Posts tagged ‘Carole Lombard in fur’

2011/02/13

Furs on Film – Fools for Scandal

A small gem of a box office bomb from that most magic of years, 1938, that features what could have been a bit of a Mad Miss Manton moment, but misses the mark a bit. Still, decent selection of good furs here with the good sense to save the best for last. Hope I’m not overselling this one…

Fools for Scandal – The Film

This is the story of movie star Kay Winters (played by movie star Carole Lombard) and Rene (played by some Belgian guy) and how they fall in love despite both being privileged rich people pretending to be poor people. Kay’s cover is blown early, and Rene ends up following her around until she hires him as a cook. Love blooms of course, though Kay has another suitor whom she intends to marry, she and the disguised marquis eventually end up together. That would end up making her a marchioness, which is pretty much the most uncool sounding of all feminine noble ranks. The Spanish got it right by going with marquesa.

Fools for Scandal – The Furs

While movie star Kay is the main character, she doesn’t do all the fur wearing. Isabel Jeans plays noted gossip, and cause for the title of the film, Lady Paula Malverton, and provides her share of fur fashions as well.

In fact, we start off with Lady Malverton hosting a party in this mink stole. Down in the corner there is “Jill” (Marcia Ralston) wearing a silver fox wrap that is not well filmed at all. Bit of a disappointment.

Lady Paula and Jill show up later as the action has moved from Paris to London. The fox trimmed cape on Isabel Jeans gets a nice chuck of screen time, but Jill’s really long haired jacket is quickly forgotten.

Black fur at night strikes again. At least the trim on Lady Paula’s outfit is easy to see.

There’s a long sequence that features Isabel Jeans’ character snooping around Kay’s London home while wearing the fox trimmed cape.

There are a couple decent close shots while wearing it.

Now we come to the part that, while promising, was ultimately a little disappointing. Here we see Kay relaxing in bed with a mink trimmed robe. She is about to have some visitors…

…starting with Lady Malverton in this red fox stole.

She is quickly joined by quite a few other ladies who all happened to be walking their dogs and decided to drop in, and gossip.

Lather, rinse, repeat, until there’s a quite the collection of ladies in some variety of fur all lined up at the foot of Kay’s silk sheets.

Sadly, the furs here aren’t all that spectacular, especially for a year that gave us The Mad Miss Manton. I like the idea, but the costume designer didn’t go far enough with it.

This is the most complete shot of all the girls who crowd into Kay’s bedroom. Lot’s of fox trim and a couple full coats of “not-fox”. Many even have no furs at all. Simply not acceptable.

Fortunately the films narrative sense as regards fur fashion is spot on, providing Carole Lombard in this coat as the climax.

Lombard looks lovely this this thick, shaggy fox coat. It’s so shaggy I won’t discount the possibility that it’s coyote.

There’s a good two minutes of screen time devoted to this fur, a solid performance. Interestingly, the coat’s construction is somewhat odd, as if put together by a few enormous pelts with a big gap between them.

Makes for an odd look from the back, as it appears she’s wearing it backwards.

From what I found in my meticulous research on this film (read the Wikipedia article, natch), this is not considered Carole Lombard’s finest film. It’s on the exact opposite end of that spectrum, in fact. So bare that in mind if you’re actually planning on watching it without the fast-forward button firmly depressed. I found it disappointing for different reasons, of course. It did redeem itself in the end there with that big fluffy fox coat, which is probably worth the price of admission alone.

Fur Runtime: approx 8 minutes
Film Runtime: 80 minutes
On-Screen Fur Ratio: 10%

Full Gallery: Fur Fashions of the 1938 film Fools for Scandal

2009/11/21

Carole Lombard in Fur


Carole Lombard

Originally uploaded by Music2MyEars

Trying out Flickr’s “Blog This” capabilities. This is a very nice shot of Carole Lombard in what is most likely sable.

2009/10/04

Furs in Film – No More Orchids

After our last 70’s horror flicks, it’s back to one of my co-favorite decades, the 1930’s, with another Carole Lombard outing. This is No More Orchids, which, though it predates The Eagle and the Hawk by only a year, is actually separated chronologically by three other Carole Lombard films. This was back when movie studios, you know, made movies. Lot’s of ’em.

No More Orchids – The Film

Miss Lombard stars as Anne Holt, a “spoiled heiress.” To provide some insight into my methodology for picking films to record, any combination of 193x and “heiress” are “must haves.” Grass is green, the sky is blue, and films from the 30’s about heiresses have fur in them, this is pretty much a universal law. I’m close to adding a “+divorce” rider to that, but No More Orchids doesn’t have a divorce plot. No, it’s a pretty straightforward “love conquers all” plot with Anne falling in love with Tony, and overcoming betrothal and blackmail on the part of her grandfather, the richest man in America.

No More Orchids – The Furs

As alluded to earlier, heiresses from the 30’s wear furs, and Anne Holt is no exception. Anne wears three different fox and fox trimmed outfits over the course of the film. The opener is probably the best, but the others are quite enjoyable as well. We have white fox, and

We open on Anne Holt, passed out in her cabin on a cruise. Passed out in style in this big white fox wrap.

Anne get’s a ride from Tony Gage (Lyle Talbot).

The ride was at the behest of Anne’s grandmother, also on the cruise with Anne, seen here later as Anne has replaced her white fox warp with, black and white being what it is, what may be a red or blue fox wrap. It may be electric pink fox, but I doubt it. The wrap accents what appears to be a black satin dress nicely.

Anne and Tony meet again on the deck, where, as they stare out a the ocean, we get a good glimpse of the rear of the wrap. Always appreciate it when a good fur is shown from all angles over the course of a scene.

Anne and Tony start to fall in love. Altogether now… Awwwww…

Closeup of Carole Lombard’s face framed by fox fur, because that’s pretty much what this site is about.

Later on, her grandfather’s threats to their relationship pile up, Anne goes to get advice from her father. She does this in a dress trimmed with very large fox sleeves.

This is one of those things I wish never went out of fashion, big fox trim on random evening wear.

No More Orchids is one of those films that’s not particularity memorable, well, for anything but the furs. In terms of film history, it merely exists, but for fur fashion, it provides a nice contribution. Lombard in fur looks amazing as always, despite the fact there were no full length coats in the film, the wraps and trim are used to great effect.

Gallery Link: The Furs of 1932’s No More Orchids

2009/02/16

Furs in Film – The Eagle and the Hawk

When I’m zipping through the channel guide for TCM looking for stuff to drop on the DVR for later review, there are certain rules I follow. Certain “thematic factors” that argue either for or against the likelihood there will be some good fur in the film in question. One of the “against” factors is “war movie,” even “war movie from the 30’s.” So, ordinarily I wouldn’t have bothered with The Eagle and the Hawk. But, TCM was running Carole Lombard as actor of the month, and they had some “new” films. This was one of them, and I reserve the right to break the rules for anything TCM hasn’t shown before.

The Eagle and the Hawk – The Film

Lucky I did. I know the rules are a gamble, there could be furs in a war movie or a western, but I play the odds to keep the amount of stuff I have to deal with manageable. So I DVR’d this war movie and period piece (another “against”) The Eagle and the Hawk, a 1933 film set during World War I about a Royal Air Force squadron and 3 American volunteers flying for it. A supposed “hidden gem” of a film, it’s certainly not a showpiece for Carole Lombard, who appears in about 2 scenes as a woman who’s known only in the credits as “The Beautiful Lady.” Certainly a title she embodies, especially in one of her 2 scenes… Truly a hidden gem.

The Eagle and the Hawk – The Furs

The Eagle and the Hawk is literally a “one fur wonder.” Much like Rendezvous, the costumers probably took a little liberty with this particular outfit. Someone on the IMDb helpfully pointed out the anachronisms in the planes they used, but not this monster beauty of a white fox trimmed coat. I say trimmed, but the trim is virtually a coat unto itself. So sumptuously large are the collar and cuffs they easily hide the silk or satin body of the coat.

The whole sequence lasts about 5 and a half minutes, showing “Jerry Young” (Federic March) taking “The Beautiful Lady” out to a park. Jerry picks her up in a cab. Miss Lombard smokes in the huge white fox beauty while she chats with Jerry in the back.

Light plays across both actors as the cab moves along, alternating between light and shadow, especially alluring as The Beautiful lady smokes in her furs.

Exiting the cab to head for the park gives the best view of the enormity of the collar, fringe, and cuffs. Only a small patch of the satin on Carole Lombard’s shoulder manages to peak through.

The chat on the park bench occupies the rest of the sequence, alternating between this wide shot…

and angles of both…

and, thankfully, beautiful closeups of The Beautiful Lady…

Not a bad use of 5 minutes of screen time. If you’re going to put Carole Lombard in a film for less than 10 minutes total, then choosing to do so with this enormous white fox fur collar and cuffs for half that time was an excellent decision. Sure, I’ll say the entire thing could have been white fox, but even in its current state it shot to a top spot on my “best movie furs” list. Certainly a pleasant surprise from a film I assumed would be a waste of time.

The Full Gallery: The Eagle and the Hawk