Eleanora Duse? The Italian tragic actress? I don't see the comparison, OP.
I also agree, OP. She's my favorite comic actress from the thirties. Also a mentor/major influence of Lucille Ball, and many others including Sharon Tate.
Oh, yes, OP. Of course you're right. And her discovery of penicillin saved so many lives.
Carole was gorgeous. Her Hollywood home is down the street from me on Hollywood Blvd. Of course she lived there practically a half century before me. I love old Hollywood glamour.
I like the Hitchcock comedy Mr & Mrs Smith with Lombard and George Montgomery.
I became a Lombard fan, not from her comedies, but the 1st movie I ever saw her in , called " Vigil In The Night",from 1940 . I had always heard she was a great comic actress, but what surprised me was how beautiful she was ( even wearing a nurses uniform for most of the film ), and what a good dramatic actress she was . Really good . Course, George Stevens was the director - one of the best . Carole could do it all.
Really enjoy her in "To Be Or Not To Be". And a young Robert Stack too.
CL said that Clark Cable was the lousiest lay she'd ever had!
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!
"CL said that Clark Cable was the lousiest lay she'd ever had!'
Actually what she was reported to have said was "I love Pa, but I can't say he's a helluva good lay." Gable was so used to women flinging themselves at him that he didn't really put a lot of effort into pleasuring them. It didn't matter; women was just thrilled to have sex with "the King." They were generally safisfied just to have have sex with him, never mind that he didn't make a big effort to be a great lover.
Didn't CG have foreskin issues?
Gable had false teeth, and his breath was putrid , according to Vivian Leigh. She hated their kissing scenes in "GWTW". Between that , and being a 'lousy lay', the King doesn't sound so great.
If Carole Lombard had lived, what roles might she have essayed?
Margo in All About Eve?
r14, Carole Lombard couldn't have starred in All About Eve Arden let alone take on the drama that was Davis.
Is Mr and Mrs Smith really any good? It's one Hitchcock film that never seems to get any attention.
In a CG biography a female friend of the couple said that she was puzzled by the foul mouth on Carole. The filthiest things would be said by her all the time.
A male friend said essentially the same thing. He was astounded that someone so lovely and feminine as Carole would curse so much. He said that CG was tickled by it, but most of their friends thought it was so strange that she couldn't express herself without being crude and vulgar.
Carole told about going duck hunting with CG and they got to the duck blind very early. While waiting for the ducks to show up they fucked a few times to pass the time.
Ethel Merman was similarly foul mouthed.
I've never been very impressed with her as a comedic actress, but then I've never been huge on 1930s screwball comedies (those without Cary Grant).
Still, she sounded like an absolutely fabulous gal in real life.
She was pretty good in drama as well. Check out In Name Only with Cary Grant and Kay Francis. Lombard is very sympathetic as the other woman who falls in love with Grant, who is married to the shrewish and manipulative Francis.
DL today...freepers, fraus and 100 year old gay geezers.
R16, I'm a sucker for the daffy, sweet, light, romantic comedies of this era. There is a scene at a nightclub that had me rolling on the floor peeing my pants with laughter. Probably not Hitch's best genre, but worth seeing George Montgomery* being very funny.
*Elizabeth Montgomery's** father
**Samantha Stevens on Bewitched
[quote]DL today...freepers, fraus and 100 year old gay geezers.
And extremely tiresome whiners who can't stand not being the center of attention. Don't forget them!
I wonder how she would have weathered the 40s. She could have been a great Auntie Mame.
I haven't seen all of MR. & MRS. SMITH, but the thing that stuck with me is a scene after Lombard was caught outside in the rain. Unlike any other movie of the day, when her hair dried it did so naturally. It was startling to see a 40s hairstyle sans setting.
I think I'll do a little tour and see if R21 has posted anything interesting - ever.
George Montgomery was a sexy Western star at Fox in the 1940s and 50s and married to Dinah Shore.
Robert Montgomery was an urbane leading man at Metro in the 1930s and 40s and the father of Elizabeth Montgomery.
Take your pick.
Yes! "In Name Only" is a marvelous film and my favorite.
Her screwball comedies are Ok but she was stellar in drama.
Presumably, the divide between them was the Montgomery cleft.
Regarding a scan of R21's DL participation, she's an "America for Real Americans" twat on the Portland school sandwich thread:
[quote]I'm moving to France so I expect all their government forms to be in English or I will sue!
And that's the only post I could find.
And she has not started any of the most recent 600 threads. So she's not even a paying participant, or she's so stupid and consumerist that she has no interests of her own to start gabbing about.
So FUCK YOU, you insipid, mean-spirited, useless little cunt at R21. There's no use for you here at all, and that's likely a reflection of your miserable little whiny, passive, dull life in general.
Robert Montgomery. Yeah. My bad. I'll go away now.
Anyway, why can't they put out a decent print of My Man Godfrey?
All the ones I've seen are dusty and fuzzy.
I adored her. I did my first college term paper on her and got an A+. I used to go to the Theater 80 and sit there for hours watching whenever they had Lombard films which they did A LOT in the 70s.
"Gable had false teeth, and his breath was putrid , according to Vivian Leigh. She hated their kissing scenes in "GWTW". Between that , and being a 'lousy lay', the King doesn't sound so great."
His breath must not have been THAT bad and he must not have been THAT bad a lover, because women adored Gable. More than one actress was said to remark "I think every woman ever met fell in love with him." Marilyn Monroe said she "got goose bumps all over" when he accidentally touched her breast during a love scene in "The Misfits." Joan Blondell put Gable's appeal this way: "he affected all females, unless they were dead."
If Vivien Leigh's ideal beau was Laurence Olivier, one can only imagine what she thought of the likes of Clark Gable.
How old was Lombard when she died?
"How old was Lombard when she died?'
She was just 33 years old. Gable was a broken man after her death. They were perfect for each other; she was the great love of his life. He married twice after her death, but he would never get over "Ma." At his death he was interred beside Lombard in Forest Lawn.
LOVE her. Her comedic sense is unsurpassed. And talk about beautiful. I adored her as a child. So young to die.
If you can find the book " Screwball" ( the life of Carole Lombard) it's a good read.
She was the lead in Airport '42. An immortal performance.
Gable was known as the "King of Hollywood" Lombard was quoted as saying "If the "king" had one inch less he'd be the queen of hollywood"
I have never understood why she does not have a bigger following among film fans. Just a great actress, and yes, she was golden in dramatic roles. I read that Gable nearly went crazy with grief after her death. When you watch her onscreen there is someone so warm, so genuine, just so real.
By the way--she defended paying a lot of money in taxes since she felt it was her obligation as an American to help those less fortunate (which is what her taxpayer dollars could do).
She was a friend and huge influence to Lucy. Lots of ILL lines have a very Lombardesque delivery. But Lombard really was Park Avenue and Lucy couldn't replicate that, though she tried.
Was she married to Wiliam Powell before Gable?
I understand that she was a member of the Baha'i religion - was that considered controversial at the time?
She was married to William Powell for a year or two in the early 30s. It didn't work out, obviously, but it was not a bitter split as they went on to co star in My Man Godfrey in 1937.
Supposedly Lombard was in a rush to get back to Hollywood when she died in the plane crash. Gable was making a movie with Lana Turner and Lombard did not trust those two being alone together.
"My Man Godfrey" is about my favorite movie; it's certainly my favorite screwball comedy. William Powell is perfect in it. I think "His Girl Friday" is rated higher, or maybe "Bringing Up Baby", but I think MMG is the best.
Bring back scavenger hunts!
All Time Best Screwball Comedies:
It Happened One Night
The Thin Man
My Man Godfrey
Bringing Up Baby
His Girl Friday
My Favorite Wife
The More the Merrier
The Awful Truth
What did I forget?
Is The Women considered a screwball comedy?
I disagree with everyone that Lombard was beautiful, but she did have a pretty face while also looking smart, always fun to watch.
R24, I agree that she would have been a great Auntie Mame.
No, R51. Wonderful movie, but nothing screwball about it.
R49, I'd include in your almost perfect list "The Palm Beach Story" (1942), starring Claudette Colbert, Joel McCrea, Mary Astor, & Rudy Vallee -- Preston Sturges' work defies classification, but this one does qualify as screwball.
"Gable was known as the "King of Hollywood" Lombard was quoted as saying "If the "king" had one inch less he'd be the queen of hollywood"
Lombard never said that. You've been reading too much Darwin Porter.
Her hair looked thin or babyfine in her movies.
R54 It was. She also had a scar on one cheek that is usually hidden in some way.
Lombard's next film was to have been "They All Kissed the Bride" for which Joan Crawford was loaned out to Columbia to do. It's still pretty good.
According to a CG biography, Joan Crawford volunteered to do that movie after Carole was killed. She donated her entire salary to the war effort and fired her manager when he insisted on getting his 10% commission from the salary she would have been paid.
As much as he adored Carole, Clark still couldn't keep it in his pants for long. The story is that after she died, Clark fell out with her brothers even though they had been very close when Carole was still alive. The brothers were made aware of an ongoing fight between Carole and Clark over some lingering affair he was involved in. She was anxious to get home mainly because she didn't trust Clark. Don't forget the brothers also lost their Mother in that plane crash.
R44, R46, Incidentally, William Powell was engaged to that other beloved, wisecracking blonde (and frequent Clark Gable co-star), Jean Harlow, when she died prematurely in 1937. There are pictures on the internet of Gable and Lombard attending Harlow's funeral. What's chilling about them is that in just five short years, Lombard, too, would be gone, and her remains interred in the same mausoleum.
Check CL out in Virtue. In one scene, she discovers that her friend two-timed her. CL walks into the woman's room and slaps her several times hissing: "Where's my money?" It's chilling. Her look is timeless. She can be from the 30s or yesterday.
I forgot where i read this but before meeting Gable she was a great friend of George Cukor and would hang out with the gay set of Hollywood a lot. After Gable, she didn't see nearly as much of her gay friends because Clark disapproved.
Fascinating to me how Lombard and Harlow, two blonde comedic contemporarisex symbols who each might have starred in the other's films and shared several leading men, on film and off, were so diametrically different.
Dietrich was becoming more and more blunt in pursuing actresses she found attractive; among them were Paramount’s Carole Lombard and Frances Dee, whose unregenerate heterosexuality did not dissuade Dietrich from her usual stratagems of flower deliveries and romantic blandishments. Lombard, a beautiful, brash blonde, was unamused: “If you want something,” she told Dietrich after finding one too many sweet notes and posies in her dressing room at Paramount, “you come on down when I’m there. I’m not going to chase you.”
I wonder what could have happened if Marlene did that. Do you think that Carole would let Marlene kiss her mouth?
"She was just 33 years old. Gable was a broken man after her death. They were perfect for each other; she was the great love of his life. He married twice after her death, but he would never get over "Ma." At his death he was interred beside Lombard in Forest Lawn."
And Gable's final wife, Kay, is also buried right near them, as is Lombard's mother who was also on the plane with her.
You are mistaken if you think that the Gable-Lombard marriage would have last forever. Doesn't say anything to you that Gable did marry five times?
Lombard died soon, that's why the press idealized their marriage. I know better than that!
The reason Lombard decided at the last minute to fly home rather than take the train was due to the fact that she and Gable had been arguing before she left for the bond tour in Indiana. Lombard was well aware of the rumors that Gable was fooling around with Lana Turner while making "Honky Tonk" together.
If she had lived, I believe Lombard would have eventually gone into television, as many from her era did.
I always tried to steer Gable clear of the bedroom.
If you want to see what else Miss. Lombard was capable of acting wise check out her 1933 film Virtue. In it she plays a NYC street hooker who tries to go good.
Saw it on television several weeks ago and was amazed at the difference between what CL is usually known for (screwball comedy).
I really can't think of a slyer, more accomplished comic performance than Carole Lombard's in "To Be or Not to Be'.
Judy Holliday in "Born Yesterday" comes close, but is so rehearsed and mannered- I guess it needed to be, but Lombard 's is pure magic.