Posted by vp19 on 2015.06.28 at 20:00
Current mood: curious
Two relatively obscure Carole Lombard films that have not yet secured an official DVD release now are available for purchase online.
The photo on top shows Lombard with William Boyd in a scene from the 1928 Pathe silent “Power,” a film that co-stars Alan Hale Sr. and marked the movie debut of Joan Bennett.
“Power” probably is in the public domain (her three Pathe talkies have that status), and it’s likely that this was derived from a 16mm print of uncertain quality. It should also be noted that Lombard’s part is a rather small one. Nevertheless, there are some Carole completists who will want this for their collection.
The DVD sells for $19.99, and it can be yours by going to http://www.ebay.com/itm/POWER-1928-DVD-WILLIAM-BOYD-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JOAN-BENNETT/252008606384?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D29979%26meid%3D8cd7db3962984ec1913cab3ab9879a13%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D252008589099.
The status of the other film being offered, from the same seller, is more problematic.
“From Hell to Heaven,” released in early 1933 with Lombard as top-billed (that’s Jack Oakie with Carole), was a Paramount offering when it hit theaters, but was it part of the pre-1948 package the studio later sold to MCA, which then gave the rights to Universal? Most of Carole’s films from Paramount now are Universal property, but a few have slipped into public domain (e.g., “Swing High, Swing Low”). Does “From Hell to Heaven” have similar status? To be honest, I don’t know.
This is only going for $15.99, and I’m not sure whether that’s indicative of the quality of the print. To purchase or learn ore, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/FROM-HELL-TO-HEAVEN-1933-CAROLE-LOMBARD-JACK-OAKIE/252008589099?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D29979%26meid%3D8d611ec1c099495185579a22cfdde09b%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D252008606384.