‘A celebrated comedy, now seeming a bit strident’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.10.05 at 20:15

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Carole Lombard and ex-husband William Powell may have teamed up for comedy magic in “My Man Godfrey,” but it wasn’t always universally hailed as a screwball classic. For proof, look at the comment written on the back of the above photo:

MY MAN GODFREY (1936)
A celebrated comedy, now seeming a bit strident in the “zany-madcap-screwball” style of which this was a model. William Powell is suave and compelling — masterly. Carole Lombard is lovely and funny.

When was this comment made? In the mid-’60s at the earliest; we know from examining the entire picture and seeing a “copyright 1963 SCREEN GEMS” reference. (Screen Gems was a division of Columbia, and even though “Godfrey” was a Universal release, by that time it probably was in the public domain.) See the entire photo below.

Who made the comment? “A gentleman who truly loved his movies,” according to the seller of this item, adding said gentleman had more than 200 film stills in his collection and attached synopsis on the back. All the pics are in “VG+” (very good plus) or better condition, the seller notes.

This one has an opening bid of $9.99, with bidding closing at 9:18 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. If you’re interested in this one, visithttp://www.ebay.com/itm/Carol-Lombard-William-Powell-Movie-Still-1936-My-Man-Godfrey/351538702200?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Dc93e5852f4a2428bba2a0b502969d450%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D351538702200 to find out more.

Oh, and don’t forget — tomorriw marks the 107th anniversary of Lombard’s birth. Celebrate in your own special way.

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Posted October 5, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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