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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...

99 RIVER STREET (1953)
99 RIVER STREET (1953) $150.00

Vintage original 22 x 28" (55 x 71 cm.) half sheet style A, USA. John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, Peggie Castle, dir: Phil Karlson; United Artists. Effective noir crime melodrama about a former boxing champ who loses his title and ends up driving a taxi for a living, who ends up being blamed for the murder of his henpecking wife. The film was very effectively directed by Phil Karlson who got unflinching portrayals from the cast, particularly John Payne and with his depiction of the big city as both Heaven and Hell. Folded, VERY GOOD.

BORIS KARLOFF / CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OPERA (1936)
BORIS KARLOFF / CHARLIE CHAN AT THE OPERA (1936) $350.00

Vintage original 10 x 8" (25 x 20 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy gelatin silver print Keybook still photo, USA. Warner Oland, Boris Karloff, Keye Luke, Charlotte Henry, Thomas Beck, dir H. Bruce Humberstone: 20th Century Fox. In this Chan mystery, a dangerous amnesiac escapes an asylum and hides within an opera company, where he is suspected of getting revenge on those who attempted to murder him. Is this dangerous fugitive responsible for the murders? Charlie and son are brought in to find out.

Part horror/part mystery, with touches of humor, this is likely the best remembered of the Chan films....

CHARLIE CHAN IN THE GOLDEN EYE [THE GOLDEN EYE] (1948)
CHARLIE CHAN IN THE GOLDEN EYE [THE GOLDEN EYE] (1948) $300.00

Vintage original 22 x 28" (56 x 71 cm.) half sheet poster, USA. Roland Winters, Wanda McKay, Mantan Moreland, Victor Sen Yung. In this story, Chan and crew pose as tourists at a dude ranch which runs a losing gold mine in Arizona. The mine suddenly is turning a huge profit and its owner needs what may be criminal activity investigated.

Nearing the end of the Charlie Chan film series, this is number 45 of the 47. After Sidney Toler's death in 1946, Monogram decided to continue the series, though it was far-less distinguished. Interesting for the time is that, though...

PURSUIT TO ALGIERS (1945)
PURSUIT TO ALGIERS (1945) $350.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Riordan, Rosaling Ivan, Morton Lowry, dir: Roy William Neil; Universal. In this Sherlock Holmes mystery, Holmes and Watson are hired to escort an heir to a royal throne, whose father has just been assassinated aboard a ship full of assassins plotting against the heir. Filmed on Little Europe Street at Universal's backlot, the script included a number of references to mysteries in Sir Conan Doyle's books. It was the twelfth of the 14 Sherlock Holmes films.

Really clean card. The pinholes at top left...

RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE (1929)
RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE (1929) $300.00

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. Clive Brook, H. Reeves-Smith, Betty Lawford, Charles Hay, Phillips Holmes, Donald Crisp, dir: Basil Dean; Paramount. The very first Sherlock Holmes film to be produced with sound, and in which the immortal line "Elementary, my dear Watson," was uttered on-screen (though it does not appear in the writings of Arthur Canon Doyle).

Made at the Paramount Kaufman Astoria Studios in New York and employing actors of the theatre, this early Holmes effort is an antique curiosity today, full of gadgets and gizmos...

RITA HAYWORTH (CANSINO) / CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT (1935)
RITA HAYWORTH (CANSINO) / CHARLIE CHAN IN EGYPT (1935) $350.00

Vintage original 10 x 8" (25 x 20 cm.) black-and-white glossy gelatin silver print still photo, USA. This was the first feature role for Rita Hayworth (still billed as Rita Cansino) in a full length film. At 16, after years as a dancer in her father's troupe and stage act, she was signed to a contract at Fox Studios. She danced in the film DANTE'S INFERNO and then was cast in a role in the popular Charlie Chan series. She would continue to play under the Cansino name for several years in roles as a dancer and in bit parts,...

SAINT'S VACATION, THE (1941)
SAINT'S VACATION, THE (1941) $750.00

Vintage original 27 x 41" (68 x 102 cm.) one sheet poster, USA. Hugh Sinclair, Sally Gray, Cecil Parker, Arthur Macrae, dir: Leslie Fenton; RKO. Bold graphics and color highlight this outstanding poster entry for the RKO series featuring Leslie Charteris character Simon Templar, aka The Saint. For this outing, the seventh in the series, Charteris wrote the screenplay and the lead role which had been played to that point by George Sanders was taken over by Hugh Sinclair. This film was a departure as it was the first movie made under RKO's newly formed British company, and therefore the...

SECRET AGENT (1936)
SECRET AGENT (1936) $250.00

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Lillie Palmer, dir: Alfred Hitchcock; Gaumont British Corp. Based on a Campbell Dixon play and Somerset Maugham novel, Hitchcock and his writers brought to the screen a brilliant tale of mystery and thrills, tinged with comedy and romance, presented in a style all his own. The story is about three British agents assigned to assassinate a German spy during WWI. Two of them suffer problems when the mission conflicts with their consciences.

This still...

SECRET AGENT (1936)
SECRET AGENT (1936) $900.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA,; GB. John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Lillie Palmer, dir: Alfred Hitchcock; Gaumont British Corp. Based on a Campbell Dixon play and Somerset Maugham novel, Hitchcock and his writers brought to the screen a brilliant tale of mystery and thrills, tinged with comedy and romance, presented in a style all his own. The story is about three British agents assigned to assassinate a German spy during WWI. Two of them suffer problems when the mission conflicts with their consciences. This highly desirable card features the four...

SECRET AGENT (1936)
SECRET AGENT (1936) $300.00

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Lillie Palmer, dir: Alfred Hitchcock; Gaumont British Corp. Based on a Campbell Dixon play and Somerset Maugham novel, Hitchcock and his writers brought to the screen a brilliant tale of mystery and thrills, tinged with comedy and romance, presented in a style all his own. The story is about three British agents assigned to assassinate a German spy during WWI. Two of them suffer problems when the mission conflicts with their consciences.

This still...

SECRET AGENT (1936)
SECRET AGENT (1936) $235.00

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. John Gielgud, Peter Lorre, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Young, Lillie Palmer, dir: Alfred Hitchcock; Gaumont British Corp. Based on a Campbell Dixon play and Somerset Maugham novel, Hitchcock and his writers brought to the screen a brilliant tale of mystery and thrills, tinged with comedy and romance, presented in a style all his own. The story is about three British agents assigned to assassinate a German spy during WWI. Two of them suffer problems when the mission conflicts with their consciences.

This still...

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