly more than half a century. It featured the likes of literary legend H.L. Mencken as its film reviewer in 1922, and two years later hired as its editor and reviewer a lady with the colorful name of Delight Evans (who, like Lombard, was a Fort Wayne, Ind., native); she’d remain with the magazine until the late ’40s.

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This image from October 1928 may have been Lombard’s first picture in Screenland; it probably came from Pathe Pictures, which unlike Mack Sennett did not use an “e” at the end of her first name. The initial story on her apparently ran a year later, in its September 1929 issue, titled “Lombard — Unlimited.” The first two pages have previously run at Carole & Co., albeit in relatively small print, but here’s the entire article (double-click to see it at full size):

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A few noticeable errors here. As most of us know, Carole was not born with the last name of Lombard but came into this world as Jane Alice Peters…and while she attended high school in Los Angeles (though she did not graduate), it was at Fairfax High, not Los Angeles High. And while Buck Jones was, like Lombard, born a Hoosier, it was in Vincennes, Ind. — at the other end of the state — and not Fort Wayne, much less Rockhill Street.

This pic of Carole with Pathe stablemate Diane Ellis and a canine companion also ran in September of ’29:

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The December issue featured Evans’ review of “Big News,” and while she generally approved of the picture, she refused to give her fellow Fort Wayne expatriate a hometown discount…

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..although some of her banter with Robert Armstrong made its “The Best Lines Of The Month”:

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She also was shown relaxing on a lean-to between scenes, probably on the set of “The Racketeer,” because her gown was too tight:

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The February ’29 issue reported on some parties, including one hosted by Mitchell Leisen…at least we think it’s Leisen (he was Cecil B. DeMille’s art director), though judging from the apparent phonetic spelling, we can’t completely be sure:

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We learned Lombard danced (“beautifully”) with Barry Norton, an Argentine actor born Alfredo Carlos Birabén and a noted ballroom dancer:

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But here’s the most interesting tidbit…we learn Lombard tried her hand at surfboarding, decades before it became fashionable:

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Carole Lombard, surfer girl?

More Lombard-related items from Screenland in the near future.

Posted April 20, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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