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Posted by vp19 on 2014.11.06 at 07:16

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“Lady By Choice,” which would be Carole Lombard’s fifth and final film at Columbia in late 1934, was an enjoyable outing for both star and studio. We’ve noted that coarse Columbia mogul Harry Cohn, one of the most disliked people in the industry, had a good working relationship with Carole — probably because he gave her better vehicles than did her home studio of Paramount. That continued with “Lady By Choice,” Cohn’s attempt to cash in on the success of his “Lady For A Day” success the year before. (Forget that there’s no real link between the movies.)

Another publicity photo from the film shows Lombard on the set with co-star May Robson, along with a guest (one Carole knew well) working on another Columbia production:

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He’s Warner Baxter, a castmate of Carole in 1930’s “The Arizona Kid.” And while he was friendly with Lombard, he was primarily there to see Robson, as this snipe indicates:

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Interesting story about the relationship between Robson and Baxter’s wife, as Lombard listens intently.

This 8″ x 10″ glossy has been floating around eBay for some time; the seller says it has “two light dents at bottom right edge ~ a few very light dimples ~ generally excellent condition.” Now, it’s up for auction, with the opening bid at $49.95. Bidding is scheduled to close at 11:33 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. If you wish to bid or simply are curious, then visit

Posted November 6, 2014 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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