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3a047 CHILD BRIDE WC '38 where lust was called just, throbbing drama of shackled youth, wild!

Date Sold 12/11/2008
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Window Card Movie Poster (WC; measures 14" x 18 1/2") (Learn More)

Child Bride, the 1938 Harry Revier underage marriage sexploitation expose ("Young Victims of Man's Desire"; "A throbbing drama of shackled youth!"; about a rural schoolteacher trying to stop the then-common practice of older rural men who would regularly marry underage girls; it was intended as a serious exploration of this subject, and was apparently pretty tastefully done, but the advertising for the movie presented it as the most lurid sex movie, and it is unlikely that audiences saw it for the intended purpose of educating the public against the practice of underage marriage!) starring Shirley Mills, Bob Bollinger, Dorothy Carrol, Diana Durrell, and Warner P. Richmond. There is a real mystery about this movie! Many sites, including the IMDb, say it is from 1938, but we can't find any newspapers showing advertising for this movie from before 1943. In addition, there are two styles of one-sheet for this movie. One has a 1940s "exploitation" look to it, with somewhat crude art, and that poster says "Mack Enterprises" as the distributor, and the only posters we have seen from that distributor are from the late 1940s or 1950s. But there is another much more rare style of one-sheet for this movie, which only has "Distributed by Stern Fisher - Raymond Friedgen Hollywood, California" at the bottom and no other distributor name (and Stern Fisher was the man who copyrighted the movie). Here is what we think happened: Stern Fisher produced the movie in 1938 and it either had a very limited release, or no release at all, but some posters were made for that intended release (or the limited release). Fisher later sold it to Mack Enterprises in the 1940s or 1950s, and they distributed it in typical "roadshow" fashion, playing across America in small towns. That would explain why the "art" style one-sheet is seen much more than the extremely rare "photo" style one-sheet. If anyone knows more about any of this, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
If you know who did the art (if any), please let us know.
Important Added Info: The window card originally had a blank top that was neatly trimmed off (this was commonly done with window cards, when the top had been left blank, or when someone had hand-scrawled play date information in that area). Most collectors do not consider it to be a significant defect at all, since only blank white paper is lost, and the window card becomes easier to frame.

Condition: good to very good. The card was folded across the middle and there are rough creases along that foldlines. There is a piece of tape on the back of the left and right of the center of the poster, where the fold was separating, and the card has darkened around the edges. There is paper tape on the back of most of the left border, but it was not put there for any restoration purpose.
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