‘Screenland,’ February 1938: Carole at her apex   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.06.14 at 22:23

Current mood: pleasedpleased

As 1938 began, Carole Lombard was basking in her peak of success. She had not one, but two hits in theaters, Paramount’s “True Confession” (above) and Selznick International’s “Nothing Sacred,” both of which garnered critical acclaim. Carole shrewdly kept a low public profile regarding her romance with the married (in name only) Clark Gable, but it was Hollywood’s worst-kept secret. Such a situation might have destroed the career of a lesser star, but by now Lombard was so beloved in the film community that it really didn’t matter.

So it’s no wonder that in its February 1938 issue, Screenland magazine showered mountains of hosannas on Carole…

…and elsewhere in the issue looked at the men she romanced on-screen:

And both of her new releases gained glowing reviews from Screenland editor Delight Evans, like Lombard a Fort Wayne native:

Let’s isolate and enlarge Evans’ reviews:

How about a bit of Gable-Lombard gossip?

There’s a lot more to this issue, but for now I’ll focus on a story whose title is salacious — “The Confessions of a Hollywood Secretary” — but instead gives us an inside look at the studio system in late 1937 and early ’38> There’s even a bit of info regarding a Lombard film:

Since I’m currently working on a few screenplays myself, reading this is incredibly fascinating, as if I’d been zapped back in time to work with writers, producers and stars — and note the story of how “Concertina” evolved into the Lombard vehicle “The Princess Comes Across.” Oh, and Joan Crawford graces the cover, painted by Marland Stone:

You can purchase this vintage magazine, said to be in “like new” condition, via eBay. Bidding begins at $39.99, with the auction closing at 3 p.m. (Eastern) June 24. Does this pique your interest? If so, learn more by visitinghttp://www.ebay.com/itm/SCREENLAND-1938-JOAN-CRAWFORD-GINGER-ROGERS-MACDONALD-CAROLE-LOMBARD-BOB-TAYLOR-/400925970629?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5d590cd0c5.


Posted June 15, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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