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f038 FLYING DEUCES linen six-sheet movie poster '39 Laurel & Hardy

Date Sold 4/3/2007
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Six-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 81" x 81") (Learn More)

The Flying Deuces, the 1939 A. Edward Sutherland military French Foreign Legion airplane aviation pilot comedy ("Big news on the front!... Gen'l Nuisance and Major Disturbance are on the march! ...From Paris to Paradise for a lesson in love- and an airplane ride that's simply up, UP, UPROARIOUS!"; "Who takes care of the Commandant's daughter when the Commandant's busy Commandanting? Ask Stan. Ask Oliver! They know-and you'll find out -if you can stop laughing long enough. IT's A Sky-Ream!"; "The screen's greatest comedy team re-united for the biggest laugh show of their careers!") starring Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy (Laurel and Hardy), Jean Parker, Reginald Gardiner, and James Finlayson
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster was linenbacked many years ago, and the linenbacker was unable to find a single piece of linen that was large enough to mount the entire poster (I have talked to long-time restorers, and they all had this problem at one time!). So the restorer did the next best thing, which was to linenback the two left pieces (which form the left half of the poster) together on one large piece of linen, and then separately linenbacked the two right pieces of the poster (which form the right half of the poster) on a separate piece of linen. As you can see in our image, the two separate linenbacked parts of the poster can easily be displayed together, and no doubt could be framed together. Another alternative would be to have a talented restorer remove the poster from the separate pieces of linen, and re-back them together on to a single piece of linen (I have had this done to a six-sheet poster that was backed in the same way, for my personal collection, and the resulting re-linenbacked poster looks magnificent!). But please do not bid on this poster unless you have read the above, and realize that you will be receiving a poster that has been linenbacked onto two separate pieces of linen.

Condition: good to very good. The left section of the poster (which was separately linenbacked; see above) had creases, tears, and some tiny paper loss on some foldlines and tiny paper loss at some crossfolds. There was small paper loss at the top of the "U" and "E" of "LAUREL" and in the bottom left of the "D" of "DUECES" in the title. There was a censor stamp in the background at middle left. There was a 1" x 1/4" uneven area of paper loss at the bottom of Laurel's nose and a tiny area of paper loss in his cheek. The right section of the poster (which was separately linenbacked; see above) had a censor stamp in the top right corner. There were creases, small tears, and some tiny paper loss on some foldlines. There was surface paper loss at the bottom of the bird at top right and in the blue background beneath it. There was a 6" irregular tear in the middle of the right border extending into the blue background. There were seven thin areas of paper loss to the left and right of the girl's mouth at bottom right, and a semi-circular scratch line with areas of surface paper loss above and below it, starting in the woman's chin and running to the bottom center of that section. Both sections had tack holes, creases, smudges, and some tears in the borders. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was backed on to two pieces of a thin linen, and absolutely, the poster should be re-linenbacked (although it certainly could be displayed as it is, but it will look SO MUCH better once it is re-backed). Once it is re-linenbacked on to a single piece of linen, the poster's defects (which are numerous, but fortunately almost all are in less important areas of the poster) can be more thoroughly restored, and the poster will look incredible!
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