That ‘Sacred’ flyer is back, and happy birthday, Jackie   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.21 at 18:15

Current mood: ecstaticecstatic

It was six months ago tomorrow that we announced a sale on a handsome 6″ x 10″ flyer for Carole Lombard’s Technicolor comedy “Nothing Sacred”, placed into the program for the Southern Cal-UCLA football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Dec. 4, 1937 (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/767135.html). Oh, and that day SC outlasted the upstart Bruins, 19-13.

We see the film had premiered three days earlier, both at Grauman’s Chinese on Hollywood Boulevard and Loew’s State downtown.

The flyer, which may or may not be the same one that someone tried to sell in February, has resurfaced. But whereas the item had an earlier sale price of $135.95, this one’s available for nearly half that — $75.95. (The game program is not included.) The seller says it’s “in beautiful, unused condition with light toning due to its age and is single weight paper,” and suggests it would be good for framing. We agree.

Does the lower price make you more interested this time around? If so, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nothing-Sacred-Movie-Flyer-Poster-Carole-Lombard-Chinese-Theater-1930s-Hollywood-/252063871138?hash=item3ab02d70a2#viTabs_0.

And we wish a happy 74th birthday today to one of my favorite singer-songwriters of the ’60s, the wonderful Jackie DeShannon. It just so happens that tonight also marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of this video on the syndicated “Hollywood a Go Go” show, as Jackie performs — OK, lipsynchs — her composition “When You Walk in the Room.” In August 1965, this song probably was better known for the Searchers’ recent hit version, which is fine in its own right, than the original by DeShannon herself. (She had the misfortune of having this initially released the day after John F. Kennedy’s assassination, so it reached no higher than #99 on the Billboard Hot 100. Until the Beatles’ arrival in early 1964, American pop music essentially was in a holding pattern.)

I’ve long loved this performance (and ran it here before); note how Jackie slips up mouthing the words at the start, but effortlessly makes up for it with boundless charm. Then near the end, watch her dip her head seductively — it gets me every time. Two more things to note about this video: Facebook friend Randy Nauert and his band the Challengers, who backed Jackie many times on southern California stages in the mid-sixties (performances where she actually sang!), instrument-sync here, for lack of a better term. And the shirt DeShannon is wearing? It was a gift from John Lennon when she toured with the Beatles in 1964. Happy birthday, Jackie — and if I have anything to do with it, you’ll get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2017.

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Posted August 21, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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