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Pillow of Death (Universal, 1945). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Horror.
Starring Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Edward Bromberg, Rosalind Ivan, Clara Blandick, George Cleveland. Directed by Wallace Fox. An unrestored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight fold separation and fold wear, pinholes, or very minor tears. Please see full-color, enlargeable image [above] for more details. Folded, Very Fine-.There are several Of these posters on the market...However, this one sold for $191.20
THE DEFINITION Of...
Three Sheet movie posters were large posters usually consisting of 2 pieces which had to be placed together to form one larger piece. These were normally displayed inside the theater lobby on a large wall. These were also shipped folded.
Window card movie posters were printed on heavier card stock paper from the 1920s to the mid 1980s. These posters would be placed outside the theaters, in windows of nearby shops and businesses, as a promotional tool. Most window cards had a blank space allocated at the top of the poster for the theater owners to print the date and showtimes of the movies they were promoting.
Lobby cards are like posters but smaller, usually 14"×11" (8" x 10" before 1930). Lobby cards are collected and their value depends on their age, quality and popularity. Typically issued in sets of 8 cards, each featuring a different scene from the film with a title card listing the film credits.
Until the 1970s, most daybills were printed as lithographs. In the 1960s some posters began copying American printing techniques to achieve a 'gloss' finish that suited the photographic images that were becoming prevalent in poster design. Today, daybills are printed on thick glossy paper and are much more durable.
The Window (RKO, 1949). Three Sheet (41" X 81"). Film Noir.
Starring Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Bobby Driscoll, Richard Benedict, Lloyd Dawson, Carl Faulkner, Budd Fine, Charles Flynn, Tex Swan. Directed by Ted Tetzlaff. An unrestored poster with good color and an overall very presentable appearance. It may have edge wear with tears, pinholes, slight paper loss, minor stains, corner bumps, mild surface wrinkles, and/or some fold separation. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Fine+...This three sheet poster sold for $167.30
In the days before multiplexes, movie theaters generally only had one screen and one movie. To boost ticket sales, studios printed paper advertisements of their films to entice potential audience members.
One of the more collectible forms of these ads was the lobby card, a small piece of card stock that theaters posted in their lobbies to promote a featured film. In a sense, the lobby card was the small relative of the movie poster.
The first lobby cards, introduced around 1910, measured eight by 10 inches and were printed in black and white. Eventually, with advances in heliotype and photogelatin techniques, these cards had three colors (blue, yellow, and pink). Other cards were hand-colored using a stencil.
The eight- by 10-inch cards quickly gave way to 11- by 14-inch cards, which became known as the “standard” size. In the 1920s, a “jumbo” size was introduced which measured 14 by 17 inches. Finally, the “mini” size was introduced in the 1930s as a rebirth of the eight by 10 size (another version was printed on eight- by 14-inch stock).
The Window (RKO, 1949). Lobby Card Set of 8 (11" X 14") and Photos (8) (8" X 10"). Film Noir.
Vintage gelatin silver, single weight, glossy photos. Starring Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Paul Stewart, Ruth Roman, Bobby Driscoll, Richard Benedict, Lloyd Dawson, Carl Faulkner, Budd Fine, Charles Flynn, Tex Swan. Directed by Ted Tetzlaff. An unrestored lobby card set of eight, and photos, that displays signs of use. May include light edge or fold wear, light toning, small paper loss, corner bumps and creases, light surface crinkles, pinholes, or unobtrusive stains and smudges. Please see full-color, enlargeable image above for more details. Fine/Very Fine.THIS LOBBY CARDS SET SOLD FOR $286.80
Jumbo cards were printed on their own, not as part of a series, but mini and standard lobby cards generally came in sets of eight, though sets of nine, 12, and even 16 or more were not uncommon. The first card in these sets was almost always the title card, which included an attention-grabbing image alongside the film’s title, slogan, and main acting credits. As a notable exception, Paramount never printed title cards.
Following the title card were several “scene” cards, which featured still shots from the film. The first two or three scene cards generally promoted the major stars; the two or three after that usually showed minor actors.
The last card or two in the set are known today as “dead cards,” a phrase coined by movie-art collectors because these cards are generally the least desirable in the set. These cards depict extras or scenery from the film.
All of these cards were numbered in the order they were supposed to appear in the series. Before the 1960s, a card’s identifying number could be found in the corner of the artwork. In the ’60s, the number was moved to the bottom border of the card.
Collectors generally prize lobby cards based on the order they appeared in a set—title cards are considered the most valuable, followed by those with major actors, those with minor actors, and finally the dead cards. Collectors generally only bother with dead cards when they are trying to complete a full set.
Autographed lobby cards are particularly desirable, as are cards from old classics like “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and “The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951). Lobby cards from Disney films are also very collectible.
In the mid-1980s, lobby cards stopped being produced in America due to the rise of multi-screen movie theaters. If a theater was showing a dozen or more films at the same time, small lobby cards no longer made sense as a viable marketing strategy. Lobby cards are still produced for foreign film markets, however, so some collectors obtain lobby cards for new films from abroad.
His Girl Friday (Columbia, 1940). Three Sheet (41" X 81").
Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell are larger than life, literally, on this incredible three sheet from Howard Hawks' mystery/comedy. Based on the hit play The Front Pageby Ben Hecht, the film is about a newspaper editor (Grant) who tries to reunite with his ex-wife while investigating the escape of a murderer.
This was the perfect vehicle for Cary Grant's comedic skills, enhanced by Hawks masterfully infusing rapid-fire and overlapping dialogue to make the scenes seem more realistic. One of the finest films of the era, the posters are highly sought after, and this rare three sheet will have heads turning. Only small tears in the top border can be detected, which have been addressed with professional restoration. The linen has been trimmed to the border. Very Fine on Linen. Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000.
His Girl Friday (Columbia, 1940). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B.
At first, newspaper editor Walter Burns' (Cary Grant) task seems simple: keep his ex-wife, star reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell), from marrying poor sap Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) and retiring to a life of domestic bliss. Everything gets more complicated, however, when convicted anarchist Earl Williams (John Qualen), due to be executed, escapes, right into the waiting arms of Walter and Hildy, who hide him out in order to get an exclusive story! One of the top comedies of the 1940s, the film was based on the play The Front Page, by Ben Hecht. The wonderful one sheet offered here had pinholes, crossfold separations, and minor chips in the right and left borders and the bottom left, but professional restoration has addressed all of this leaving it to appear in beautiful condition. Very Fine on Linen...Sold for $2,868.00
His Girl Friday (Columbia, 1940). Swedish One Sheet (27.5" X 39.5"). Directed by Howard Hawks. Starring Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Bellamy, Gene Lockhart, Helen Mack and Porter Hall. Poster has light wrinkling, edge tears on borders and corner bends. Rolled, Very Fine...This Foreign Poster Sold For $1,035.00
His Girl Friday (Columbia, 1940).Window Card (14" X 22"). Howard Hawks' staccato-paced dialog made this comedy from Ben Hecht one of the best screwball comedies of the cinema. Cary Grant plays the jealous ex-husband/ newspaper editor to Rosalind Russell's crusading reporter. Posters for this title are quite collectible and this window card features great images of all three leads. There was some light staining from the cards lying against some wood over the years, but this is very minor and much of this has been corrected in the borders and yellow background which has been airbrushed. The card has also been re-backed. Fine+ on Paper...This Window Card Sold For $776.75
[THE LOBBY CARDS AND 7 SCENES CARDS...]
His Girl Friday (Columbia, 1940). Title Lobby Card and Lobby Cards (3) (11" X 14").
Based on the hit play The Front Page by Ben Hecht, this was the perfect vehicle for Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell's comedic skills, and was one of the first films in which director Howard Hawks employed overlapping dialogue to make the scenes seem more realistic. Offered here is the title card for the lobby set, as well as three scene cards. The title card had light edge wear with small tears, three bent corners and minor paper loss, and some wrinkling in the top border. The other cards had minor imperfection as well as some tanning, which is common in varnished cards. Professional restoration has addressed these issues. Fine+...These four lobby cards sold for $717.00
His Girl Friday (Columbia, 1940). Lobby Cards (4) (11" X 14").
Cary Grant, Rosalind Russell, and Ralph Bellamy star in this classic screwball comedy from Columbia. These cards had pinholes, handling wear and minor imperfections but professional restoration has returned them to a very fine appearance. There is some tanning, which is common in varnished cards. Fine/Very Fine.
Huit Femmes en Noir (CCB, 1960s). Belgian (11.5" X 20.5"). Thriller.
Starring Genevieve Kervine, Christine Carere, Elina Labourdette, Beatrice Arnac. Directed by Victor Merenda. A restored poster with good color and an overall very presentable appearance. It may have edge and fold wear, paper loss in the imprint area not affecting the art. Grades on all restored items are pre-restoration grades. Please see full-color, enlargeable image above for more details. Fine+ on Linen...This poster sold for $26.00
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