Bette & Joan

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(HAMMETT, DASHIELL, ADAPTED FROM) SATAN MET A LADY (1936)
(HAMMETT, DASHIELL, ADAPTED FROM) SATAN MET A LADY (1936) $375.00

Vintage original 7 ½ x 9 ½ (18 x 23 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA.  Bette Davis, Warren William, Alison Skipworth, Arthur Treacher, dir: William Dieterle; Warner Brothers. After being nominated in 1934 and winning an Academy Award in 1935, Warner Brothers continued to cast Bette Davis in mediocre roles and films.  So fed up was she that she sailed for England in 1936 after a suspension for refusing a role. Her intent was to work there, Warner stopped her and she sued.  Though she lost the suit, the studio did slowly...

ACROSS THE PACIFIC (1928)
ACROSS THE PACIFIC (1928) $350.00

Vintage original 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) Vintage original black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Joan Crawford, Ramon Novarro, Ernest Torrence, dir: Willian Nigh; MGM. Before being known as the ultimate flapper, Joan Crawford paid her dues and learned her craft in a variety of film stories.  This story, based on Ben Ames Williams novel was set in an American coastal community during the 1850s.  MGM remade the story in 1953 as ALL THE BROTHERS WERE VALIANT.  Anna May Wong made an uncredited appearance...

BETTE DAVIS (1942)
BETTE DAVIS (1942) $200.00

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print, USA. The original blurb appears on the back discussing Bette Davis recent work, including her Hollywood Canteen endeavor and the finishing of her film NOW VOYAGER. Though an informal tennis shot, she appears to me made up and coiffed for her role of Charlotte Vale, in that film. The portrait is stamped by photographer Bert Six for Warner Brothers. NEAR FINE.

BETTE DAVIS (ca. 1938)
BETTE DAVIS (ca. 1938) $1,500.00

Vintage original 11 x 15" (29 x 38 cm.) double weight matte finish hand colored poster, promotion for Warner Brothers Pictures, France. Davis at the height of her star power presents herself with trademark cigarette and plenty of attitude in this unusual piece. Davis won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1935 and 1938 and would be nominated in 1939, 1940, 1941 and 1942, as well as for five other years. This is one of an extremely rare group of small posters done in France for Warner Brothers stars in the late-1930s. NEAR FINE.

BETTE DAVIS / MISS MOFFAT (1974)
BETTE DAVIS / MISS MOFFAT (1974) $550.00

Vintage original 22 x 14" (55 x 35 cm.), window card, USA. Bette Davis, Dody Goodman, Anne Francine, Nell Carter, dir: Joshua Logan; Wlksm Logan and Brown. Very rare theatre poster for the ill-fated musical version of Emlyn William's The Corn is Green.

Bette Davis scored highly with an Academy Award nomination playing the repressed but driven school teacher in the 1945 film. It seemed like an excellent source for a musical, and many of the tops in theatre were engaged to make this a success.

The critics panned it, however, and Bette -- at a time when...

BETTE DAVIS AND CAST DRESS REHEARAL FOR ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
BETTE DAVIS AND CAST DRESS REHEARAL FOR ALL ABOUT EVE (1950) $750.00

Vintage original 10 x 8” (25 x 20 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Gary Merrill, Hugh Marlowe, Gregory Ratoff, Thelma Ritter, Marilyn Monroe; dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz; Twentieth Century Fox.  The main cast is assembled, appearing to be in rehearsal (stage lights above) for a climatic “show down” between the two main characters, Margo Channing (Bette Davis) and Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter).  Included is Hugh Marlowe, Celeste Holm,...

BETTE DAVIS IN STORM CENTER [ART BY SAUL BASS] PRESSBOOK (1956)
BETTE DAVIS IN STORM CENTER [ART BY SAUL BASS] PRESSBOOK (1956) $375.00

Vintage original 12 x 16” (30 x 40 cm.) pressbook, 16 pages, USA.  Bette Davis, Brian Keith, Kim Hunter, Paul Kelly, dir: Daniel Taradash; Columbia.  Saul Bass presented a unique ad campaign for this superb mature drama, which was a very apropos story at the time (and still very relevant in today’s political climate) about a small-town librarian who is branded as a communist by the local politicians, and thus, the townspeople when she will not withdraw a controversial book from the library’s shelves. The film was perfectly crafted in...

CABIN IN THE COTTON (1932)
CABIN IN THE COTTON (1932) $350.00

Vintage original 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Bette Davis, Richard Barthelmess, Dorothy Jordon, dir: Michael Curtiz; Warner Brothers. A tight melodrama set in the American South exploring the problems of Capitol and Labor, that between the tenant farmers and their landlords.  A sharecropper’s son falls for the provocative daughter of the land owner.  Today, mainly because the clip is featured in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE, the film is most famous for Davis’ line (which she later told...

CORN IS GREEN, THE (1945)
CORN IS GREEN, THE (1945) $300.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card set of eight (8), USA. Bette Davis, Nigel Bruce, John Dall, Joan Lorring, Rhys Williams, Mildred Dunnock, dir: Irving Rapper; Warner Brothers. From the famous Emlyn Williams Broadway play.

Bette Davis, in perhaps her most unmannered performance, plays a teacher in a Welsh mining town who sets up a school to teach fundamentals to the villagers. One student turns out to be brilliant, and she does all she can to encourage him so as he can have a life outside of the town. This was basically the autobiography...

DARK VICTORY BETTE DAVIS WEARS FUR (1939)
DARK VICTORY BETTE DAVIS WEARS FUR (1939) $350.00

Vintage original 7 ¼   x 9 ¼   black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, dir: Edmund Goulding; Warner Brothers.  One of Bette Davis’ most famous film roles, Judith Traherne--- the spoiled socialite, who, when diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, learns about friendship, love and dignity.  Davis campaigned strongly with Jack Warner to secure the rights for the play. Warner argued that audiences did not want to see someone going blind.  David O. Selznick had secured the...

DARK VICTORY BETTE DAVIS WITH HUMPHREY BOGART (1939)
DARK VICTORY BETTE DAVIS WITH HUMPHREY BOGART (1939) $450.00

Vintage original 7 ¼   x 9 ¼   black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, dir: Edmund Goulding; Warner Brothers.  This special studio photograph with original attached paper blurb is #14 in a series which told the film’s storyline for publicity and magazine publication.  Bette Davis is pictured playing Judith Traherne with Humphrey Bogart as Michael, her horse trainer. Davis was Warner Brother’s major star actress, but Bogart, who had toiled for years on stage and for 9...

GRAND HOTEL (1932)
GRAND HOTEL (1932) $500.00

Vintage original 14 x 22" (35 x 56 cm.) window card poster, USA. Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone, Jean Hersholt, dir: Edmund Goulding; MGM. The granddaddy of the all-star cast extravaganza. The mold was cast with this story of a group of different people staying at Berlin's luxury hotel (and based on Vicki Baum's book). Their dramas play out in the rooms of the hotel, some of them meeting and overlapping, but mostly each story plays itself out, with the cynical, bored and scarred doctor of the establishment (Lewis Stone) stating at the...

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