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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.

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Colonna Oct. 19, 2011 @ 3:31 a.m.

Another example of giving a 20-something intern a job and screwing it up royally. Nice discoveries, Scott.

Minor correction: Carole Lombard was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana (my hometown) until she was six when her parents divorced and Mama Lombard moved the family to California. Carole rarely re-visited the Fort after that.

Lombard was in attendance at the very first bond rally in the USA on January 15, 1942 in Indianapolis, IN. Fort Wayne didn't have a passenger airport until after WWII.


Scott Marks Oct. 19, 2011 @ 6:51 a.m.

I checked a couple of sources and they said Lombard was returning from a "hometown" bond drive. You sure she didn't hit Ft. Wayne before visiting Indianapolis?


Colonna Oct. 19, 2011 @ 3:59 p.m.

Lombard and her mom arrived by train in Chicago on Jan 15, 1942, switched trains for Indianapolis. She appeared at several venues, stayed the night, and then boarded Flight 3 at 4 AM in Indy to fly home.

Several web bios I've seen say "Lombard came home to Indiana" or "her homestate" but she never saw the Fort Wayne house she grew up in (renamed the Carole Lombard House, a B&B decked with memorabilia) or the bridge by her home (renamed in her honor as well).


This site shows in pictures her itinerary for the bond rally.


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