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5j345 LADY EVE linen 1sh '41 Preston Sturges directed, art of Barbara Stanwyck & Henry Fonda!

Date Sold 12/4/2012
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style A One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

The Lady Eve, the classic 1941 Preston Sturges romantic gambling con man idle rich mistaken identity screwball comedy ("Barbara Stanwyck has Henry Fonda Bewitched and Bewildered in The Lady Eve"; "Barbara's Got Henry Falling For Her!..."; "Oops! There He Goes Again!"; "He Down For The Third Time..."; "Right into Barbara's arms... she's got him now - and does he love it!"; "Another Preston Sturges Hit!"; "This miss's kiss is packed with blisses! Should I run or make her Mrs.? Trouble is. She reminisces. What a dizzy Eden this is!"; "Screenplay based on a story by Monckton Hoffe"; "Written and directed by Preston Sturges"; about a nerdy anthropologist on an ocean liner voyage, who gets swindled by an old gambler/cheat and his beautiful daughter, and later, she tries to do it again by impersonating a completely different woman, but he is sure she is the woman he met before) starring Barbara Stanwyck, Henry Fonda, Charles Coburn, Eugene Pallette, Martha O'Driscoll, William Demarest, Eric Blore, Janet Beecher, Melville Cooper, and Robert Greig. Note that the credit "Screenplay based on a story by Monckton Hoffe" sounds reminiscent of a W.C. Fields credit for himself under a wacky pseudonym, but actually, Monckton Hoffe is a real man, who was an Irish playwright, who worked in Hollywood mostly in the late 1920s through the early 1940s, but "The Lady Eve" is far and away his most famous credit!
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster (for perhaps Preston Sturges' best movie) is extremely rare! We have only auctioned it once, and that was 20 years ago!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had tiny paper loss at the top two crossfolds and some tiny tears in parts of the vertical foldline. There were extremely tiny tears with incredibly tiny paper loss in Fonda's chin, just below his mouth. There was a 6" slightly diagonal tear running from the bottom of the "N" of "STANWYCK" across to the bottom of the "d" of "and" at top center, with another 6" tear running from the top of the "W" of "STANWYCK" across to the bottom of the "K" (both tears were "clean" tears, with no paper loss). There were tiny pinholes around the edges. There were tiny tears and tiny bits of paper loss in the left half of the top foldline, with minor wear on the other folds. I've gone into huge detail about the many tiny defects the poster had, because it is quite rare and valuable, but certainly none of them were major to begin with, and all were easily corrected through restoration. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was expertly backed by a talented restorer, and displays great!
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