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A potpourri of portraits   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.03 at 05:51

Current mood: determineddetermined

An assortment of Carole Lombard stills are being offered as a unit on eBay, including this rarity above from 1940’s “Vigil in the Night,” indicative of the resolve Carole gave to her character in this nursing drama. The item is being sold as “6 Glamorous Carole Lombard 8 x 10 Photographs,” but the other five portraits better display that side of her — for example, this early image, which may be from publicity sessions for her first Paramount film, “Safety in Numbers” from 1930:

This head shot is Paramount p1202-594, from about 1933:

A year or so later, Lombard teamed with George Raft for the dance film “Bolero,” and they posed for this publicity still:

Carole again was a dancer in 1937’s “Swing High, Swing Low,” where this leggy pose hails from:

And finally, this image, which I’m guessing comes from her 1933 Paramount film “White Woman”:

The seller states, “Aside from some minor denting, these prints are in excellent condition.” You can purchase the group straight up for $23.99 or place a bid starting at $16.99, in which case this becomes an auction lasting through 6:01 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday. To find out more, visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Glamorous-CAROLE-LOMBARD-8-x-10-PHOTOGRAPHS-/161782726455?hash=item25ab007f37.

Posted August 3, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Feel the steam (and the camp!) from this pressbook   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.02 at 06:55

Current mood: amusedamused

If you ever wondered how a Southeast Asia plantation was created on a Paramount soundstage for Carole Lombard’s 1933 potboiler “White Woman,” this photo helps provide an answer. Lombard and associates weren’t yet aware of the term “camp,” but that future Susan Sontag term oozes throughout this over-the-top production.

Now, a rare souvenir from this film has surfaced — a pressbook. It looks to be from the American release, as there are no British spellings or typically English fonts used. The seller correctly describes the front cover as “stunning with wonderful seductive image of Lombard.”

Shown are “typical inside pages,” with the sensationalistic ad angle used…

…with posters promoted on the back cover.

One senses this pressbook might be more fun than the actual film.

Bidding begins at $24.99, with the auction ending at 8:45 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday. Get in the game by going to http://www.ebay.com/itm/1935-Paramount-White-Woman-Orig-Pressbook-Charles-Laughton-Carole-Lombard-Scarce-/221842152256?hash=item33a6d29b40.

Posted August 2, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

As a mom, and at ‘Mom’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.08.01 at 20:15

Current mood: ecstaticecstatic

“Made For Each Other,” released in early 1939, marked the only time in Carole Lombard’s career that she played a mother chose character gave birth, and we get to see her Jane Mason as a mother in this still from Selznick International. Even better, the photo has a snipe that explains what this is all about:

This vintage 8″ x 10″ has an initial bid price of $59.99, and the auction is slated to end at 8:03 p.m. (Eastern) Thursday. If you’re interested in bidding or learning more, go tohttp://www.ebay.com/itm/James-Stewart-Carole-Lombard-Made-For-Each-Other-VINTAGE-Photo-candid-on-set-/361353188843?hash=item54225415eb.

Jane Mason faced significant challenges as a mother in the film, and so does TV’s Christy Plunkett (played by Anna Faris, right), but hers are far deeper and more serious than could have been shown on screen in Lombard’s day, even in the pre-Code era. Christy is a recovering alcoholic and addict who’s had two children (one played by Sadie Calvano, left) by different fathers, struggles to make ends meet — and on top of that, her mother Bonnie (played by Allison Janney, center), whom she’s had a tumultuous relationship with over the years and also is a recovering addict, now lives with her.

On the surface, that doesn’t sound like a formula for laughter, but the Chuck Lorre series “Mom” manages to do just that through crisp writing and acting, characters you care about, a blue-collar sensibility rare for today’s TV and a watchful balance of comedy and seriousness. Friday marked the filming of the third season’s premiere episode, and I attended it at Stage 20 of the Warners studio in Burbank.

Since I’m not the type who divulges spoilers, I won’t go into what we in the audience saw. However, I will note that while we were told coming in that we might have to remain until 10:30 p.m. — four hours after shooting began at 6:30 — we didn’t come close to that worst-case scenario (remember, it was a season opener and both cast and crew might have been rusty). Thankfully, everyone was on their game and it finished at 8:10, while Burbank still was in twilight. As I attended a “Mom” episode last Nuvember, I can’t say I was surprised things went so smoothly; Faris, Janney and the rest of the cast are old hands at all this, and the writing and technical people are similarly experienced. Lorre runs a tight ship.

“Mom” fans in the U.S. (and perhaps those in other countries) will have to wait more than three months to see this episode. Yesterday was major league baseball’s trade deadline; season three won’t open until Nov. 5, after the World Series. (Blame football, not baseball, as NFL games will air Thursdays on CBS in September and October.) And while cameras understandably are banned from TV episode filmings, we each were handed a program, so I’ve scanned both sides for your perusal.


Posted August 1, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Closing July with a new p1202   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.07.31 at 10:32

Current mood: relaxedrelaxed

It’s Carole Lombard p1202-641, taken sometime in 1933. We know this because the seller of this item noted the date stamped on the reverse of this is Nov. 7, 1933 (although the back of the photo, or any other information such as a snipe, isn’t shown). The dress looks similar to one Carole wore in p1202-638…

…and p1202-644:

The p1202-641 on sale measures 7.25″ x 9.5″ and is said to be in “Excellent Condition, no bends or creases.” You can buy it for $99.99 straight up or for $17 monthly for six months. Find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Original-1933-Carole-Lombard-Studio-Test-Photograph-Date-Stamped-/381347487600?hash=item58ca14df70.

The seller also has Paramount p1202-623 available — it too has a Nov. 7, 1933 stamp:

The price and other conditions are the same as the p1202-641. All the details can be found at http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Original-1933-Carole-Lombard-Studio-Test-Photograph-Date-Stamped-/381347489563?hash=item58ca14e71b.

Posted July 31, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Here comes summer…’Summer Under the Stars,’ that is   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.07.30 at 21:40

Current mood: excitedexcited

I confess that the expected (and confirmed) absence of Carole Lombard from this year’s “Summer Under the Stars” schedule on Turner Classic Movies did little to spur interest in the event for me. (Her day came Aug. 10, one day after William Powell received a SUTS honor for the first time. Curiously, “My Man Godfrey” wasn’t shown on either day.)

Other things — notably my attempt at a screenwriting career — as I begin my second year as a Los Angeles resident also have interfered with my usual SUTS interest, so only now have I investigated the schedule. It’s the usual TCM mix of familiar, forgotten and overlooked stars. The schedule (* represents first-time honoree):

1. Gene Tierney
2. Olivia de Havilland
3. Adolphe Menjou*
4. Teresa Wright*
5. Fred Astaire
6. Michael Caine
7. Katharine Hepburn
8. Raymond Massey*
9. Robert Walker*
10. Joan Crawford
11. Rex Ingram*
12. Robert Mitchum
13. Ann-Margret*
14. Groucho Marx
15. Douglas Fairbanks Jr.*
16. Patricia Neal*
17. Lee J. Cobb*
18. Vivien Leigh
19. John Wayne
20. Mae Clarke*
21. Alan Arkin*
22. Marlene Dietrich
23. Debbie Reynolds
24. Warren Oates*
25. Virginia Bruce*
26. Greta Garbo
27. Monty Woolley*
28. Ingrid Bergman
29. George C. Scott*
30. Gary Cooper
31. Shelley Winters



Nearly half the honorees are newcomers, and those of particular interest to me include Menjou (his politics and racism were loathsome, but he was a talented actor), Ingram (this year’s “black” star), Fairbanks Jr. (whom I met a few years before his passing), Clarke (a wonderful actress who deserves to be known for far more than grapefruit), Bruce (who appeared with Lombard in Carole’s Paramount debut, 1930’s “Safety in Numbers”) and Woolley (delightful in “The Man Who Came to Dinner”).

For more on this year’s SUTS, visit http://summer.tcm.com/.

Posted July 30, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Can’t see the movie? See the cigarette case   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.07.29 at 13:33

Current mood: curiouscurious

Take two honest-to-goodness cinematic legends, one who’s been on a U.S. Postal Service stamp (Gary Cooper) and one who should be (Carole Lombard), make them leads in a film, and you’d have something nearly all of us would be able to see, right? Not in the case of 1931’s “I Take This Woman.”

Rescued from oblivion in the late 1990s when a 16 mm print was found in the collection of author Mary Roberts Rinehart, whose story “Lost Ecstasy” was adapted into the Paramount film (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/45444.html), “I Take This Woman” has been seen on occasion since 2001 at places such as lower Manhattan’s Film Forum and the Myrna Loy Center in Helena, Mont. (Helena was Cooper’s hometown, as it was Myrna’s, and although they knew each other as youths, they curiously never made a movie together.) A few other places have run this rarity as well…but not very many. It has never been shown on Turner Classic Movies or any TV channel, nor has it been issued on DVD or home video. As a result, only a handful of Lombard (or Cooper) fans have ever seen it.

Consequently, it’s easier to locate this still from a cigarette case, now on sale at eBay, than to see the actual movie itself.

The stainless steel, double-sided case measures 4″ x 2 3/4″ x 5/8″.

You can fit all sorts of items inside — things such as “a driver’s license, business cards, 14 credit cards, coins, bills, 16 cigarettes (long or regular), iPod, MP3 players, earbuds, gift cards, or nearly anything else,” according to the seller.

If you’re a fan of Coop and Carole, this could be useful. It’s selling for $13.99, and you can buy it or find out more by visiting http://www.ebay.com/itm/Gary-Cooper-Carole-Lombard-I-Take-This-Woman-ID-Wallet-Cigarette-Case-USA-Made-/161778352780?hash=item25aabdc28c.

These may be the closing days of July, but television production is in full swing. I know, because this Friday, I’ll be over at Warners in Burbank to see a filming of the third-season premiere of my current favorite situation comedy…

…”Mom,” starring the talented tandem of personal comedic fave Anna Faris and the always-wonderful Allison Janney.

Many of you may have forgotten “Mom,” since its second season ended April 30. (And because it airs on Thursday nights and will be pre-empted by CBS pro football coverage for several weeks, its season opener won’t air until Nov. 5.) Talk about a withdrawal for “Mom” fans (then again, since the two leads portray mother-and-daughter recovering addicts, perhaps that isn’t the most appropriate term to use).

The Chuck Lorre series has won plenty of praise from critics, and a billboard promoting it ran on Sunset Boulevard this summer:

Complimentary tickets for the opener went fast, and as of today the next available “Mom” filming will be on Aug. 28. If you’re a fan of that series, or any other that tapes or films before an audience, get your ticket by visiting http://audiencesunlimited.com/. It’s a fascinating experience.

Posted July 29, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Plenty to ‘Confess’ about   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.07.28 at 19:10

Current mood: impressedimpressed

That’s a charming photo of Carole Lombard on the phone from “True Confession” (1937), her final film at Paramount. Even better, it’s an original, and here’s the snipe on the back:

Six other images from that film also are up for auction, and here they are:

That’s Una Merkel — every 1930s film heroine’s best friend — with Lombard in the first and third pictures, third-billed John Barrymore in the first and second, and co-star Fred MacMurray in the fourth and fifth.

As of this writing, the top pic has had one bid, for $10; the other photos have initial bids of $8 to $10, and auctions for all seven end on Sunday. You can bid or find out more by visitinghttp://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odkw=&_ssn=mangiamo&item=321816431141&_osacat=0&_from=R40&_trksid=p2046732.m570.l1313.TR4.TRC1.A0.H0.Xtrue+confession.TRS0&_nkw=true+confession&_sacat=0.

Posted July 28, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

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