Archive for April 2015

‘Godfrey” is going Broadway…er, Chicago   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.22 at 14:53

Current mood: excitedexcited

Carole Lombard’s cinematic triumph, “My Man Godfrey,” may soon wind up adapted along the same lines as another Lombard gem…

…”Twentieth Century,” whose musical adaptation “On the Twentieth Century” has been revived this spring in New York with Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Gallagher. Of course, that story deals with a ride on the famed high-speed train, and “Godfrey” aficionados may have to ride it in the other direction to see it on stage:

That’s because this production will hold its world premiere not in New York, but in...Chicago.

According to BroadwayWorld.com, that city’s First Folio Theater will host “My Man Godfrey” as a stage play, not a musical, early next year. (Several years ago, it was reported that a musical version of “Godfrey” was set for Broadway, possibly with Chenoweth as Irene Bullock — Lombard’s role on screen — but the production never came to fruition.) Here’s more information about the “Godfrey” play:

MY MAN GODFREY, a World Premiere stage adaptation of the classic 1930’s American comedy starring William Powell and Carole Lombard, is also written by David Rice. Set in the midst of the Great Depression, this delightful tale is a cross between You Can’t Take it With You and the Jeeves and Wooster tales. A young heiress of a wealthy Park Avenue family, Irene Bullock, stumbles upon a disheveled and down-and-out vagrant, Godfrey, who is residing in the city dump. The scatterbrained socialite takes pity on him and hires him on to become the family’s new butler. As the story unfolds, Godfrey has to maneuver through the family’s eccentricities and a budding romance in order to save the family from themselves. The play will be directed by Jeff Award nominee Alison C. Vesely and feature Artistic Associates Kevin McKillip as the unflappable “Godfrey” and Hayley Rice as the comic maid “Edith.” MY MAN GODFREY begins previews January 27, opens January 30 and runs through February 28, 2016.

There’s no reason this can’t work on stage, though it might help if the city dump lacks the aromatic presence of the real thing. For more on this, go tohttp://www.broadwayworld.com/chicago/article/First-Folios-2015-16-Season-to-Include-THE-MADNESS-OF-EDGAR-ALLAN-POE-MY-MAN-GODFREY-More-20150421. So start planning this, gang, and leave the cameras at home.

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Posted April 22, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

A two-album set   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.21 at 17:24

Current mood: goodgood

But you won’t need a phonograph to play these, merely your eyes. These are Screen Album magazines from summer 1938 (above, with Carole Lombard on the cover) and 1936, and are being sold as a unit at eBay.

Inside the ’38 issue are profiles of William Powell and Myrna Loy…

…Robert Taylor and Margaret Sullavan…

…and a feature on “tomorrow’s stars”:

The ’36 cover subject is Claudette Colbert…

…while inside are Gladys Swarthout and John Boles…

…and Mae West and Ronald Colman:

The set has an opening bid of $18.99, with the auction ending at 2:18 p.m. (Eastern) next Tuesday. To get in on the action or learn more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Screen-Album-Lot-Of-2-1936-And-1938-Claudette-Colbert-And-Carole-Lombard-/131492908883?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item1e9d968f53.

Posted April 21, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

A nice Facebook ‘Tribute’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.20 at 21:50

Current mood: pleasedpleased

Isn’t that a delightful photo of Carole Lombard, surrounded by hay, said to be from 1937? I wasn’t aware of its existence until I saw it the other day at a new Facebook site dedicated to Carole.

It’s called “Carole Lombard Tribute” (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Carole-Lombard-Tribute/726186560834704?fref=ts), and is the creation of my Faceboook friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey, whom I met late last year when she visited Los Angeles from her native Australia. She’s received some help from the hosts of two other FB sites, “When Hollywood Was Golden” and “Clark Gable: When Hollywood Was Golden,” who designed this header for her:

As of this writing, the site has received 408 likes in but one week of operation, a solid debut. They’ve uncovered several gems, such as this one:

We’ve run several images of Carole in that outfit that dates from 1933, but now we know more about it — this is presumably from a snipe on the back of the photo: “Carole Lombard sporting a new grey suit which follow the lines of a man’s Prince Albert coat. The waistline is high and slit in the back, which runs from hemline to waistline. The hat is a chechia model in grey straw. Carole actually designed this dress herself [emphasis ours].” An impressive find.

To be fair, there are other Lombard-related addresses at Facebook, such as “CAROLE LOMBARD !!!” (https://www.facebook.com/groups/421288827952473/), a group with nearly 1,200 members; the fan page “The Films of Carole Lombard” (https://www.facebook.com/carole.lombard.fanpage?fref=ts), whose membership exceeds 3,400; and several more. All are doing splendid work in perpetuating Lombard to the public, and more power to all of them.

Posted April 20, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Lukas + linen = luscious   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.19 at 18:27

Current mood: curiouscurious

“No One Man” ranks among Carole Lombard’s more obscure features, and publicity stills from this 1932 Paramount film — her first top-billed vehicle — are relatively difficult to locate. That’s why discovering this image, pairing Lombard with future Academy Award winner Paul Lukas (“Watch On the Rhine”), is a major find.

Adding to this publicity still’s appeal is that it measures 7.25″ x 9.5″, is in very good condition (though it has been trimmed) and is linen-backed…a splendid combination for collectors.

This is up for auction at eBay with a starting price of $9.99. Bidding is set to close at 7:05 p.m. (Eastern) next Sunday. If you’re interested or would like to learn more particulars, visithttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Carole-Lombard-Paul-Lukas-No-One-Man-1932-ORIGINAL-scene-still-LINEN-/371307116260?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5673a0f6e4.

Posted April 19, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Plan to pre-order ‘Ice Cream (Blonde)’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.18 at 07:25

Current mood: excitedexcited

That’s Carole Lombard from sometime in the late 1920s, about the time she had become a star of sorts in two-reelers from Mack Sennett. Perhaps if he’d had the resources or mindset of his prime rival, Hal Roach, Sennett might have been able to craft Carole into someone similar to Roach’s top female performer…

…Thelma Todd. As things turned out, Lombard gained stardom, but took a different direction to get there.

Both Carole and Thelma left us much too soon under violent circumstances — and in some ways, their demise has overshadowed their achievements (more so in Todd’s case than Lombard’s). That now may change for Thelma, thanks to Facebook friend Michelle Morgan.

Her “The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd” isn’t set for release until Nov. 1 — but it can be pre-ordered through amazon.com for $26.95 (hardcover) at http://www.amazon.com/Ice-Cream-Blonde-Mysterious-Comedienne/dp/1613730381/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1429259828&sr=1-2&keywords=Ice+cream+blonde.

Morgan, best known for her authoritative books on Marilyn Monroe — volumes that emphasize the oft-overlooked human angle of this cinematic icon — currently has another book out, this one on a musical icon of a few decades later:

As for Michelle, shown here channeling her inner Colleen Moore or Louise Brooks…

…what’s next from the house of Morgan? She’s currently being coy about her upcoming project…

…but we also know she’s conducted research on Lombard for quite a few years now. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Carole’s on deck.

Posted April 18, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

A ‘pet picture’ of Carole   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.17 at 23:00

Current mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Carole Lombard ranked with any classic Hollywood star where love for animals was concerned, and this one page, from the February 1937 issue of Screenland , proves it. We even learn the names of Carole’s menagerie.

The relationship between Carole and director Mitchell Leisen also is noted (although since it’s 1937, it says nothing about Leisen’s bisexuality):

Lombard is also part of a horoscope prediction story:



Marland Stone made Claudette Colbert the cover subject:

You can purchase this vintage magazine, which is said to be in very good condition, for $29.99 by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/SCREENLAND-1937-CLAUDETTE-COLBERT-ROBERT-TAYLOR-Stor-JEAN-HARLOW-CAROLE-LOMBARD-/400902296513?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d57a393c1.

Posted April 18, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

He didn’t get the girl, but at least he got a kiss   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.16 at 22:17

Current mood: lovedloved

For much of his career, Ralph Bellamy was the inevitable third wheel, the guy who never got the girl. He didn’t get Carole Lombard in “Hands Across the Table,” either, but Lombard was nice enough to give him a peck on his forehead. It’s an original vintage image, as the back makes evident:

It’s up for auction at eBay, with a minimum opening bid of $5; the auction closes at 11:56 a.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. Learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/ORIGINAL-STILL-1935-HANDS-ACROSS-THE-TABLE-CAROLE-LOMBARD-RALPH-BELLAMY-/281663622120?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item419475cbe8.

It’s among 13 Lombard items being offered from mangiamo, a longtime seller of things Carole. (I met the sellers at Cinecon 50 last August, and they’re good people to work with; I bought a few items from them myself.) Among the others is this scene of Lombard and her fellow stranded bus passengers believing a plane may have spotted them in “High Voltage,” her first all-talkie:

See the entire list at http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=mangiamo&hash=item419475cbe8&item=281663622120&pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR5.TRC0.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard.TRS1&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.

Posted April 17, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized