Clark and Carole and James and Jean…oh, and Loretta, too   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.14 at 19:08

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Carole Lombard and Clark Gable were a few months into their well-publicized marriage as the summer of 1939 began, the last summer before war clouds spread across Europe, just as they had been in Asia for some years. (As the weird typography of the snipe indicates, that’s a press release from RKO.)

The Gables’ new marriage was celebrated in that summer’s edition of Screen Album, basically a pictorial with a few paragraphs’ copy on Hollywood personalities:

The issue’s cover subject was Twentieth Century-Fox beauty Loretta Young, in all her brunette glory:

Another “couple” that appeared on facing pages in that issue weren’t married in real life — and their film characters weren’t, either. But James Stewart and Jean Arthur nevertheless had terrific screen chemistry in Frank Capra’s Capitol epic “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington”:

Who was Hollywood’s goddess of love in summer 1939? This issue put forth four lovely candidates — Madeleine Carroll, the long-since forgotten Isa Miranda, Warners firecracker Ann Sheridan and MGM stunner Hedy Lamarr:

And while the front inside cover offered a table of contents…

…and the back inside cover featured a profile of Don Ameche, whose recent portrayal of Alexander Graham Bell had vaulted him to stardom…

…both also featured plugs for their sibling fanmags, Modern Screen and Screen Romances.

This magazine, in very good condition despite its 76-year-old age, is up for auction at eBay. Bidding begins at $4.99, with bids closing at 9:13 a.m. (Eastern) next Friday. For more information or to place a bid, visit

Posted August 14, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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