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Plan to pre-order ‘Ice Cream (Blonde)’   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.18 at 07:25

Current mood: excitedexcited

That’s Carole Lombard from sometime in the late 1920s, about the time she had become a star of sorts in two-reelers from Mack Sennett. Perhaps if he’d had the resources or mindset of his prime rival, Hal Roach, Sennett might have been able to craft Carole into someone similar to Roach’s top female performer…

…Thelma Todd. As things turned out, Lombard gained stardom, but took a different direction to get there.

Both Carole and Thelma left us much too soon under violent circumstances — and in some ways, their demise has overshadowed their achievements (more so in Todd’s case than Lombard’s). That now may change for Thelma, thanks to Facebook friend Michelle Morgan.

Her “The Ice Cream Blonde: The Whirlwind Life and Mysterious Death of Screwball Comedienne Thelma Todd” isn’t set for release until Nov. 1 — but it can be pre-ordered through for $26.95 (hardcover) at

Morgan, best known for her authoritative books on Marilyn Monroe — volumes that emphasize the oft-overlooked human angle of this cinematic icon — currently has another book out, this one on a musical icon of a few decades later:

As for Michelle, shown here channeling her inner Colleen Moore or Louise Brooks…

…what’s next from the house of Morgan? She’s currently being coy about her upcoming project…

…but we also know she’s conducted research on Lombard for quite a few years now. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Carole’s on deck.

Posted April 18, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

A ‘pet picture’ of Carole   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.17 at 23:00

Current mood: accomplishedaccomplished

Carole Lombard ranked with any classic Hollywood star where love for animals was concerned, and this one page, from the February 1937 issue of Screenland , proves it. We even learn the names of Carole’s menagerie.

The relationship between Carole and director Mitchell Leisen also is noted (although since it’s 1937, it says nothing about Leisen’s bisexuality):

Lombard is also part of a horoscope prediction story:

Marland Stone made Claudette Colbert the cover subject:

You can purchase this vintage magazine, which is said to be in very good condition, for $29.99 by visiting

Posted April 18, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

He didn’t get the girl, but at least he got a kiss   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.16 at 22:17

Current mood: lovedloved

For much of his career, Ralph Bellamy was the inevitable third wheel, the guy who never got the girl. He didn’t get Carole Lombard in “Hands Across the Table,” either, but Lombard was nice enough to give him a peck on his forehead. It’s an original vintage image, as the back makes evident:

It’s up for auction at eBay, with a minimum opening bid of $5; the auction closes at 11:56 a.m. (Eastern) Wednesday. Learn more at

It’s among 13 Lombard items being offered from mangiamo, a longtime seller of things Carole. (I met the sellers at Cinecon 50 last August, and they’re good people to work with; I bought a few items from them myself.) Among the others is this scene of Lombard and her fellow stranded bus passengers believing a plane may have spotted them in “High Voltage,” her first all-talkie:

See the entire list at

Posted April 17, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

‘Dressing’ a herald with a twist   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.15 at 15:07

Current mood: mischievousmischievous

“We’re Not Dressing” is hardly a classic, but it’s plenty of fun, a Bing Crosby musical vehicle with Carole Lombard thrown into the mix, not to mention Ethel Merman, Leon Errol, George Burns and Gracie Allen (neither of whom are pictured here — they’re elsewhere on the island) and even a young Ray Milland. No, it doesn’t come close to equalling the sum of its considerable parts, but if you enjoy 1930s Bing sing, you’ll be satisfied come the end.

A herald from the film now is available on eBay. One side appears typical (although note Burns and Allen were billed above Lombard, perhaps indicative of how relatively lowly Lombard was valued by Paramount in early 1934)…

…but be prepared for a surprise on the other side:

While the pre-printed herald is in English, the remaining page is in Spanish. The mix leads me to believe this was for a Spanish-language theater somewhere in the U.S., but I could be wrong. (Anyone care to translate the page?)

Bidding opens at $12, and the auction closes at 11:17 a.m. (Eastern) next Wednesday. If you’re interested, visit

Posted April 15, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

’30s solidarity! Help the magnificent Myrna   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.14 at 23:36

Current mood: hopefulhopeful

Two of the more avid tennis fans in Hollywood heaven, Myrna Loy and Carole Lombard, enjoy watching Alice Marble and Bobby Riggs team up for a mixed doubles match (as they did while on our mortal coil in the late 1930s). But that isn’t the primary reason Myrna asked her good friend to see the match, as we learn through special transcripts sent us from the world beyond…

Loy: Carole, I wanted you as my guest tonight because I need a favor from you.
Lombard: Anything on your behalf is fine — you don’t need to ask permission. (Smiles) Who do you think I am, the Godfather? Wait till I tell Brando that!
Loy: Well, your pal in the mortal world thought it best to get your permission.
Lombard: I think I know whom you’re talking about.
Loy: Yes, it’s him, the guy who orchestrated your successful campaign two years ago in the Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tournament.
Lombard: We had a lot of fun with that, like that poster where he enlarged me to King Kong size…

…though I had to explain to some folks here that I didn’t have an inflated sense of self. He played the sex angle up for me, too:

Loy: Now he wants to help me out in this year’s finals — according to him, I’m his second favorite all-time actress, and beat his third all-time fave, Barbara Stanwyck, to win the ’30s title.
Lombard: Who are you up against?
Loy: Natalie Wood, who won the ’60s title, then routed Greer Garson in one semifinal — as for me, I defeated Audrey Hepburn in the other.
Lombard: Natalie’s a really nice person. Hate how she got here, though.
Loy: As do I. Anyhow, your friend has nothing against her, either — he simply wants 1930s actresses to keep dominating this event.
Lombard: Bette Davis won it all last year after finishing second to me in 2013, and she came out of the ’40s division.
Loy: True, but I was reminded she won two Oscars in the thirties, none in the forties.
Lombard: So you want him to help you? Sure, go ahead.

And so I will — not through any banners, but through a call for my fellow Lombard fans to back Myrna. At last glance, Loy and Wood are neck-and-neck, with voting continuing through the rest of the week. Go to to cast your vote. Thirties solidarity!

Posted April 15, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Where a Heritage of beauty is Paramount, but negative   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.13 at 14:47

Current mood: enthralledenthralled

Two vintage Paramount-era Kodak nitrate negatives of Carole Lombard from the 1930s are up for auction at Heritage Auctions this week. Both are 7.75″ x 9.75″ and are part of Sunday’s Internet Movie Poster Auction (OK, so neither are posters — we don’t need to get technical). The one above is p1202-430; the other one available is p1202-889:

P1202-430 (from late 1032/early ’33) is rated in very fine condition, while p1202-889 (late 1934) is deemed in fine/very fine condition. When properly processed, each can lead to outstanding positive images, as witnessed above. So if you’re into producing photos of Carole in your darkroom, each of these could prove a wise investment.

As of this writing, the current top bid on each is $26 ($40 with buyer’s premium). If you’re interested in p1202-430, visit; for more on p1202-889, go to Learn about Heritage Auctions at

Posted April 13, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized

Sign in, Carole   Leave a comment

Posted by vp19 on 2015.04.12 at 18:10

Current mood: artisticartistic

Here’s an autographed photo of Carole Lombard now on sale at eBay. The signature appears genuine, and according to the seller, the image measures 5.5″ x 7″ — a size more associated with pictures for autographs than for publicity stills sent out to newspapers or fan magazines.

There’s no p1202 number to show it was part of Paramount’s roster of Lombard poses. In fact, if you look at the lower right-hand corner, no name is seen printed, merely “…in Paramount Pictures” below where Carole would sign. So I’m guessing this was produced by the studio specifically for Lombard to send to fans. (Another hint: The “Cordially” begins to run out of ink near the end of the word, so I’m guessing Carole then found another fountain pen in which to sign her name.)

Note the date at the top — May 22, 1935; according to the seller, that’s the date the collector documented he received or obtained this. It would be consistent with times of similar poses Lombard shot for Paramount, such as p1202-864:

The seller also provides a certificate of authenticity:

As is the case for nearly every Carole autograph, the price is hefty…but at least this seller has a way to lighten the burden. You can get it straight up for $799.99 or for $134 monthly for six months (a difference of only $4.01). Interested? Then go to

Posted April 12, 2015 by vp19 in Uncategorized


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