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Riding the rails, eating the food, then and now

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 12, 2018

Carole Lombard and Clark Gable were no strangers to restaurants, such as the Vine Street Brown Derby where they were photographed above. And when either or both had to get out of town and took the train, they relied on railroad food, which at the time was known as pretty darn good -- and not just in read more

A daughter of two legends tells all

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 11, 2018

Carole Lombard occasionally had intense interest in famed screenwriter Robert Riskin. She supposedly romanced him in 1932 as her passion for husband William Powell waned, and in 1935 these were regularly seen in public, though by year's end that too fizzled out and Carole pursued the married-in-name read more

Some Lombard auction items 'Profiled'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 10, 2018

How'd you like to own this portrait of Carole Lombard and Cary Grant from what would be their only teaming as co-stars, the 1939 RKO drama "In Name Only"? Well, you can, but you'd better contact Profiles In Calabasas, Calif.-based memorabilia dealer is holding a multi-day auction read more

Tomorrow, Una x 10 (happy birthday!)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 9, 2018

Carole Lombard was one of the many Golden Age actresses who benefited from having Una Merkel as a cinematic "best friend"-- and she'll be saluted all day Monday by Turner Classic Movies in the U.S. And while "True Confession," Lombard's lone film with Merkel, isn't among the 10, count 'em, 10 films read more

Vintage glamour, backed in linen

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 8, 2018

This is a promotional still for "Ladies' Man" (1931), Carole Lombard's second Paramount collaboration with William Powell, and they were married a few months after its release. It's not hard to see how Lombard's beauty attracted him -- she was elegant.The picture, a vintage linen-backed original, no read more

'Mon Cine,' ma Carole

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 7, 2018

Above is p1202-1, taken in New York in mid-1930, Carole Lombard's first official portrait as a Paramount player. That Dec. 11, the French film magazine Mon Cine reprised the photo, though it listed her as "Carol Lombard" (the version of her screen name she had dropped earlier that year to return to read more

Who's in Clark's top ten?

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 6, 2018

Carole Lombard appears thrilled (well, sort of) to be out on the town with new love interest Clark Gable in 1936. But would she have felt that way had she seen this article the previous year from the British movie mag Picturegoer Weekly (found by Jean Hunter at the Facebook site "Clark Gable: Origin read more

Academy Museum unveils its plans

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 5, 2018

This gown Carole Lombard wore in the 1936 classic "My Man Godfrey" was shown to the public nearly eight decades later when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences ran the exhibit "Hollywood Costume" in late 2014:It was held at the old May Co. department store building at Wilshire & Fairfax ( read more

'Godfrey' to go public in Oklahoma

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 4, 2018

Among the more popular sites to watch Carole Lombard movies, such as "Twentieth Century" (above), is public television. Local non-commercial channels -- whether or not they are affiliated with the Public Broadcasting System -- regularly run classic Hollywood films, frequently on Saturday night. Stat read more

Belatedly heralding 'Fast And Loose'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 3, 2018

"Fast And Loose" is the only film Carole Lombard ever shot in New York, and her only collaboration with the great character actor Frank Morgan. Now, a herald for that 1930 film has ben found...although it's not from 1930 (no surprise since it's from April, and the film wasn't issued until fall). But read more

'Breakfast,' en francais

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 2, 2018

French film audiences adored Carole Lombard as much as their counterparts elsewhere, so much so that an early-sixties revival of "To Be Or Not To Be" ran in Paris for more than a year. But a quarter-century earlier, "Love Before Breakfast" (titled "Ce Que Femme Veut" in France) was popular there -- read more

Mrs. Smith, minus the Mr.

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 1, 2018

Carole Lombard's return to comedy and penultimate film, "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," co-stars her with Robert Montgomery under the direction of Lombard's good friend Alfred Hitchcock. But here are some stills from that 1941 where we see Carole not with Bob, but a man trying to woo her after Mrs. Smith discov read more

Fashionably negative, but not from '32

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 30, 2018

One benefit of being a Carole Lombard "expert" is that you can clarify mistakes about memorabilia made by sellers and collectors. Take the above photo whose negative is on sale at eBay, for example.It's a lovely photo, said to be taken by famed Paramount photog Eugene Robert Richee. It shows Carole read more

'Closer' to Clark and Carole, and happy birthday, Anna!

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 29, 2018

Apologies to Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, but I guess I haven't paid much attention to supermarket checkout stands lately. If I had, I'd know that earlier this month, the weekly mag Closer ran a cover feature on Clark, focusing on his legendary, ill-fated romance with Carole:Moreover, the story h read more

Czech(oslovakia) this out

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 28, 2018

Nice-looking portrait of Carole Lombard, doncha think? Here's more information -- it's from the cover of a Czechoslovakian magazine, seen below in full:The magazine is from 1940 (not precisely sure when), at a time when Czechoslovakia was under Nazi occupation. Nor can I tell you much more about wha read more

Letting gravity help her relax

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 27, 2018

In 1929, Carole Lombard -- or as Pathe labeled her, "Carol Lombard" -- was filming "The Racketeer," and in one scene she had to wear a gown so tight she could not sit down in it. Fortunately, this recliner enabled Lombard to relax between takes, as a fan magazine of the time notes. Never saw this im read more

Not from '28, but nonetheless great

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 26, 2018

Carole Lombard and scores of other classic Hollywood actresses relied on Max Factor to make their characters -- and themselves -- look ethereal both on screen and off. So it should be no surprise that they lent their images to a booklet Factor printed on the art of make-up, tips the everyday woman c read more

For Carole, a matter of 'Time'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 25, 2018

Carole Lombard reached a cultural pinnacle of sorts when she made the cover of 2-year-old Life magazine. But it wasn't her first encounter with Henry Luce's publishing empire.Nearly 4 1/2 years earlier, Carole was part of the elder sibling of Life...Time, the weekly newsmagazine. It's a story about read more

A Mrs. Pantages, with an identity crisis?

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 24, 2018

In her early years, Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters) was known by slightly differing actress names. She was "Carol" Lombard during her time at Pathe, not permanently reverting to Carole until mid-1930, several months into her seven-year Paramount tenure. And above, we see her listed as "Carol read more

An ill-fated duo, together for the first time?

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 23, 2018

This photo, taken at a polo match in the early '30s, shows Carole Lombard, Will Rogers and Leslie Howard, all of whom would die in aviation accidents -- Rogers in 1935, Lombard in 1942, Howard in 1943. Another pic showing Carole with an ill-fated star may have surfaced.Thelma Todd was a beloved and read more