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

A youthful Lombard with a Brazilian beat   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.24 at 19:08

Current mood: artisticartistic

Four issues of the Brazilian movie magazine Cinearte from the late 1920s — all featuring photos of Carole Lombard in her late teens or at age 20 — are currently on sale at eBay. (All the magazines are in Portuguese, of course.) That includes Carole on the April 1929 cover, as seen above. It’s in very good condition, and you can buy it for $30 by visiting

The next two also are available for $30 — the February 1928 issue, with Lombard in an early Mack Sennett pose…

…and one from August 1929, where Carole shares a page with fellow Pathe starlet Jeanette Loff:

For February ’28, go to; the August ’29 issue is at

Finally, there’s the November 1928 issue, available for $29:

To purchase it or learn more, visit

Posted May 24, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Moore, with Mr. Powell and his ex   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.23 at 06:39

Current mood: moodymoody

His “ex” being Carole Lombard, of course, but the “Moore” is that woman shown with William Powell, Grace Moore. Known as the “Tennessee Songbird” and a one-time star of the Metropolitan Opera, she was Columbia Pictures’ version of Jeanette MacDonald, although she never quite had similar cinematic success. This image is from the Associated Press during the latter part of 1933, following the Lombard-Powell divorce that August, and while we can’t show the snipe, according to the seller of this eBay, this is how it reads:

William Powell, screen actor, and Grace Moore, Opera singer and actress, are practicing a duet together, much to the amusement of Carole Lombard, screen actress and the former Mrs. Powell. Miss Moore, who has recently signed a long-term contract with Columbia Studios, was guest of honor recently after an operatic engagement in Los Angeles. All Hollywood turned out to pay her homage. Miss Moore’s first picture for Columbia has tentatively been entitled “The Love Child.” It will be made early next year. Miss Lombard’s most recent picture for Columbia was “Brief Moment.”

Moore became infamous for her temper; she was the type for whom the term “diva” was invented. Several months after this picture was taken, the Hollywood Reporter of June 13, 1934 printed this anecdote about an encounter Moore had with Lombard:

I’m sure the “menials” on the Columbia lot were thrilled to see Carole — someone who stood up to bullies of either gender — give Grace a taste of her own medicine.

The seller labels this 8″ x 10″ as “well-preserved,” although a small piece of the upper-righthand corner is missing (I’ve cropped it out) and there also are “tiny creases.” Nevertheless, it’s in good condition.

This rare image has an initial bid of $20, with the auction scheduled to end at 3 a.m. (Eastern) June 1. If interested or curious, visit

Moore, born in 1898, and Lombard each were nominated for Best Actress (Grace’s came for “One Night of Love” in 1935) and shared a tragic fate, as both died in airline crashes. Moore’s came on Jan. 26, 1947 in Copenhagen, a day after she had sung to an audience of 4,000 in the Danish capital. Lombard’s old friend Gloria Swanson referred to their deaths in the film “Airport 1975.”

Posted May 23, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

A honeymoon souvenir   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.05.22 at 15:55

Current mood: worriedworried

Carole Lombard had two husbands and one honeymoon. That came with William Powell in mid-1931, a ship voyage to Hawaii. Carole would fall ill there, in retrospect perhaps a sign that their relationship would be more successful as friends than as lovers. Perhaps that’s why Lombard wasn’t all that insistent that she and Clark Gable have a honeymoon when they finally tied the knot in 1939.

The photo below is from when Bill and Carole set sail for Honolulu, with neither really knowing what was yet to come:

It’s an 8″ x 10″ reprint on professional photographic paper, and can be yours for $14.99. If interested, visit×10-Photo-IMG935-/151682878726?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2351010d06.

Posted May 22, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized