Four from Cinelandia, and Vin is in for his 67th   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.28 at 21:31

Current mood: relievedrelieved

Whomever ran the Spanish-language film magazine Cinelandia was a fan of Carole Lombard. In the span of just under a decade (November 1929 to August 1939), Carole appeared on the monthly publication’s cover six times –– either by herself or with a co-star. That’s a pretty impressive ratio.

Above is the last of these six, a cover with Cary Grant from the upcoming “Memory of Love,” a title subsequently changed to “In Name Only.” Four months earlier, Lombard teamed with James Stewart to promote another film directed by John Cromwell, “Made For Each Other”:

Say you’re more interested in Lombard as a solo act? We have two examples of that, too. Check out this cover from July 1936…

…or this, from August 1937:

All are exquisite — and each of them can be bought for $19.99. You can find all four, plus some of the seller’s other Lombard goodies — including one of her multiple appearances on Cinelandia’s newsstand rival, Cine-Mundial –– by visiting http://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=rayorojo&hash=item43e1b1d7e9&item=291549337577&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR5.TRC0.A0.H0.Xcarole+lombard.TRS1&_nkw=carole+lombard&_sacat=0.

As I write this, the Dodgers have a 4-1 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the top of the ninth inning — and while that makes a lot of Angelenos happy, the big news tonight is that Vin Scully, who’s called the team’s games since 1950 (when the franchise was in Brooklyn), will return to the booth for the 2016 season…his 67th behind the mike.

The news was “announced” in the middle of the second inning — and we put that word in quotation marks because ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, who’s listened to Scully call ballgames since his childhood in Las Vegas, dropped a group of cue cards telling the news without saying a word. Scully’s been at his job since before Kimmel was born (and that fact applies to me, too).

As I’ve noted before, Vin was doing Dodgers games at the start of the ’50s, when my parents and older sister Helen resided in Brooklyn and, like nearly every resident of the borough, followed the Dodgers passionately. (I didn’t arrive until 1955, by which time the family was upstate in Syracuse.) All three are gone now, but thanks to Scully, I get to share in something they enjoyed…and mark my words, Vin still is very good at what he does.

Scully’s in his 80s now and rarely if ever travels with the team — but he unquestionably is the most beloved figure in the organization, more so that Tom Lasorda, Sandy Koufax or anyone else. It’ll be good to have him back for essentially two-thirds of a century of baseball.

For more on the news and Vin’s remarkable career, go to http://m.mlb.com/news/article/146013656/vin-scully-to-return-to-dodgers-booth-in-2016.

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Posted August 28, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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