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A voyage 'In Name Only' to New York, August 1939

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 21, 2018

It would mark the only co-starring of screwball comedy titans Carole Lombard and Cary Grant...and yet, "In Name Only," Lombard's first film at RKO, was instead a heartfelt drama, with Kay Francis -- hired at Carole's urging -- completing this romantic triangle. That the story semi-paralleled Lombard read more

A screwy batch of Smiths

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 20, 2018

Ah, what one goes through in screwball comedy! Carole Lombard, all wet after being caught in a downpour while on a World's Fair ride, can vouch for such travails in this pic from "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," her return to comedy following three years in dramatic roles better received by critics than the gene read more

A twin bill for a 'Ladies' Man'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 19, 2018

Carole Lombard's second film with William Powell, "Ladies' Man," made in the spring of 1931, proved she still had a ways to go as an actress. She tries to keep up with the more experienced Powell and Kay Francis, but can't quite do it. Thankfully, Bill and Kay carry the load, which for Lombard was a read more

Louella: Carole and Clark are off to 'Saratoga'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 18, 2018

By the fall of 1936, the world knew Carole Lombard and Clark Gable were, as they say, an "item." He was MGM's most popular star; she was rising in the Hollywood pantheon due to her comic ability, then on display in the Universal hit "My Man Godfrey." OK, technically Clark was married to a woman cons read more

At a Lombard photo shoot...

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 17, 2018

Imagine zapping yourself back to the 1930s (or 1931, as Cecil Beaton is in this case), attending a photo shoot of Carole Lombard. What would it be like?Let legendary photographer George Hurrell describe it to you: "Carole was one of my favorite subjects. She could be carrying on like Faust one minut read more

Shanghai semi-surprise

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 16, 2018

Considering the popularity of "Swing High, Swing Low" -- this Carole Lombard-Fred MacMurray collaboration was Paramount's biggest money-maker for all of 1937 -- it's strange that no complete 35 mm print of the film exists. But that's another story for another time.In the 1930s, Hollywood product ha read more

The Times, it is a-movin'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 15, 2018

This still of Carole Lombard is from the only time she ever played a newspaper reporter on screen, the 1929 Pathe film "Big News." (She also played a journalist in the 1941 Silver Theater radio production "Murder, Unlimited,")While Carole never played a reporter as iconic as Rosalind Russell in "His read more

Carole with a Cuban flair

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 14, 2018

In January 1935, Carole Lombard and friend Madalynne Field went east for a vacation; this pic shows Lombard at the Biltmore Country Club in Miami. After Florida, they journeyed to nearby Cuba, roughly a quarter-century before Fidel Castro's revolution ( read more

Go 'Gay [Bride]' in a brand new way

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Apr 13, 2018

Last week, we noted the Carole Lombard 1934 MGM comedy "The Gay Bride" had just been issued on Warner Archive ( This version has already found its way to eBay for auction.Listed as "brand new" by the seller (in other words, still sealed), one bid al read more

'Advertise'-ing a Lombard lobby card

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

"It Pays To Advertise" was the first of five Carole Lombard films released at Paramount during the first half of 1931. Also with Lombard are Norman Foster, Skeets Gallagher and Eugene Pallette, five years before he would play the father of Carole's character in "My Man Godfrey." Even late-silent ico read more

Carole + canines, felines, etc.: It's #NationalPetDay!

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

Were Carole Lombard here today, I'm certain she'd celebrate #NationalPetDay, a day when we honor our furry friends. It doesn't matter whether you're a dog or cat person -- or the not-so-rare breed who enjoys them equally -- or are into anything from rabbits to iguanas. Pets provide peace of mind, co read more

An early obituary: L.A. Times, Jan. 18, 1942

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

Slightly more than 24 hours after this photo of Carole Lombard singing the national anthem at Cadle Tabernacle in Indianapolis was taken on Jan. 15, 1942, she would be dead from a plane crash. Coming only 40 days after the attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the U.S. into World War II, her passing stunned read more

The leggy Lombard, in the swim

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

We had a brief heat wave in Los Angeles today; about four hours ago along Vermont Avenue near Wilshire, I saw temperature readings of 96 and 97 Fahrenheit. (Things are expected to cool off sometime tomorrow.) I'm sure Carole Lombard would do some sunning under such conditions -- and with the way she read more

A document with the Lombard Factor

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

Like so many in the film industry, Carole Lombard owed a lot to Max Factor, whose work in cosmetics for movies aided scores of actors. And as his company expanded into products for the general public, Lombard was among the stars who helped promote them.A document from July 13, 1932 has surfaced whe read more

Lombard on Long Island

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

Carole Lombard is shown with Frank Morgan in the 1930 comedy "Fast And Loose" -- her only film shot in New York (at the Paramount Astoria studios in Queens). Carole was a favorite of Big Apple audiences...and we're not referring solely to Manhattan. Here's plenty of proof.Five mid-1930s theater prog read more

'Modern Screen,' March 1938: Carry on, Carole

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

Perhaps no film did more damage to Carole Lombard's career than "Fools For Scandal." The Warners comedy, which was released in April 1938 following her late '37 triumphs in "True Confession" and "Nothing Sacred," not only burst her bubble as the hottest star in the industry, but shifted her out of c read more

Here comes 'The Gay Bride'

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

It was Carole Lombard's visit to Hollywood's big-time (OK, so it actually was in Culver City). But Carole -- pictured between director Jack Conway (left) and leading man Chester Morris -- would later label this her worst movie.We are referring to "The Gay Bride," made for MGM in late 1934 and now av read more

Now we know when, and where, that 'Woman' will be

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

Not long ago, we learned Carole Lombard's little-seen 1931 drama "I Take This Woman" with Gary Cooper would be part of the annual Turner Classic Movies Film Festival later this month ( Today, we discovered its spot in the program.According to the sc read more

Who was she with, and where is this from?

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

I hope I'm not boastful when I say that after nearly 11 years of running this site and a few prior decades of Carole Lombard, I consider myself somewhat expert on the woman, her life and her movies. Does that mean I bat 1.000? Hardly.Take the photo above, for instance. It's almost certainly a movie read more

'Intriguing,' all right...and expensive

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

Carole Lombard may have shown more skin at Pathe than she later would in her pre-Code days at Paramount, but at either place she exuded plenty of sex appeal. Witness:That's Paramount p1202-517, an image we ran several years ago. But I don't believe we then had the snipe on the back. Now we do.Intrig read more