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...

APPLAUSE (1929)
APPLAUSE (1929) $750.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14”  (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA.  Helen Morgan, Joan Peers, Fuller Mellish Jr., dir: Rouben Mamoulian; Paramount.  Perhaps the finest of the earliest backstage musicals, directed by the brilliant Rouben Mamoulian. This was his very first film. Right from the start, Mamoulian knew how to make his camera move and tell a story even with the confines of the technical issues of early sound film making.  Helen Morgan brilliantly made the transition from Broadway theatre acting (she was the original Julie of...

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...

BLUE ANGEL, THE/WITH MARLENE DIETRICH AND EMIL JANNINGS (1930)
BLUE ANGEL, THE/WITH MARLENE DIETRICH AND EMIL JANNINGS (1930) $300.00 SOLD

Vintage original 8 x 10 (20 x 25 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Emil Jannings, Marlene Dietrich, Kur Gerron, dir: Josef von Sternberg; Paramount/UFA. Filmed in 1929 in both a German and English speaking version, this classic is known to be Germany’s first full length talking film. It made Marlene Dietrich an immortal star.  Many star actresses were considered for the German UFA/Paramount film but director von Sternberg selected the little known Dietrich because of her blasé attitude. An affair which would last for...

BOLERO WITH CAROLE LOMBARD AND GEORGE RAFT (1934)
BOLERO WITH CAROLE LOMBARD AND GEORGE RAFT (1934) $375.00 SOLD

Vintage original 11 x 14” (28 x 35 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. George Raft, Carole Lombard, Sally Rand, Frances Drake, William Frawley, Gertrude Michael, dir: Wesley Ruggles/Mitchell Leisen; Paramount.  This film was famous for its torrid dance performance by Lombard and Raft to Ravel’s “Bolero.”  Paramount envisioned the duo as competition to RKO’s Astaire and Rogers’s team and they would also do a second film of this type called RHUMBA as this film was quite a hit. Though perhaps...

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...

BROADWAY MELODY POSTER IMAGE (1929)
BROADWAY MELODY POSTER IMAGE (1929) $150.00 SOLD

Vintage original 10 x 8” (25 x 20 cm.) black and white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Charles King, Bessie Love, Anita Page, dir: Harry Beaumont: Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer.  The second film to win and the first talking picture to win the Academy Award as Best Picture (for the 1928-1929 season).  Made during the transition from silent to talkie films, with MGM the last major studio to make the change, the story of two sisters struggling to make it on Broadway makes for an uneven...

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