ART DECO

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AWAKENING, THE (1928)
AWAKENING, THE (1928) $750.00

Vintage original 22 x 28" (55 x 71 cm.) half sheet poster, USA. Vilma Banky, Walter, Byron, Louis Wolheim, George Davis, dir: Victor Fleming; Samuel Goldwyn Company. A very fine example of early Art Deco design elements used on a movie poster. The film is lost and of interest is that it was Academy Award-nominated (for art direction to William Cameron Menzies) during the organization's second year. It was also a work by director Victor Fleming and a vehicle for top Goldwyn silent star, Vilma Banky. Brought from Russia, she was greatly celebrated until her thick accent proved too much...

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

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...

BROADWAY (1929)
BROADWAY (1929) $0.00

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...

DOUBLEPATTE ET PATACHON (ca. 1930)
DOUBLEPATTE ET PATACHON (ca. 1930) $2,000.00

Vintage original 47 x 63" (120 x 160 cm.) grande affiche poster, France. A French stock poster for the Danish comedy team Pat and Patachon, who were popular from 1920 through the 1930s. They were immensely popular throughout Europe, and were an odd couple, something like Laurel and Hardy. This poster by Faria is one of the best examples of Art Deco film illustration that we have ever encountered. On linen, NEAR FINE.

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

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...

FAITHLESS (1932)
FAITHLESS (1932) $350.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Tallulah Bankhead, Robert Montgomery, Hugh Hubert, dir: Harry Beaumont; MGM.

After a brief stint in silent films, the theatre world was charmed by the voice and manner of Tallulah Bankhead; a return to film with talkies, however, did not bring her any further success. She starred in several soap opera melodramas, this one for MGM, plush with Deco furnishings and Adrian costumes. Neither MGM, nor her character Carol Morgan, seemed to be aware there was a depression on as she romped from man to man in this Pre-Code melodrama.

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GLORIFYING THE AMERICAN GIRL (1929)
GLORIFYING THE AMERICAN GIRL (1929) $0.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Mary Eaton, Eddie Cantor, Helen Morgan, Rudy Vallee, dir: Millard Webb; Paramount.

One of the top films of the early musical/talkie extravaganza era. This film utilized Florence Ziegfeld's famous follies girls and stars, including Mary Eaton and Helen Morgan. In fact, Ziegfeld himself appeared in the film, as did songwriter Irving Berlin and a host of stage and film stars and producers.

Offering an interesting look at real city life of 1929, the last two reels (featuring the spectacular finale) were filmed in two-strip Technicolor, highlighted by a spectacular set...

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...

INSPIRATION (1931)
INSPIRATION (1931) $850.00

Vintage original 14 x 22" (56 x 71 cm.) window card poster, USA. Greta Garbo, Robert Montgomery, Lewis Stone, Marjorie Rambeau, Karn Morley, dir: Clarence Brown; MGM. Wonderful period deco font and layout presents the great Greta Garbo above the title of this melodramatic romance. A lovely portrait of her with leading man Robert Montgomery and the tagline "A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ALL TALKING Picture" brought audiences into the theatre in 1931. It was Garbo's third talking film and people were excited to hear her speak. Beautifully photographed by William Daniels (Garbo's favorite) in the German style of the time, it contains...

PENTHOUSE (1933)
PENTHOUSE (1933) $450.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Charles Butterworth, Mae Clarke, Phillips Holmes, C. Henry Gordon, dir: W.S. Van Dyke; MGM. Art Deco opulence in the MGM/Cedric Gibbons art direction (Alexander Toluboff and Edwin B. Willis as associates) was the highlight of this film, and of this exquisite card featuring Myrna Loy and Warner Baxter.

This was the story of a crooked lawyer whose specialty is getting mob members off for their crimes. Loy plays his girlfriend, but as this film is not only Pre-Code, for her it is also pre-Nora Charles,...

PRIVATE LIVES (1931)
PRIVATE LIVES (1931) $750.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card. USA, Norma Shearer, Robert Montgomery, Reginald Denny, Una Merkel, Jean Hersholt, dir: Sidney Franklin; MGM. Married to boy wonder and top MGM executive Irving Thalberg, Norma Shearer ruled the MGM lot in 1931. She had just won an Academy Award for Best Actress as well. Thalberg sought out the very best in novels, plays and original material for Shearer. That included Broadway. Noel Coward wrote and starred in his play, which played on Broadway (along with Gertrude Allen and Laurence Olivier) and it ran till Sept. 1931. The MGM...

SPEAKEASY (1929)
SPEAKEASY (1929) $250.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) title lobby card, USA. Paul Page, Lola Lane, Henry B. Walthall, Helen Ware, Sharon Lynn, dir: Benjamin Stoloff; William Fox.

Wonderful representative art of the jazz age and early Art Deco. Evocative of the time with its "100% Dialogue Fox Movietone Melodrama." This was one of many fast paced stories of the time set in a newsroom. This time a girl reporter chases a story about a prizefight contender whose manager is going to throw the fight. John Wayne appeared as an uncredited extra. The film is believed to be lost.

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