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Auction History Result

3k0028 MORTAL STORM 1/2sh 1940 Margaret Sullavan & James Stewart against unnamed Nazis, ultra rare!

Date Sold 2/20/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Folded Half-Sheet Movie Poster (1/2sh; measures 22" x 28" [56 x 71 cm]) (Learn More)

The Mortal Storm, the 1940 Frank Borzage pre-war World War II (WWII) anti-Nazi thriller ("The most exciting picture!"; "The Novel by Phyllis Bottome"; about a professor, his daughter, and her boyfriend in an unnamed European country that is seeing the rise of a fascist group that is taking over the country, and their courageous attempts to both speak out against it and to escape) starring Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart (Jimmy Stewart), Robert Young, Frank Morgan, Robert Stack, Bonita Granville, Irene Rich, Maria Ouspenskaya, William T. Orr, and Gene Reynolds. Note that MGM somewhat courageously made this anti-Nazi movie before the U.S. entered World War II, but they were successfully exporting all of their movies to Germany, and so they attempted to appease Adolf Hitler by not mentioning the Nazis by name, and not identifying the persecuted families in the movie as being Jewish, but that attempt failed, and after this movie was released, Hitler banned MGM movies from Germany! This episode is especially ironic, because in the movie, James Stewart's and Frank Morgan's characters courageously stand up against the Nazis and speak out, even though it means almost certain death, and yet, MGM could not find the same courage as their fictional characters (and meanwhile, over at Warner Bros., they were courageously making anti-Nazi movies like Confessions of a Nazi Spy, made a year earlier!).
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Important Added Info: Note that first release 1940 movie posters from this movie are incredibly rare. We have only previously auctioned a one-sheet (and no other posters, only lobby cards, stills, and a mini window card) from this movie until we received this poster! Also note that this poster was folded at one time but has been laying flat for a long time. It could be re-folded and sent in a small flat package, but we think it would be better if it to be sent in a large flat package, but we will leave it up to the buyer to decide if they want it re-folded or sent in a large flat package.

Condition: very good. The poster has creases along the horizontal fold, with small tears in the top 6" of the vertical fold. It has some smudges in the lower right border. It had a 1" tear in the lower right border that has tape on the back and small separation at the right end of the horizontal fold that has tape on the back. There is also tape on the back of the bottom right corner, where there was a small tear. Other than the above, the poster is in nice condition (see our image).
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