PRE-CODE-EARLY TALKIE

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(FAULKNER, WILLIAM, ADAPTED FROM) STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE, THE (1933)
(FAULKNER, WILLIAM, ADAPTED FROM) STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE, THE (1933) $950.00 SOLD

Vintage original pressbook (“Press Sheet and AD-SALES Catalogue”), UK. 

Pictorial wrappers, 8 pp., 11 ½ x 9 ½” (30 x 24 cm.), pages partly coming loose, vg+.

 1933 pre-code film, based on William Faulkner's 1931 novel, "Sanctuary." An extremely rare film, only shown at festivals on occasion since its release, with only one known nitrate print in storage...

BEHIND OFFICE DOORS (1931)
BEHIND OFFICE DOORS (1931) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Mary Astor, Robert Ames, Ricardo Cortez, dir: Melville W. Brown, RKO. Wonderful Pre-Code image of Mary Astor and Ricardo Cortez in a bedroom setting. Mary plays a secretary whose boss takes her for granted until rival executive Ricardo starts to pay attention to her. In the story, he offers her $50. per week as secretary, for which she raises an eyebrow wondering what that may entail, since the average salary of a secretary at the time was $20.

Very vivid colors. Tiny chip to bottom left corner, ABOUT...

BEHIND OFFICE DOORS PRE-CODE LOBBY CARD WITH MARY ASTOR (1931)
BEHIND OFFICE DOORS PRE-CODE LOBBY CARD WITH MARY ASTOR (1931) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Mary Astor, Robert Ames, Ricardo Cortez, dir: Melville W. Brown, RKO. Wonderful Pre-Code image of Mary Astor and Robert Ames in a flirtatious moment in an office... Mary plays a secretary whose boss takes her for granted until rival executive Ricardo Cortez starts to pay attention to her. In the story, he offers her $50. Per week as secretary, for which she raises an eyebrow wondering what that may entail, since the average salary of a...

BIG BUSINESS GIRL (1931)
BIG BUSINESS GIRL (1931) $1,250.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) title lobby card, USA. Loretta Young, Frank Albertson, Ricardo Cortez, Joan Blondell, dir: William A. Seiter. Warner Brother First National Vitaphone. Brilliant Deco lettering and collage art highlight this layout, in which the image becomes part of the title treatment. The three top start, Young, Cortez and Albertson, are featured. The film is also a notorious Pre-Code film which Turner included in their "Forbidden Hollywood" campaign recently. The story was about a college girl who, when her lackluster boyfriend goes away with his band, decides to see if she can make...

BIG SHOT, THE (1931)
BIG SHOT, THE (1931) $200.00 SOLD

Vintage original 14 x 22" (56 x 71 cm.) window card poster, USA. The story of a young man (Quillan) who is raised on Horatio Alger stories and believes that hard work and fortitude will pay moff in life. Of course, that makes him gullible, too -- particularly when he believes he is taking the easy road and he falls for a bad business deal. He also does his best to impress his sweetheart (O'Sullivan) while a vamp (Nolan) does her deed of seducing him. A definite Depression-era comedy with a few Pre-Code moments. The theatre owners have neatly written...

BIG TOWN GIRL (1937)
BIG TOWN GIRL (1937) $250.00 SOLD

Vintage original 27 x 41" (68 x 102 cm.) one sheet poster, USA. Claire Trevor, Donald Woods, Alan Dinehart, Alan Baxter, dir: Alfred L. Werker; Twentieth Century Fox. Outstanding portraiture highlights this presentation for the story about a songstress who becomes a radio star and finds it necessary to disguise her identity because of her criminal husband. She becomes known as the personality "The Masked Countess." The sixty-six-minute B-musical features songs by Sidney Claire and Harry Akst, writers of many popular songs of the 1930s. On linen, there are some small little stains and dings, mostly in blank areas, VERY...

BOWERY, THE (1933)
BOWERY, THE (1933) $200.00 SOLD

Three (3) vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print linen book still photos (8 x 11" [20 x 29 cm.] on linen), USA. Wallace Beery, George Raft, Jackie Cooper, Fay Wray, Pert Kelton, dir: Raoul Walsh, Fox Pictures.

The charismatic stars and entertaining period scenes of this story of 1890s New York are presented in these three stills which are from an original linen book. Each is marked in pencil on the verso for its exclusive use in a movie magazine of the time, week of 7/25/33. Stills used in magazines Modern...

BROADWAY (1929)
BROADWAY (1929) $0.00 SOLD

Vintage original 14 x 17" (35 x 43 cm.) jumbo lobby card, USA. Glenn Tryon, Evelyn Brent, Merna Kennedy, Thomas E. Jackson, Robert Ellis, dir: Paul Fejos; Universal. Art Deco graphics highlight this card with a confrontational scene. Based on a Broadway play of the same name, the film was distinguished by its innovative camera work, the director (Paul Fejos) having developed a crane which could move the cumbersome camera -- something which the barrage of backstage musicals had not been able to do to this point. Like most...

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

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...

CALL HER SAVAGE (1932)
CALL HER SAVAGE (1932) $1,850.00 SOLD

Vintage original 14 x 36" (35 x 91 cm.) insert poster, USA. Clara Bow, Gilbert Roland, Thelma Todd, Estelle Taylor, dir: John Francis Dillon; Fox Film. A savagely brazen Pre-Code film touching on nearly every subject which soon became taboo (some of which is seldom approached even in today's films), including prostitution, STDs, promiscuity, pedophilia and gay bars. Story of a wild Texan girl who is sent to Chicago to charm school. While there she adopts the name 'Dynamite' and tears the town apart. However, even in these Pre-Code days 'Dynamite' Nasa Springer must learn the errors of her reckless...

CLAUDETTE COLBERT / THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (1932)
CLAUDETTE COLBERT / THE SIGN OF THE CROSS (1932) $600.00 SOLD

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 35 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Claudette Colbert, Frederic March, Charles Laughton, Elissa Landi, Ian Keith, dir: Cecil B. DeMille; Paramount. An outrageously decadent Pre-Code retelling of the epic story of Emperor Nero (Laughton), Empress Poppaea (Colbert), the burning of Rome and the feeding of Christians to the lions.

Future film director Mitchell Leisen created the extravagant sets and costumes. He also served as assistant director to DeMille. A classic of high camp and over-the-top characterizations as only DeMille could present. A 1944 re-release necessitated some of the...

EASY TO LOVE (1934)
EASY TO LOVE (1934) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Genevieve Tobin, Adolphe Menjou, Mary Astor, Edward Everett Horton, dir: William Keighley; Warner Brothers. A Pre-Code image with Genevieve Tobin and Adolphe Menjou. Filmed in late-1933 and released in Jan. 1934, images and stores of this type would not be permitted starting in Apr. 1934 when the strict motion picture "Code" went into effect. Marital issues were the premise of this story, including suspected philandering and living together without being married. It was based on the Broadway play As Good As New, which ran for just 56 performances...

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