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A Lombard film is finally on DVD. Well, sort of.

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 3, 2021

Several notable Carole Lombard films remain underrepresented on DVD. Her breakthrough movie, "Twentieth Century," appeared on DVD in 2005 and has yet to be reissued with any sort of extras or bonuses befitting a screwball classic. But another of her films hasn't even been that fortunate -- the 1940 read more

Three views of the 'Reporter'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 2, 2021

Carole Lombard was moving up in the movie world in 1933, as this fan magazine portrait shows. (It also makes clear that Charles Laughton was not Paramount's initial choice to co-star with her in the potboiler "White Woman.") The trade press also took note of Lombard's assignments, among them the Hol read more

Lombard, 'Ladies' Man' and lesbianism

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Feb 1, 2021

"Ladies' Man," a Carole Lombard-William Powell romantic drama, celebrates its 90th anniversary this spring. The film, also starring Kay Francis, casts Powell as a gigolo who woos Lombard, her character's mother, and Francis before meeting a tragic end. The movie has its moments, but might be best an read more

Lombard on selling herself, plus RIP Cloris and Cicely

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 29, 2021

There are many reasons Carole Lombard fascinates -- her ethereal beauty, her acting talent, so many other things. But she also was frank about the business of show business, a field she showed boundless enthusiasm for dating back to silent days.Moreover, Lombard was never reluctant to share her thou read more

Very fine fashion for a p1202

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 26, 2021

After a 10-day hiatus, soaking in the change of presidential administrations near the end of a tumultuous month, it's back to celebrating Carole Lombard with our initial post under President Joe Biden. Above is Paramount p1202-884 from early in 1934, and later that year, Carole posed for p1202-967, read more

On her 79th angel day

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 16, 2021

I admittedly haven't written much of late about Carole Lombard and classic Hollywood on this site. It's not health-related -- aside from a weak chest, I've felt fine, and I take every precaution when going outside to protect others as well as myself. It's simply that in the world we're in right now, read more

Another animated advance for "Stand Tall!"

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 9, 2021

If you've wondered where I've been the past week, well, it's been difficult. The photo above is from Jan. 15, 1942 -- Carole Lombard's last full day on earth -- and I can only imagine her reaction to what transpired this past Wednesday. Insurrection is the only applicable word, when the U.S. Capitol read more

A 'Godfrey' gown, described

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 3, 2021

A photograph of a gown Carole Lombard wore in "My Man Godfrey" now is up for auction at eBay. No, not the iconic gown seen above, but this one......not quite as famous, but certainly attractive. Even better, it's described on the back:Gives you an idea of what this would look like in color. The pic read more

Welcome home, honeymooners

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 2, 2021

It's July 1931, and newlyweds Carole Lombard and William Powell have returned to Los Angeles from their honeymoon in Hawaii. Before leaving their ship, the couple was photographed by Paramount's Bert Longworth. A pair of close-ups of the Mr. & Mrs.:And copy from the back of the photo:Note that Powel read more

Of 2020 and "Twentieth Century"

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Jan 1, 2021

At times we weren't certain we'd reach 2021, but indeed we have, which gives us plenty of reason to smile, just as Carole Lombard is doing above. But as 2020 further retreats in our figurative rear-view mirror, let's look back at a response to one of her most memorable movies, indeed the one that pu read more

Au revoir, 2020...and good riddance?

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 31, 2020

When Carole Lombard and James Stewart filmed this New Year's Eve scene in "Made For Each Other" in 1938, they had little idea that 1939, when the film was released, would become a landmark year in movie history. In fact, the filming of this scene was marred by a fatal accident to a worker setting it read more

Carole goes maskless (but it's OK -- it's 1938)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 30, 2020

If Carole Lombard somehow were around in 2020 (and let's assume some magical spell brought her here, since it's nearly impossible to picture a 112-year-old Lombard), I have no doubt she'd do the right thing to protect others and wear a mask, just as her nurse character did in the 1940 drama "Vigil I read more

Lombard on display (along with her autograph)

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 29, 2020

Take a Carole Lombard 8" x 10" portrait, combine it with a (reproduced) autograph of her, and you have a splendid post-holiday gift -- for yourself or for others.We know Carole's signature is a reproduction for several reasons:* The seller has two copies remaining as of this writing.* The cost of th read more

Another p1202: Glamour in a gown

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 28, 2020

Uncovering yet another Carole Lombard p1202 rarity is always a delight, and that holds true for this one. It's Paramount p1202-1301, advertised by its seller as "Original Striking 1936 Gown High Drama Art Deco Glamour Photo Carole Lombard."Yes, it's striking, with some sort of Lombard dramatic glamo read more

Beyond The Curve to yet another award

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 27, 2020

Yes, 2020 has been difficult for all of us, but at least mine is ending on an up note in one part of my life. For the second consecutive day, my romantic comedy script "Stand Tall!" has an achievement to be proud of. (Above is Carole Lombard reading a script in the mid-1930s.)Yesterday, it was named read more

'Stand Tall!' achieves an animated accolade

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 26, 2020

Above is Carole Lombard in animated form, as part of the opening credits for her 1937 Technicolor comedy "Nothing Sacred." That word -- animation -- entered my life today in an unexpected way, as I received some surprising news:"Stand Tall!" is a quarterfinalist in Stage 32's inaugural New Voices In read more

Merry Christmas!

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 25, 2020

I trust you've had a merry and more importantly a safe Christmas as we enter the final week of this most challenging of years. The picture above is a trade ad from Christmas 1937 promoting Carole Lombard's final film for Paramount, "True Confession," and I thought I'd provide a few more examples of read more

Trying to feel Christmas-y during a difficult year

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 24, 2020

"And so this is Christmas,and what have we done?"-- John Lennon, "Merry Xmas (War Is Over)"The Christmas season is meant to symbolize joy -- after all, it's one of Christendom's most important holidays. But this year in particular, it's synonymous with despair. For the first time in more than a cent read more

Sliding into the holidays

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 23, 2020

"Nothing Sacred," in joyous Technicolor, is certainly among Carole Lombard's classic films. Now you can own an artifact from this screwball comedy. We're referring to... a glass slide promoting the production.We've noted glass slides before (https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/48696.html, https:// read more

Providing "Godfrey" with some 'Punch'

Carole & Co. Posted by carole_and_co on Dec 22, 2020

"My Man Godfrey" charms audiences 84 years after its release. And that year, it did so on both sides of the Atlantic. Want proof? Take a look at this review from the Oct. 14, 1936 issue of the London satirical magazine Punch, about one month after it hit theaters in the States:That the reviewer like read more