Walter Mencken 11 a.m., Nov. 27
Son of What's Wrong with This Menu?
Carole Lombard and Clark Gable?!
Last week I snagged this faux pas on the DVD menu for John Ford's They Were Expendable.
I'm on a roll.
Mitchell Leisen's Hands Across the Table is a sparkling Depression-era screwball comedy/melodrama that features Carole Lombard as a hotel manicurist eager to find a wealthy provider and back up the Brink's truck. Lombard co-stars with Ralph Bellamy, Astrid Allwyn, Ruth Donnelly, Herman Bing, William Demarest, Whitey the Cat, and just about everyone on the Paramount lot except her then husband, Clark Gable. In this case, the hands across the table belong to Fred MacMurray, not Gable.
My Three Sons, not The House of Seven Gables.
Lombard was married to Gable at the time of her death. Lombard, her mother, and 20 others perished when the plane returning from a hometown (Fort Wayne, Indiana) war bond tour in 1942 crashed in Table Rock Mountain, Nevada.
The menu photo is taken from No Man of Her Own, a 1932 romantic drama, and the only movie Lombard and Gable ever appeared in together.