Since Clark and Carole were married 74 years ago this month, here’s one from November 1936:
London, of all places, has the cutest new betting game. They’re betting, over there, on whether or not certain film couples will marry! ! !
They’ve even got a set of standard odds, like this: even bet that Bob Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck will wed; 90 to 1 against George Brent taking the leap with Garbo; 5 to 1 that Clark Gable and Carole Lombard will; 10 to 1 that Bill Powell and Jean Harlow won’t; 5 to 3 that Ann Sothern becomes Mrs. Roger Pryor; 7 to 4 against the Jackie Coogan-Betty Grable merger; 20 to 1 against Tom Brown and Eleanore Whitney; 6 to 1 against Ginger Rogers saying her I-do’s with Jimmy Stewart; 4 to 3 that Gene Raymond and Jeanette MacDonald do it; 9 to 4 against Cary Grant and Mary Brian; 15 to 1 that George Raft finally does wed Virginia Pine despite hell, high water and Mrs. George Raft; and, finally, 100 to 1 that Ariel and Caliban never become Mr.-and-Mrs.
Let’s do a check to see what bets won:
Bob Taylor and Barbara Stanwyck did wed, but not until 1939.
George Brent never married Greta Garbo (I found that one quite random!)
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were, of course, married in 1939.
Bill Powell and Jean Harlow never wed, as she died less than a year later.
Ann Sothern and Roger Pryor were married by the time this blurb went to press.
Jackie Coogan and Betty Grable were married in 1937.
Tom Brown and Eleanore Whitney were never married.
Ginger Rogers and Jimmy Stewart were never married (Imagine though!)
Gene Raymond and Jeanette MacDonald were married in 1937.
Cary Grant and Mary Brian were never married.
…and I don’t know who Caliban and Ariel are!
Oh and out of all the couples above who actually were married (besides Clark and Carole, who we all know how that ended, sadly), Jeanette MacDonald and Gene Raymond were the only ones who didn’t divorce.