Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.02 at 22:25
Current mood: melancholy
We don’t know whether Carole Lombard saw this sublime publicity portrait for “To Be Or Not To Be” in finished form before she left Los Angeles for that fateful eastward journey on Jan. 12, 1942. To call it “exquisite” would be an understatement; its elegance conveys a new approach for Lombard, perhaps something she felt befitting an Ernst Lubitsch film. (She had sought to work on one of his movies for more than a decade, and now she finally had her chance.)
By the time the public saw it, however, Carole was in the past tense, an indirect casualty of the conflict America finally had entered the month before her death…and this image, used in newspapers to promote the movie and her posthumous performance, almost certainly led to a sense of melancholy from American moviegoers:
We know it ran in late March to promote its showing at the Paramount Theater in whichever city this newspaper served, then nearly two months later at the Coliseum, presumably one of the “nabes.”
You can bid for this at eBay; the auction closes at 7 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday, and bidding opens at $14.95. It measures 8″ x 9.5″ and is “cropped with minor flecks on right side.” Go tohttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-1942-Actress-Carole-Lombard-Glamour-Hollywood-To-Be-or-Not-to-Be-Photo-/391098573546?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5b0f4aa2ea to learn more.