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Ladies and Gentlemen, in case you do not already know: Carole Lombard and Clark Gable DID NOT spend their wedding night at the Oatman Hotel. Let me repeat that:
Gable & Lombard DID NOT spend their wedding night at the Oatman Hotel.
They didn’t spend their wedding night in Arizona, let alone the Oatman Hotel, as they drove straight home to California that night. Clark Gable himself said, “We were married at three-thirty that afternoon and left at five-thirty, getting home the next morning at three. Carole’s mother was there, all excited, which kept us up till five. Finally we got to sleep, only to be awakened at nine to discover forty cameraman, three newsreel men and twenty reporters waiting out in the front yard to interview us.” (Photoplay, Vivien Leigh, Rhett Butler and I, Feb. 1940)
TIME Magazine reported: “Immediately after the ceremony, Mr. & Mrs. Gable started back to Hollywood. They told reporters they would not take a honeymoon until Gable was through making Gone With the Wind, and Lombard her next picture, Memory of Love, for RKO.” (TIME, Boy Meets Girl, April 10, 1939)
“Gable got a day off. He and Carole drove to Kingman, Ariz., got married and drove back that night.” (St.Petersburg Times, Hollywood Can’t Find Time For Honeymoons, May 28, 1939)
And they didn’t stop to “freshin up” or “change clothes” there either. “After the ceremony the married couple went to the parish house to change clothes and spend time visiting.”(Kingman Daily Miner, March 29,1939)
In fact, not a single article even mentions the Gables staying at the Oatman Hotel until around 1975. By that time Clark Gable had been dead for 15 years.
I just called the hotel and spoke to the owner in order to enlighten her and help put an end to this falsity. Very politely I introduced myself and said, “I’m calling with regard to a claim you’re hotel has been making, saying that Carole Lombard and Clark Gable spent their wedding night at the Oatman Hotel. This is not true. I don’t know if you know this but Clark Gable himself said—”
She quickly cuts me off saying,“I don’t have time for this” and hangs up.
Excuse me? YOU don’t have time for this? Well we don’t have time for anymore of your false advertising and neither does the law.
False advertising is: “Any advertising or promotion that misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities or geographic origin of goods, services or commercial activities” (Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C.A. § 1125(a)).
To be fair, this isn’t entirely their fault. The little lie that soon became a full blown myth has been circulating for some time, probably before the current owner’s time, and there are now many parties keeping it alive. It IS their responsibility to set the record straight and dedicating a room with so-called memorabilia of the couple is not cutting it for me.
Folks, please join us in this organized effort to spread the truth and stop this hoax! We urge all of you to help us in reporting the TRUTH to the following organizations:
The Arizona Office of Tourism
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 155
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
The Arizona Republic
Legends of America
*Regarding- Arizona Legends: The Haunted Oatman Hotel
*Regarding-http://www.desertusa.com/oatman/du_oatman.html AND http://www.desertusa.com/mag04/apr/roadtrip.html
The Seattle Times
Phone: (206) 464-3337- Kathy Best: Managing Editor, Digital News
Feel free to refer them to this post and you can also tell them to contact firstname.lastname@example.org if they have any questions or request further proof.
And if any of you all are suffering from writers block and need a sample email you may email me as well.
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