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s304 SIDE SHOW OF LIFE linen one-sheet movie poster '24 Ernest Torrence

Date Sold 7/3/2007
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style B One-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 27" x 41") (Learn More)

The Side Show of Life, the 1924 Herbert Brenon silent circus melodrama ("A stirring drama of circus and society life"; "The story of a clown who became a famous man of valor."; "From William J. Locke's famous novel and the play by Ernest Denny 'The Mountebank'"; a really wacky melodrama about an English orphan who becomes a famous French clown; he runs into an English Lady when she runs over his trained dog with her car!; at the start of World War I, the clown enlists and works his way up to Brigadier General!; after the war, he becomes a clown again, but he is no longer funny, but the crowd supports him because he was a war hero; he ends up emigrating to Australia, and discovers that the English Lady is on board, intending to go with him! Note that director Herbert Brenon obviously loved sad melodramatic clowns, because he later directed Lon Chaney Sr. in "Laugh, Clown, Laugh") starring Ernest Torrence (as "Lackaday the Clown"), Anna Q. Nilsson (as "Lady Auriol"), Louise Lagrange, Maurice de Canonge, Neil Hamilton, and William Ricciardi
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Condition: very good to fine. The poster was tri-folded only. It had some minor wear on the foldlines. There was a 10" horizontal tear below William J. Locke's credit in the green background and some creases, smudges, and stains in the blank borders. Overall, the poster was in very good to fine condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well. Note that the restorer who mounted the poster did not leave any excess linen around the edges of the poster.
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