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Silver-screen old-school: Nitrate and noir this weekend

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 14, 2019

Imagine seeing Carole Lombard in that ethereal gown from "My Man Godfrey" in a downtown movie palace's huge screen in the fall of 1936. Now imagine that on original nitrate film stock, whose sparkling black-and-white images led to the term "silver screen." (It was also used for color film, including read more

A large souvenir of 'Lost Hollywood'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 13, 2019

Carole Lombard's glamour and style, expressed so beautifully in this George Hurrell portrait from 1936, was an integral part of an obscure book from more than three decades ago.It's "Lost Hollywood," by Jack Woody, released in 1987. As part of the campaign, this Lombard poster was issued:Another vie read more

A 'Confession': She's in jail

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 12, 2019

Carole Lombard's "True Confession" alter ego, Helen Bartlett, is in big trouble, which is why she's currently in jail, or at least the 1937 Paramount version of such (the cinderblocks and faucet give it away). However, her exasperated husband Kenneth Bartlett (Fred MacMurray), tired of his wife's co read more

Yet another Columbia gem

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 11, 2019

On this Veterans Day (Carole Lombard, above, is shown with servicemen she met at the Salt Lake City railroad station in January 1942 en route to Chicago and then her bond rally in Indianapolis), we have a second new Lombard still from Columbia in as many days. Take a look:A gorgeous, pensive image o read more

Carole's Columbia curiosity

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 10, 2019

Columbia Pictures was never Carole Lombard's home studio, but Harry Cohn's one-time Poverty Row outfit played a crucial role in her career. Her five movies there included the pivotal early screwball classic "Twentieth Century" as well as "Virtue," arguably her best pure pre-Code. (The promotional st read more

Book-ing her forgotten Fox film

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 9, 2019

Carole Lombard's time at Fox Pictures normally is defined like this: 16-year-old actress signs with Fox, appears in a few 1925 films (mostly westerns), is dropped by the studio about the same time as her automobile accident, then returns for a one-shot in the 1930 oater "The Arizona Kid" (with Warne read more

One step closer to 'reviving' Carole?

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 8, 2019

Slightly more than a year ago, we noted there could be a way to have Carole Lombard perform more than three-quarters of a century after her death, as rock legend Roy Orbison -- who died in 1988 -- "toured" via hologram ( This year, Orbison repeated read more

An autograph, apparently the real deal

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 7, 2019

When it comes to Carole Lombard autographed items, whether on photos or as standalones, it's always good to enter with a dose of skepticism. So many charlatans are out there passing off phony material.But I felt pretty confident about this one, and such optimism was confirmed by comments from Lombar read more

A return of 'Girlish Laughter'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 6, 2019

Long before the #MeToo movement, Carole Lombard had her own way of disarming the Harvey Weinsteins of her era. An assertive attitude, not to mention some of her trademark inventive invective, invariably did the trick.We've recently learned one of the moguls Lombard worked for, David O. Selznick (abo read more

Carole's forgotten fashion designer

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 5, 2019

When it comes to Carole Lombard and fashion, Travis Banton, her primary designer at Paramount, is usually the first name associated with them, followed by Irene Lentz Gibbons. But neither designed these Lombard cinematic outfits:This entry is about the man who did. His name was Robert Kalloch, and i read more

Meet '-935' from 1935

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 4, 2019

Discovering a previously unseen Carole Lombard Paramount p1202 portrait is always welcome, and so is this one, p1202-935. While the fur somewhat dates the image, it remains a stunning, stylish pic of Lombard. Even better, we know who photographed it... ...the studio's ace image-taker, Eugene Robert read more

Beating the 'Drums' for Sabu

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 3, 2019

Carole Lombard made an ideal ambassador for Hollywood when people from other cultures visited the film capital, as was the case here when some women from India dropped by the Paramount studio in the mid-1930s. Later in the decade, now at Selznick International, she did likewise with a young South As read more

Lombard and Lubitsch meet Bancroft and Brooks

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 2, 2019

While people complain about movie remakes, they're nothing new -- even several Carole Lombard films have underwent the process, including the pointless 1957 "My Man Godfrey." (David Niven, the new Godfrey, had a supporting role in a 1938 "Lux Radio Theater" adaptation of the original.) Another remak read more

A mother and daughter's special ties

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Nov 1, 2019

We've often discussed the bond between Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters) and her mother, Elizabeth "Bess" Peters. Mother not only infused her daughter with a confidence that paid off in the rough-and-tumble world of entertainment, but a feminist, I-can-do-anything sensibility that enabled Lomb read more

That other time Washington baseball won it all

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 31, 2019

If you woke up this morning believing you've stumbled into some bizarre alternate universe, you have not. Washington is world champion of baseball. Actually. And it has nothing to do with Halloween. Today's Washington Post covers prove it:The only other time D.C. claimed major league baseball suprem read more

Learning more about an Olympian endeavor

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 30, 2019

Less than a week ago, we reported an academically-oriented Carole Lombard book, "Becoming Carole Lombard," will be released in February ( At the time, I noted that I was hoping for a response from author Olympia Kiriakou...but was unaware that near read more

No longer an 'Exclusive'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 29, 2019

Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray had effective screen chemistry; in fact, from mid-1935 on, she would have no other leading man at Paramount (four films together). So it might be understood why the studio thought of them as a sort of team, possibly along the lines of what Lombard's ex, William Powe read more

Clark and Carole show their Racing Form

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 28, 2019

Did horses help bring Carole Lombard and Clark Gable together? Maybe so. Each had fondness for the equines, both on the ranch and at the track.We're a few days away from the Breeders Cup at Santa Anita, the legendary and iconic venue in Arcadia that's been immersed in controversy over the past year read more

Two photographic trips 'From Hell To Heaven'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 27, 2019

"From Hell To Heaven" ia yet another indictment of Paramount's use of Carole Lombard. One would like to enter a time machine, journey back to early 1933, march through the famed Bronson gate, find an executive and tell him, "Do you realize what you have here?" They wouldn't for another few years, as read more

Tomorrow, Carole fashionably walks like an Egyptian

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Oct 26, 2019

To Carole Lombard fans in southern California (and there are many): Tomorrow at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood, see two of her best performances -- "Virtue," left, and "Twentieth Century" -- in the fifth of six of the series "The Style Of Sin: Pre-Code Film With Kimberly Truhler," hosted by my Fa read more