One of the more intriguing mysteries I’ve come across in years of delving through EBay surfaced the other day, but the auction ended before I could write about it (so many stories, only one Larry Harnisch).
The item was a collection of Harold Lloyd papers from 1938 dealing with the Inner Circle of Earl Carroll’s Theater. According to The Times’ clips, the Inner Circle Corp. owned the Earl Carroll Theater in Hollywood and one of the letters refers to stock participation.
All well and good.
What really stopped me in my tracks was a list of the board of governors:
Darryl Zanuck? OK
Walt Disney? OK
Cecil B. De Mille? OK
Leo Carrillo (who seems to have been everywhere – I don’t know how the man ever made any films)? OK
and… Norman Chandler?
(In case you don’t recognize all the names, Dr. A.H. Giannini (d. 1943) was head of the Bank of America and William Goetz (d. 1969) was Louis B. Mayer’s son-in-law and at the time of this correspondence, a vice president at Twentieth Century-Fox).
Curiously enough, Chandler doesn’t appear on any other lists of the proposed board – just this one. But if he was a board member, he presumably owned stock in Earl Carroll’s Theater. Maybe Norman Chandler wasn’t as dull and bland as I had assumed.
How very curious.