Posted by vp19 on 2015.07.21 at 20:19
Current mood: giddy
“We’re Not Dressing,” from the spring of 1934, is one of those Carole Lombard movies that’s more fun than it’s actually very good. Lombard’s the leading lady for Bing Crosby, playing a sailor hired to run wealthy Lombard’s yacht; when it’s shipwrecked on a desert island, Bing turns the tables and cuts the haughty heiress down to size, as they fall in love. (The story is derived from “The Admirable Crichton.”) And what a cast…pictured above with Bing and Carole are Ethel Merman, Leon Errol and Ray Milland as one of the men seated at lower right — later on, they encounter George Burns and Gracie Allen. Plus Crosby sings, of course: titles include “May I” and “Love Thy Neighbor.”
At about this time, Columbia’s “Twentieth Century” was hitting theaters, providing audiences with a new view of Lombard; this in contrast was the Carole the public heretofore knew, an all-purpose leading lady who looked great and did little else.
If you’re a fan of both the film and the 16mm format, you’re in luck, because a print of “We’re Not Dressing,” said to be in near-mint condition, now is available at eBay.
According to the seller, “This fun-filled musical comedy is in top shape, with no vinegar. This is the complete full-length feature, mounted on two 1,600 ft. reels. A great cast and a great collectible. And it’s loaded with songs by Bing and company.” (This is a safety-stock reduction print, not the original nitrate.)
Interested? Bidding begins at $199, with the auction ending at 9:30 p.m. (Eastern) Monday. You can bid, or learn more, by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-16mm-Feature-WERE-NOT-DRESSING-Bing-Crosby-Carole-Lombard-/201392159694?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2ee3e87bce.