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Auction History Result

2h008 BLONDE CAPTIVE linen 3sh 1932 art of nude woman captured by Australian Aborigines, very rare!

Date Sold 12/9/2018
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Three-Sheet Movie Poster (3sh; measures 41" x 81" [104 x 206 cm]) (Learn More)

The Blonde Captive, the 1931 Paul Withington Australian Aborigine jungle adventure thriller ("The story of a white woman lost among the oldest living race!"; "Captured by cavemen!"; "An absolutely authentic amazing adventure!"; "The strongest warrior won her for his bride!"; "Harpooning the Dugong"; "The Ceremony of the Breaking of the Teeth"; "The Blonde Captive Waves Farewell to Civilization!"; "Under the Auspices of The National Research Council of Australia"; "Produced by Northern Australia Expedition Syndicate") featuring Clifton Chiles, and Paul Withington, with dialogue and narration by Lowell Thomas ("The Voice of the Literary Digest"). Note that there are posters for this movie that do not have a studio listed, buy say "William Pizor presents", and there are also lobby cards, a pressbook, and a glass slide that are identified as being from Columbia Pictures. My guess of what happened is as follows: after the great success of "Africa Speaks" in 1931, I believe William Pizor discovered that in 1929 Paul Withington, an anthropology professor at Harvard, and Clifford Childs, an Australian archeologist, had organized an expedition to the Australian Aboriginal territories. Apparently, William Pizor took the footage these men had filmed, and somehow created a wild exploitation movie called "The Blonde Captive", likely using footage from the above men's expedition, combined with new (and likely "faked") footage! Based on the the items that have surfaced, it appears that there was nudity in the movie, and not just "native" nudity, but a nude white woman. There is a researcher who thinks that this movie was first released by William Pizor, and then released briefly by Columbia Pictures, and then re-released by William Pizor! More research certainly needs to be done on all of this! If anyone knows more about this movie, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
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Important Added Info: Note that we have never before auctioned this three-sheet! Also note that, as noted above, this movie was released by both William Pizor and Columbia Pictures, and it is unclear as to which predates which (and as noted above, there may have been two William Pizor releases). Therefore, do not bid on this item assuming it is surely from 1932, and surely from the first release of the movie, because we don't really know. Only bid if you can accept this uncertainty. Also note that this item contains some nudity, so we have placed a white bar over those areas for those who are bothered by such images. Of course, the actual item does not have the white bars.

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good. The poster had creases, tears, and tiny paper loss on parts of several folds, more so in the right vertical fold, and also some tears in non-fold areas. Overall, the poster was in good condition prior to linenbacking. Someone many years ago had the poster backed onto a thin linen, with some restoration to the folds. While this extremely rare poster could be displayed as it is, I think it would make sense for the new owner to have a top professional remove it from the old backing and properly re-back it, and afterwards, they will have a very rare and remarkable poster to display on their wall!
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