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Can you 'Take This Woman' on DVD? Apparently so

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 19, 2017

Has arguably the least seen of Carole Lombard's Paramount features been issued on DVD? If an eBay seller's ad is true, yes."I Take This Woman," the 1931 film Carole made with Gary Cooper, is being advertised on eBay, as three other relative Lombard rarities -- "Sinners in the Sun" (1932), "Bolero" ( read more

Carole's Heritage up for auction this weekend

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 18, 2017

This charming photo of Carole Lombard with her beloved Palomino gelding Pico is Paramount p1202-1541 from late 1937. It's among an array of Lombard photographs up for auction at Heritage Auction this weekend.Heritage is based in Dallas, so my good friend Carole Sampeck (who lives in the Metroplex) i read more

Go west, bad Carole

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 16, 2017

"The Arizona Kid" (1930) has a rather unusual spot in the Carole Lombard oeuvre. Let us explain why:* It's the only surviving film, and her lone talkie, from Fox Studios, where she toiled as a starlet for several silents in 1925 before an auto accident sidelined her and led Fox to decline to renew h read more

A reissue I missed

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 15, 2017

"Hands Across the Table" is probably my favorite Carole Lombard film made at Paramount. It has laughs (as seen in this scene, where Carole pretends to sound like a long-distance operator, to Fred MacMurray's delight), romance, even more sexual tension than a 1935 film was supposed to have, thanks to read more

Carole and Coop, 'Now and Forever'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 14, 2017

"CAROLE AND GARY ARE IN LOVE AGAIN" -- but lest you think Lombard and Cooper were intimate, romantically or physically -- this 1934 fan magazine (not sure which one it is) instantly slaps such thoughts from your mind by noting, "Of course, they're only pretending." Darn.We bring this up because seve read more

Bringing back a bit of classic (West) Hollywood

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 10, 2017

In the fall of 1941, Carole Lombard was fulfilling a years-long dream by starring in a film for director Ernst Lubitsch, "To Be Or Not To Be." A United Artists production (thus enabling Carole to boast she had worked for all of the industry's eight major firms), it was shot at the Goldwyn Studios of read more

Thru these portals, a Hollywood classic will be restored

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 9, 2017

It's late December 1938 and Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, not yet married but well on their way to doing so, joined an array of Hollywood notables attending the grand opening of the cinema capital's latest nightclub. It was on Sunset Boulevard, not far from the Columbia Square (CBS) and NBC West C read more

Another #MeToo story from classic Hollywood

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 8, 2017

From all accounts, Carole Lombard had a fine working relationship with director William Wellman while making "Nothing Sacred." (He's at left in this photo taken at the Selznick International Pictures commissary; art director Lyle Wheeler is on the other side of Carole.) Other women in the industry, read more

'Lombard' comes to life, via audio

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 4, 2017

Imagine you're in the presence of Carole Lombard in her suite at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis on Jan. 15, 1942. She's in a heady mood, having sold more than $2 million in war bonds that day in the first rally of its kind, only 5 1/2 weeks after Pearl Harbor. She chats with you about her life, read more

Preparing for a character study, and welcome back, 'Mom'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 2, 2017

Nearly four years ago, I took part in the "What A Character!" blogathon, providing an entry on Walter Connolly, shown standing over Carole Lombard and Lyle Talbot in 1932's "No More Orchids" (http://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/647552.html). Next month, the blogathon returns for its sixth edition:T read more

Happy Halloween from Hollywood

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 31, 2017

Today is Halloween, of course, and like nearly every actress then and now, Carole Lombard posed for a holiday-themed photo. (The avatar at the top, with Lombard in a witch hat, was created by my friend Carole Sampeck some years ago.)But since this site is named "Carole & Co.", several of Lombard's c read more

This actor saw Babe Ruth...and Jose Altuve

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 30, 2017

Somewhere, baseball fanatic Carole Lombard is enjoying this year's superlative World Series. Given how much she loved Los Angeles, the heavenly Carole probably is cheering on the Dodgers (who didn't make LA their home until 16 years after she died), but I'm certain she'd also admire the Houston Astr read more

#MeToo in Hollywood, then and now

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 28, 2017

Carole Lombard, a feminist at a time when few used the term, would understand -- not to mention applaud -- the movement against sexual harassment that's spread across the world like wildfire the past few weeks. It uses the hashtag #MeToo, a by-product of the scandal that brought down longtime film p read more

Celebrate a centennial going to (Grand Central) Market

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 27, 2017

I'm not certain when this beachfront pic of Jane Alice Peters (the future Carole Lombard) was taken with older brothers Stuart and Frederic, but not long after Jane turned nine in October 1917, mother Elizabeth Peters found a new place in downtown Los Angeles to treat her kids.And today, that place read more

A blue hot day in Los Angeles

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 24, 2017

Carole Lombard loved baseball. She played pick-up ball on the street -- perhaps as a child in Fort Wayne, almost certainly growing up in Los Angeles -- and attended her share of games. (She's shown throwing out the first pitch at a Pacific Coast League game in LA's Wrigley Field, longtime home of th read more

Proof of bride and groom (and a happy 100th to Ms. Hunt)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 17, 2017

Over the decade-plus Carole & Co. has run, we've featured plenty of items dealing with Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. But until now, we've never shown the document that surely meant most to them -- their marriage license. Came across this the other day; I'll let others judge (and comment) as to whe read more

Signing a jumper for Sally

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 11, 2017

Who's the woman with Carole Lombard and Clark Gable, attending a boxing match at Los Angeles Wrigley Field in the spring of 1937? It's actress Sally Eilers, an old school pal of Carole's (Fairfax High in Los Angeles) who appeared in a few of Lombard's two-reelers for Mack Sennett, then had a success read more

Celebrating her 109th

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 6, 2017

Today, Oct. 6, is always a special day at Carole & Co., as it's the anniversary of Carole Lombard's birth. This year marks the 109th for the arrival of Jane Alice Peters into the world, in a house that still stands in Fort Wayne, Ind.:The Peters family was among the midwestern city's notables, so Ja read more

A birthday collage

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 6, 2017

My friend from Australia, Crystal Kalyana Pacey, created this collage of Carole Lombard in honor of the 109th anniversary of her birth today. A job well done! read more

More on that 'final photo,' and a cohort who liked her

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 4, 2017

This past Sunday, we ran this relatively unknown photo of Carole Lombard, apparently the last one ever taken of her. It was taken the evening of Jan. 15, 1942 at the Columbia Club in downtown Indianapolis, which she briefly visited before heading to the airport.The version running today includes a c read more
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