Collection Update: April 2016

April may have been a somewhat low viewing month, but it was a good month for the collections — some interesting and wonderful additions. Here’s what I picked up!

FILMS

  • Box Set: Carole Lombard Glamour Collection
    Includes Man of the World, We’re Not Dressing, Hands Across the Table, Love Before Breakfast, The Princess Comes Across and True Confession. I reviewed this set by checking out the discs from the library a while back and have had it on my “to buy” wishlist since!
  • Box Set: Silver Screen Romances
    Includes The Solid Gold Cadillac, We Were Strangers, Angels Over Broadway, Music in My Heart, The Marrying Kind, It Should Happen to You, Adam Had Four Sons, and Down to Earth. If memory serves, I’ve only seen one of these films (Down to Earth) but I’m a big fan of romance as a genre, so I’m excited to watch them all!
  • Golden Boy (DVD)
    Another Stanwyck film for my collection! A bare-bones disc with no special features, but I greatly enjoyed this film when I watched/reviewed it in 2013 and am eager to watch it again.
  • Sullivan’s Travels (DVD)
    Special features include “100 Years of Universal: The Carl Laemmle Era,” “100 Years of Universal: The Lew Wasserman Era,” and an original theatrical trailer.

MAGAZINES & MISCELLANY

  • Land of Dreams by Kate Kerrigan
    I don’t usually include additions to my personal library in these posts, but I thought this book might be of interest to TMP’s readers. It’s set in 1940s Hollywood! I found it in the bargain section at Barnes & Noble, not realizing it’s the third book in a series. From what I’ve read, though, the author includes enough information from the first two books to catch the reader up, so I’ll probably dive right into this as I would any standalone novel. The story follows an Irish immigrant named Ellie who moves to Los Angeles when her oldest son decides he wants to seek out the life of glitz, glamour, and fame. I’ll probably do a “TMP Reads” post on it once I finish it.
  • True Story, May 1937 issue – Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor cover
    Don’t quote me on it, but I believe this may be the first Jean Harlow cover in my magazine collection! A beautifully illustrated cover. The mag is in kind of beat up shape, but not missing any pages that I can tell. (Not too bad for almost-80-year-old paper!)
  • Redbook issues – Another “multipack” (four mags in a bag for one low price, just as the previous Redbook issues I’ve picked up were packaged) from my new favorite dealer at the local antique shop. I really enjoyed reading the Redbooks in my last magazine “haul” so I couldn’t resist adding a few more to the collection.
    • November 1955 – This one is missing its front and back covers, sadly, but originally featured an illustrated cover.
    • November 1956 – Sid Caesar cover
    • December 1956 – Holiday Fiction Bonus issue!
    • January 1957 – Kim Novak cover
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