Where Film Noir Lives...Too!
This Gun for Hire (Paramount, 1942). One Sheet (27" X 41").
Frank Tuttle directs the action in this excellent film noir featuring the unforgettable pairing of Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd. Lake stars as a nightclub singer who is working undercover for the government to track down a corrupt industrialist (Tully Marshall) who's been working for America's enemies. She becomes entangled with double-crossed hitman Ladd, who must ultimately choose between his criminal instincts and his desire to help his new, and only, friend Lake. A seminal and intelligent film, it is based on a Graham Greene story and is as powerful today as when it was first released during WWII. A pinnacle piece for any top poster collection, this iconic sheet is in extremely nice condition. It shows only staple holes in the corners, minor tears at the left and top edges and a crossfold separation. The poster has been mounted on linen, but no other restoration has been done. The linen is trimmed to the edges of the poster. These minor issues do not distract from this dramatic images of these legendary stars. Very Fine- on Linen. Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000...It Sold For $20,315.00 Dollars...
Nightfall (Columbia, 1957). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Film Noir. Starring Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft, Jocelyn Brando, James Gregory, Frank Albertson and Rudy Bond. Directed by Jacques Tourneur. A number of pinholes and staple holes, some enlarged. Light edge wear with minor bumps and tears. A small upper cross fold separation and light fold wear. Extra vertical creases from folding both edges over. Scattered light soiling and smudging. Good noirimage. Fine+...This poster sold for $13.00 and it's in need Of restoration.
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Original Columbia 1957 NSS 57/7 Nightfall 11"x14" lobby card #6 starring, Aldo Ray, Brian Keith and Anne Bancroft. Lobby card is in very good condition. All items listed are authentic items NO REPRODUCTIONS.
Original Columbia 1957 NSS 57/7 Nightfall 11"x14" lobby card #2 starring, Aldo Ray, Brian Keith and Anne Bancroft. Lobby card is in very good condition. All items listed are authentic items used by theaters. NO REPRODUCTIONS.
Original Columbia 1957 NSS 57/7 Nightfall 11"x14" lobby card #3 starring, Aldo Ray, Brian Keith and Anne Bancroft. Lobby card is in good condition, printers ink splatters top left corner. All items listed are authentic items used by theaters. NO REPRODUCTIONS.
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).
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.
This Batch Jewel in The Crown...The Original [late film noir] 1957 Nightfall 11"x14" Title lobby card starring, Aldo Ray, Brian Keith and Anne Bancroft. Lobby card is in very good condition. All items listed are authentic items used by theaters. NO REPRODUCTIONS.
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.
[editor's note: Oops! "Nightfall" have been removed again...[ Here goes the full-film again, but I'm not sure how long it will be available...Therefore, please watch the film as soon as possible! Thanks,]
[editor's note: Unfortunately, the owner removed the full film...Due to copyrighted infringment...I guess?! I'm not sure, but here goes a clip from the 1957 late film entry in the noir canon..."Nightfall..." Starring A.Ray, A. Bancroft and B.Keith...Tks, ]
This scene from NIGHTFALL (1957) was shot outside (and perhaps inside, too--not sure if the interiors were filmed on location or on a soundstage mock-up) Hollywood's oldest pizzeria, Miceli's. http://dld.bz/b2vKp
There's also a glimpse of the Pantages Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard in the opening shot.
Fly By Night (Paramount, 1942). Lobby Card Set of 8 (11" X 14"). Drama. Starring Nancy Kelly, Richard Carlson, Albert Basserman, Martin Kosleck, Miles Mander, Edward Gargan. Directed by Robert Siodmak. This lobby card set has very light edge wear, and small smudges and stains. Nice images of all the stars. Very Fine.Sold for: $25.00
The Suspect (Universal, 1944). One Sheet (27" X 41").
Charles Laughton plays an unhappily married husband who meets Ella Raines in 1902 London. Laughton's wife discovers the two's friendship and then threatens to expose him, forcing him to kill her. Luck seems to finally be on Laughton's side, but fate just might have another surprise in store for him. Prior to professional restoration, this one sheet had only fold wear and pinholes at the corners and in the background. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.Sold for: $310.70
The Suspect (Universal, 1944). Half Sheet (22" X 28"). Crime. Starring Charles Laughton, Ella Raines, Dean Harens, Stanley C. Ridges, Henry Daniell, and Rosalind Ivans. Directed by Robert Siodmak. An unrestored poster with good color and an overall very presentable appearance. It may have tears, slight paper loss, minor stains, and/or some fold separation. Grades on all restored items are pre-restoration grades; Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Fine.Sold for: $77.68
The Suspect (Universal, 1944). Lobby Card Set of 8 (11" X 14"). Thriller.
Starring Charles Laughton, Ella Raines, Molly Lamont, Stanley Ridges, Henry Daniell, Rosalind Ivan. Directed by Robert Siodmak. An unrestored lobby card set of eight that displays signs of use. May include light edge wear with small tears, very minor paper loss, pinholes, smudges, surface crinkles, and mild corner bumps. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Fine/Very Fine.Sold for: $72.00
Four Daughters (Warner Brothers, 1938). One Sheet (27" X 41").
What would seem like a run of the mill romantic drama was turned into a top film with the direction of genius Michael Curtiz and a powerful performance by John Garfield in his first starring role, spawning two sequels. This one sheet has pinpoint stains throughout, and pinholes in the borders with rust stains. Fine...Sold for: $2,031.50
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