Archive for May 2015

Book news that’s downright Amazon-ian   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.31 at 20:21

Current mood: optimisticoptimistic

Above is one of my very favorite portraits of Carole Lombard, one that’s probably familiar to some of you as on the rear dust jacket cover of Larry Swindell’s 1975 book “Screwball,” which probably remains the best known Lombard biography. I show it here because we’ve just received more news on an upcoming volume which may supplant it. In fact, I’ll let its author-to-be, Michelle Morgan, explain it from her Facebook site:

I’m really surprised to see that my Carole Lombard book is on Amazon already! Along with a publication date — September 2016. It can be pre-ordered here:

The official announced release date is Sept. 5, 2016 in the United Kingdom (from The History Press); that’s Labor Day in the U.S., although a date for any American release won’t be known for a while. We also know that it apparently will have the title Morgan requested — “Carole Lombard: Twentieth-Century Star” — and that its length will be 256 pages. (How early in the process are we? Morgan’s book on Thelma Todd won’t be released for another five months, and she only received word about the approval of her Lombard project about 10 days ago.)

One thing we don’t know yet is what the cover photo will be. According to Morgan, “They will chose the pic once they have received all of my photos in December. I’m busy buying some lovely original photos as we speak.” It’s too bad this photo doesn’t come in a vertical version, because it perfectly captures Carole’s warm, playful personality:


Posted May 31, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Motherly love   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.30 at 20:10

Current mood: lovedloved

I think it safe to say that no woman meant more to Carole Lombard than her mother, Elizabeth Peters — and Carole always insisted that much of the beauty she possessed was inherited from the woman known as “Bess.” This photo, which appears to be from 1932 or 1933 judging from Lombard’s appearance (look at that smile!), is proof of what she was talking about. Bess would’ve been about 56 or 57 at the time this was taken.

This sepia picture is original, albeit trimmed, measuring 7 1/2″ x 9 1/2″; it’s deemed in good condition. There is some minor handling wear.

You can purchase this photo for $59.99. To buy it or learn more, visit

Posted May 30, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Clark and Carole’s clippings. Lots and lots of clippings.   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.29 at 12:44

Current mood: curiouscurious

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were photographed together thousands, if not tens of thousands, of times during their courtship and marriage. And it seems as if quite of few of these images appear in two sets of clipping packages now up for auction at eBay. These were bought from the estate of Kay Gable, and I’m guessing she got these from a fan somewhere along the line.

Here’s a glance at the first set, along with some highlights:

This set has plenty of pics of the couple; here are two examples:

There’s even a page of Gable portraits from various times in his career:

Bidding begins at $29.99, with the auction closing at 7:16 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. Bid or learn more (and see additional clippings) at

Now to the second set:

For me, the highlight of this collection is the “Rumors About Me!” story written by Elizabeth Wilson, a close fanmag friend of Carole’s. It’s from a March 1942 publication, which means it had just gone to press at the time of Lombard’s death:

This one has a slightly higher starting bid ($32.99), with the auction ending at 7:41 p.m. (Eastern) next Thursday. Additional information and other clippings can be seen at

Posted May 29, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Lombard and a lollipop   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.28 at 12:48

Current mood: amusedamused

No one ever took Carole Lombard for a sucker…but that didn’t mean she couldn’t occasionally enjoy one. Here she is with a lollipop on the set of “In Name Only” early in 1939, an image that’s autographed:

That’s a bit hard to read; fortunately, the names she inscribed this to are on the back:

So just who are Mr. and Mrs. Raul Bopp? According to the seller of this item, Raul Bopp (1898-1984) was a Brazilian poet and diplomat in the U.S. He had a photo album of autographs of film stars, from which this was taken and was part of his estate. This is in fine condition. (Lombard is reading something on “The Howards of Virginia,” which like “In Name Only” starred Cary Grant — although it was one of his least successful starring vehicles.)

As of this writing, five bids have been made, topping at $22.50, and the auction is set to conclude at 7:24 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. I’m not sure how high this will end up, but barring the unforeseen, the final price should be fairly reasonable for an autographed picture of Carole. To bid or find out more, go to

Posted May 28, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

This is dedicated to…   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.27 at 14:48

Current mood: gratefulgrateful

That Carole Lombard on the cover of the Dec. 4, 1937 issue of the British film magazine Picturegoer –– and author Michelle Morgan announced on her Facebook site today that “The postman just brought me my first ever Carole Lombard cover. Picturegoer 1937, with an article inside too!”

That article is a two-page spread on Carole’s current movie, “True Confession”:

I bring this up because Michelle has just been greenlighted to write a Lombard biography, a project she’s wanted to do for years. And the other day, I received this news from her:

Needless to say, I was both floored and thrilled by the news — but I wanted to make certain that this was not a singular honor:

And I meant every word of what I wrote. Carole Sampeck may not have a blog, but long before I got into this, she’s been spreading the word about Lombard through the memorabilia she’s collected for The Carole Lombard Archive, her expertise on autographs and so much more — such as accepting the recent honor for another recent Lombard book, “Fireball,” written by good friend Robert Matzen:

To me it is only fitting to share this honor, and I am so glad that’s the case.

So later in the entry, Michelle and I had this exchange:

I doubt very many of you have been listed in a book dedication; until now, I certainly hadn’t. And if you’ve ever read any of Michelle’s previous books — on Marilyn Monroe, Madonna or other topics — you know she does her research and writes in a fair, reasoned manner. While the number of people today who actually knew Lombard have dwindled down to a precious few, it’s been compensated for by a sharp increase in available Lombard-related print material through digital uploading of contemporary sources such as fan magazines and trade publications.

With that sort of access heretofore unavailable to Lombard biographers, Morgan should have another winner on her hands, and I know both Sampeck and I are thrilled that we’ll be a part of it.

And to close this entry, a song about dedication, one that’s become a standard of sorts. The 5 Royales had the original and toughest, most down-home version; the Shirelles had perhaps the biggest hit with it; and the Mamas and Papas added their own inimitable touch to the song in 1967. We are, of course, referring to “Dedicated to the One I Love.”

Posted May 27, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

A lobby card for ‘Breakfast’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.26 at 17:59

Current mood: sympatheticsympathetic

Here’s a lobby card for the first of two movies Carole Lombard made for Universal in 1936, “Love Before Breakfast.” Although Preston Foster is ostensibly the film’s leading man, that’s Cesar Romero shown with Carole on the 11″ x 14″ card.

This is deemed in near mint condition and is up for auction at eBay, with $350 as the starting bid. The auction is scheduled to close at 12:07 a.m. (Eastern) Tuesday.

If you can scrape up the money and beat out your rivals, this vintage rarity can be yours. Bid or find out more by visiting

Posted May 26, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Three shots of ‘High Voltage’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.25 at 22:11

Current mood: nostalgicnostalgic

“High Voltage,” released in the spring of 1929, was Carole Lombard’s first all-talkie, and as we’ve quipped before, it hardly lives up to its name, though it’s really no better (or worse) than most of its early sound contemporaries. But at the time, talking films were such a novelty to audiences that it managed some success at the box office.

The above image — where the cast is seeking to summon an airplane after their bus broke down and they found refuge in a chilly abandoned church — isn’t currently up for auction, but these next three from the movie are, including this somewhat similar exterior shot (this part of the movie was done on location in the Sierra Nevadas). Carole’s third from left, to the right of William Boyd and her Pathe pal Diane Ellis:

Next, Lombard is sleeping as Boyd (standing) and Owen Moore watch over her:

Finally, here’s Carole with Boyd, as an ill Ellis rests. This one also has a snipe:

Each of the photos is vintage, and all have opening bids of $5 with auctions ending between 11:42 and 11:47 a.m. (Eastern) next Monday.

For more on the exterior shot, go to; to learn about the one with Lombard sleeping, visit; and for information on the one with the snipe, check out

Posted May 26, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized