Review by WA Demers, Photos Courtesy Premier Auction Galleries
CHESTERLAND, OHIO – On October 2, Premier Auction Galleries, in partnership with the Last Moving Picture Company, hosted the 30th Annual Hollywood Poster Auction, a bidding of 800 lots of movie posters, lobby cards and thousands of original film photos of some of the iconic actors. The collection was not only appealing to collectors of mid-century sets and home theaters, but also vintage movie buffs.
Among the top results, $12,000 was paid for a Fly to Rio half-sheet, 22 by 28 inches, produced for the 1933 American RKO musical comedy starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Dolores Del Rio and Gene Raymond. The musical film is famous not only for being Astaire and Rogers’ first screen pairing (although del Río and Raymond were given the top spot and lead roles), but also for del Río becoming the first major actress to wear a women’s two-piece swimsuit. On the screen.
A great science fiction film from 1951 that carried a very profound message was The day the earth stood still, featuring the alien Klaatu who lands in Washington D.C. and tells the people of Earth that they must live in peace or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. The single sheet of the 20th Century Fox film starring Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe and Sam Jaffe sold for $8,100. In B+ condition, the sheet on linen measured 27 by 41 inches.
Considered a lost film, Baby come home a 1928 first American national sports film released through the short-lived Vocafilm sound-on-film process, presumably a soundtrack of music and effects but no dialogue, and centered on Babe Ruth and Anna Q. Nilsson has been evoked by a half-sheet, 22 by 28 inches, which has undergone expert restoration. It grossed $7,200.
Collecting $2,400 was a window card for the 1933 pre-Code black American musical duck soup. Written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby and directed by Leo McCarey, it was theatrically released by Paramount Pictures on November 17, 1933 and starred the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo, Chico and Zeppo, in his last Marx Brothers film). Paperback with a restoration of the lower border, the map measured 14 by 22 inches.
Vincent Price fans were fighting over an insert for The invisible man returns, a 1940 American science fiction horror film starring Price, Cedric Hardwicke, Nan Gray and John Sutton. The film was a sequel to the 1933 film The invisible Man, and the second film of the Invisible Man film series. In this film, Sir Geoffrey Radcliffe (Price) is convicted of a murder he did not commit, which leads him to beg Dr. Frank Griffin (Sutton) to inject him with the invisibility serum despite being warned by Griffin that the serum will drive him crazy. Measuring 14 inches by 36 inches, the insert earned $2,160.
A film noir classic from 1937, Charlie Chan in Monte Carlo featured the exploits of main character Charlie Chan, a Chinese-Hawaiian detective played by Warner Oland. A sheet for the film, 27 by 41 inches, was released at $1,920. It was the 16th and last Charlie Chan film with Warner Oland portraying Chan. The film also featured Keye Luke as Charlie’s son Lee, and this sheet was enhanced by having it autographed by Luke. A little anecdote: a year after the making of this film, Oland contracted bronchopneumonia during his stay in Sweden and died there on August 6, 1938, at the age of 57. The series continues at Fox for 11 more entries with Sidney Toler leading the way. role.
Exceeding its high estimate to sell for $1,800 was a foil for the horror classic The Mummy’s Tomb, the 1949 Realart film starring Lon Chaney Jr, Elyse Knox and George Zucco. The 27 by 41 inch sheet had some minor tears and pinholes. 1949 RR, USA, Realart, Horror Lon Chaney Jr, Elyse Knox, George Zucco, Turhan Bey, Condition B, minor edge tears and pinholes.
Finally, a sheet for The blue dahlia1946, Paramount detective film with Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake and William Bendix, 27 inches by 41, sells for $1,800.
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