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Auction History Result

4z0189 OF HUMAN BONDAGE WC 1934 Maugham classic, best art of Bette Davis & Leslie Howard, very rare!

Date Sold 7/9/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Unfolded Movie Window Card (WC; measures 14" x 17 1/2" [36 x 44 cm]) (Learn More)

Of Human Bondage, the classic 1934 John Cromwell man-obsessed-with-trashy-woman-who-treats-him-as-badly-as-anyone-has-ever-been-treated romantic melodrama ("The love that lifted a man to paradise.. and hurled him back to earth [sic] again!"; "From the novel by W. Somerset Maugham"; "W. Somerset Maugham's world famous novel") starring Leslie Howard (as Philip Carey), Bette Davis (note that because Bette Davis was a Warner Bros star, and because she was "loaned" to RKO to make the movie, Warner executives saw to it that she wasn't even nominated for the Best Actress Oscar [for the only time in Oscar history, there was a major effort to have her still win by being a "write-in" candidate, but that failed, which was likely the greatest travesty in the history of the Academy Awards!]; As so often happens, Davis was given the Best Actress Oscar the following year for Dangerous, as a "consolation" prize for being robbed the year before!; as Mildred), Frances Dee, Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Alan Hale Sr., and Reginald Owen. Note that this movie was remade twice, in 1946 with Eleanor Parker and in 1964 with Kim Novak, and while both those actresses did excellent jobs, Davis' performance remains the definitive one!
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Important Added Info: Note that first release 1934 movie posters from this Bette Davis/Leslie Howard classic are incredibly rare. We have only previously auctioned one example of this window card (which sold for $550), which was the first time we had auctioned a first release U.S. poster from this movie until we received this second window card, with wonderful artwork! Note that RKO was likely afraid of both the subject matter of this movie, and also the nature of Davis' character, because this window card has wonderful artwork of Davis and Howard, but you certainly get no impression of her character's true nature from this image!

Note that this poster has been trimmed and it now measures 14" x 17 1/2" [36 x 44 cm]. Also note that this window card was never folded. Often window cards would be folded across the middle, because that would make them 11" x 14", and they could then be sent with standard folded posters. Most collectors put an added value on a window card that has never been folded.

Condition: very good. Someone trimmed off the entire blank top, affecting the slightest bit of the top edge of the background area at the extreme left and extreme right. Other than the above, the card is in nice condition, and it has had no restoration.
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