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4s554 ASSASSIN OF YOUTH pressbook 1940s marijuana, a roadside weed became a national menace, rare!

Date Sold 3/17/2019
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An Original Undated (probably 1940s; see below) Vintage Theatrical Movie Pressbook (pb; measures 11" x 17" [28 x 43 cm]; 4 pages) (Learn More)

Assassin of Youth, the 1937 Elmer Clifton marijuana marihuana pot weed drugs thriller ("A Puff, A Party, A Tragedy") starring Luana Walters, Arthur Gardner, Dorothy Short, Earl Dwire, and Fay McKenzie. We are certain that this movie played in the late 1930s and 1940s on a "roadshow" basis, being shown in small towns for one night only, sometimes at midnight shows. The only movie paper we have auctioned has a "roadshow" feel to it, and may well be from a roadshow release. If anyone has ever seen any movie paper they think is definitely from 1937, please e-mail us and we will post it here. Note that in 1968, this movie was recirculated to theaters under the title "The Devil's Joint", with images and taglines partially lifted from the original 1937 poster, and with the added tagline "Not a new problem!!! This film was made in 1937 -- before most of you were born!! Never on T.V." Further note that the IMDb lists "The Devil's Joint" as a 1969 compilation documentary of the 1930s and 1940s drug movies, and it is possible that such a documentary was made the year after the movie was re-released, but it is also possible the documentary was created at any later date.
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Important Added Info: Note that we have never before auctioned this pressbook, which is clearly from a roadshow release from the 1930s or 1940s. It pictures a theater front with many posters and has many other images and newspaper ads we have never seen anywhere else! Note that we have provided an image of the front and back covers of this pressbook (if the back cover is not the poster page, we photographed the interior poster page), and of course, the winner of this auction will receive the entire single pressbook we are auctioning (plus any supplements or heralds described above)! Also note that this pressbook is complete and uncut! Given that theater owners received pressbooks partly in order to create their newspaper advertising, and quite frequently cut them up for that purpose, it is rare to find a pressbook that IS complete and uncut!

Condition: very good, NO CUTS. The pressbook is complete and uncut. It was folded across the middle. There are a very few faint brown stains on the covers, but they are not very noticeable or distracting. Otherwise, the pressbook is in nice condition!
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