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Friday, February 7, 2014

Lombard & Gable

I <3 classic b&w movies! Now my husband loves them too! This weekend we watched the 1932 comedy/romance "No Man of Her Own" with Carole Lombard and Clark Gable. 
We've seen them in many other movies. But somehow, this was the first time seeing this movie. Now, it's one of our favorites!  It's the only movie Lombard and Gable made together!  
They weren't married yet, or romantically attached, but their chemistry, especially in the library scene, is super sexy and so charming!  It wasn't until three years later, at a cocktail party, that they actually fell for each other. Their famous relationship was highly publicized. In 1939, during a break of the shooting of "Gone With the Wind", the couple tied the knot.  
The wardrobe for "No Man of Her Own" is awesome. The silk dresses are gorgeous. But I love Carole's drop peter pan collar in this publicity photo. Lombard and Gable were said to be super fun and really in love, sweetly calling themselves "Ma" and "Pa."



 It's so sad their beautiful romance ended due to a tragedy. In 1942, Carole was heading home from a cross country tour selling war bonds, when her plane crashed, killing all on board! Gable was said to be inconsolable and devastated. Shortly after, he decided to join the United States Army Air forces, as Carole had previously asked him to do. After officer training, he headed a six man motion picture unit attached to a B-17 bomb group in England. The team filmed aerial gunners in combat. Gable flew five missions himself. 
In 1943 a Liberty Ship was named after Carole Lombard. Gable attended the launching of the SS Carole Lombard, January 15, 1944. It was the two year anniversary of Lombard's record breaking war bond drive. The Liberty ship aided in rescue of hundreds of survivors from sunken ships in the Pacific. Gable was married twice more. But when he died in 1960, he chose to be next to Lombard.  

Here's to Romance! 
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25 comments:

  1. Touching post- never knew this history! We also love old B&W movies and just watched a silent flick from the 30's with Lon Chaney in it. It was rated one of the top 10 silent movies. Last week we watched 'M' with Peter Lorre, another old B&W. Happy Valentine's Day :)
    Shawn

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    1. What was the Lon Chaney movie called? I watched a silent movie with Lionel Barrymore that was pretty cool,last month, called the Bells!Thanks for popping by:)

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  2. What a beautiful and sad story. Sounds like renting this movie is a must! That time in history (when my parents were young) holds great attraction for me. Life was simpler in so many ways but not at all easy. Thanks for sharing, Patti@OldThingsNew

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    1. I love that movies in this era do show the rough side of life, Gable is a gambling/womanizing/crook, but he gives it up for love.

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  3. I love old B & W movies and Clark Gable for sure. A tragic love story.

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    1. So glad you stopped by. They just don't make movies like this much anymore. It really was tragic.

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  4. What a lovely post. Gable and Lombard had a love story that transcended time. I love the golden age of Hollywood movies. Thanks for sharing these vintage photos!

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    1. So glad we have some movie lovers out there!!! Thanks Diane:)

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  5. I think this is one I have missed. I will have to look for it. I love Clark Gable movies. One of my favorites is Teacher's Pet with Doris Day.

    I just received a Valentine Swap gift and it is made of the fabric in your blog header. When it arrived I thought to myself that I had seen the fabric before. Seeing your post today explained it.

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    1. Aw, cute. I've seen people doing the swap. Super fun:) Haven't seen teachers pet. Gotta Netflix that one! Happy Valentine's week!

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  6. What a beautiful story! Thanks so much for sharing it! New follower!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

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    1. So glad you like this post. Carole Lombard is one of my favorites!!!Thanks for following:)

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  7. I too LOVE old movies! I never knew this about Lombard and Gable. How sweet and yet tragic (because of her death). Thanks for sharing! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/

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    1. So happy you stopped by. Love the Thin Man series too. Did you know Carole Lombard was married to William Powell before Clark Gable!! And, Powell lost his famous movie actress/love Jean Harlow, to a tragic death.

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  8. I also like old black & white movies the Carole Lombard movie My Man Godfrey from 1936 with William Powell was one of my favorites. Enjoyed the infomation you had to share.
    Denise

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  9. I love old movies and old hollywood glamour! New follower here, thanks for the inspiration.

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  10. how sad...I never knew that. but I love Clark Gable! I am so amazed at the number of old movies that are on tv now, and try to watch out for some to have to view. Will have to watch for this one now that I know the story. Thank you so much for joining my followers list! I am following you now as well, and I'm excited to have you join my party!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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  11. Love old movies with love...
    Thanks for the visit !
    Have a great day !
    Anna

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  12. Thanks for your sweet comment, pin & following. I am your newest follower. Love your etsy shop!!

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  13. I always enjoy a good Clark Gable movie, myself. Been watching the old black and whites a lot and they get addicting. So many fabulous scenes and clothing styles.
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

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  14. Oh, what a sad story!! I never knew that. I'm a huge Clark Gable fan, now even more so. So sweet!! ~Angela~

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  15. What a tragic love story! I need to watch some old movies. I haven't done it for so long.

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  16. I love old movies and the old Hollywood love stories. Thanks for sharing at Fluster's Creative Muster. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week.

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  17. Very nice post. I have collected on Lombard for year and met some great people, in doing so!

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