Posted by vp19 on 2015.02.25 at 17:15
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…as in Clark Gable and Carole Lombard home movies. You’ve probably seen some of these images before on documentaries about the couple, or perhaps as extras on DVDs starring one or the other. But now, the personal home movies of the Gable household — featuring highlights of his marriage to Carole, as well to his two subsequent wives — are up for auction.
This collection of film includes the original, uncut, no-fade Kodachrome movies of Gable and Lombard on one of their hunting trips with select friends. It also contains premiere footage from “Gone With The Wind” and newsreel footage not used but prepared for Gable’s archive. Note the films will not be broken up.
Here’s the list of the footage being offered:
1. Hunting Trip – Lombard, Gable + family – 9 Minutes
(0:00 to 9:20)
2. Lady Sylvia Ashley honeymoon – 6 Minutes
(9:20 to 15:20)
3. 1949 Guaymas deep sea fishing trip – 4 minutes
4. Kay Spreckels Home Movies including John Clark Gable ceremony at school and family members “Doing the twist” – 40 minutes, 30 seconds
(19:30 to 1:00)
5. Skiing Footage (reversed) 1 Minute
(1:00 to 1:01:40)
6. Sound – Gone with the Wind premiere – Hotel Georgian Terrace – Mayor Presiding | Star Arrivals at Airport; Focus on Gable and Lombard, Leigh, Olivier, Selznick, De Havilland et al – 8 minutes
(1:01:40 to 1:09:00)
7. Gable Newsreel – GWTW stars of the movie touring Atlanta
(1:09:00 to 1:19:00).
8. Sound and Commentary – Gable receiving his military diploma and wings – 30 seconds
(1:18:00 to 1:19:00)
9. Sound and Commentary – Newsreel of Lady Sylvia Ashley and Gable just before they leave for their honeymoon – 4 Minutes
(1:19:00 to 1:23:00)
10. 1957 Academy Awards – Gable presenting on stage with Doris Day and Bob Hope – 4 Minutes
(1:23 to 1:27)
As you can tell, there’s quite a bit of Lombard and “Gone With the Wind” stuff here. (Aside from the top image, which was taken by me today upon seeing some of this footage — there was some glare that I cropped out — all of the images above are from the reels.)
These films have been handled with the utmost care, as the image below confirms…
…and anyone seeking to purchase these should be a serious private collector, preferably familiar with 16mm film.
The minimum bid is $800, and the auction is scheduled to close at 10:37 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. If you’re truly interested in these films and can do them justice, find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Clark-Gable-Carole-Lombards-16mm-Home-Movies/231488781872?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D28797%26meid%3Db099a97b189a466fa766437853b4b26f%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D231488781872.