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Auction History Result

8a070 HALLELUJAH LC '29 King Vidor all-black musical, great border art & a wonderful scene, rare!

Date Sold 6/14/2015
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Movie Lobby Card (LC; measures 11" x 14" [28 x 36 cm]) (Learn More)

Hallelujah, the 1929 King Vidor (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for this film) all-black-cast African American musical ("A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Talking Singing Picture"; one of the first all-black productions from a major studio; in this case, MGM; a great story of a tenant farmer who sells his family's cotton in the big city, but is then lured by a dance hall girl into a crooked crap game, and he loses all the money, and he tries to shoot the man who cheated him, but he kills his brother instead, and that causes him to "find religion", and he becomes a preacher, but later, the dance hall girl finds religion too, and he dumps his faithful girl for her, but later, the crooked gambler shows up and the dance hall girl goes away with him, and the preacher tracks them both down and they both die, and the preacher is sentenced to the chain gang, and finds his faithful girl waiting for him when he gets out) starring Daniel L. Haynes, Nina Mae McKinney, William Fountaine, Harry Gray, Fannie Belle de Knight, Everett McGarrity, Victoria Spivey, Milton Dickerson, Robert Couch, Walter Tait, and Matthew 'Stymie' Beard
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Artist: Al Hirschfeld
Important Added Info: Note that first release 1929 movie posters from this classic early black movie are incredibly rare. We have only sold a single lobby card from this movie (and that was 20 years ago), and other than that, we have never sold even a single poster or lobby card from the first release of this movie until we received this great lobby card!

Condition: good to very good. The card was "starch backed", which means that it was moistened with a special starch solution, attached to a backing, allowed to dry, and then the card had touch up while it was backed, and afterward, the backing was removed. This particular card had pinholes, tears, and small paper loss around the edges, with some paper loss in the bottom of the first "H" of the title and the third "L". It had small paper loss in the top of the scene in the top of the wall by the door. There was small paper loss in the trombone in the lower left border art and three small areas of paper loss in the bottom right green background. Other than the exact defects described above, the card was in pretty good condition. The card was starch backed by a talented professional and expert restoration was performed to the above defects. The card displays well, and best of all, it still completely looks and feels like an unrestored lobby card!
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