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3j0239 DARK VICTORY linen 1sh 1939 super close portrait of Academy Award Winner Bette Davis, rare!

Date Sold 2/18/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Dark Victory, the classic 1939 Edmund Goulding romantic love triangle medical doctor high society melodrama ("Twice Academy Award winner now brings to the screen her greatest role!"; "From the play by George Emerson Brewer, Jr. and Bertram Bloch"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; about a rich young socialite who spends her time with her prize horses, but when she discovers she has a brain tumor, she goes to a top surgeon who operates on her and removes the tumor, and they fall in love; she realizes the cancer is terminal, and she leaves him, but Humphrey Bogart is her horse trainer who gets her to tell him why she's been acting unruly, and she ends up returning to the doctor to marry him and live out her remaining days!) starring Bette Davis (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers, and Cora Witherspoon. Note that this was the last time Bette Davis would co-star with Humphrey Bogart, after having appeared together in a number of Warner Bros. movies between 1931 and 1937. The movie is rightfully considered one of the greatest melodrama "tearjerkers" of all time! Finally, note that most of the first release posters for this movie billed Bette Davis as "Academy Award Winner" (with an image of an Oscar statuette next to that). This does NOT mean that this is a re-release poster advertising that Miss Davis won the Academy Award for this movie (in fact, while she was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, she did not win). Rather, it refers to the fact that Bette Davis had previously won an Academy Award (for "Jezebel") and the studio was proud of that fact and advertised it on the poster!
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Important Added Info: Note that we have previously auctioned four examples of this one-sheet, but only one in the last 16 years, and that example sold for $8,148!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had truly minor wear on the folds. It had a 10" tear in the lower right border, almost completely in the brown background, but very slightly touching the top of Fitzgerald's credit. There was a 4" vertical tear above the "O" of "BOGART" extending down between the "B" and the "O" and down the left of the "O" of "BROS." The poster had a few tiny areas of paper loss in the blank borders, mostly near the corners. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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