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Lot #: 1516 BORDERTOWN one-sheet movie poster R30s Paul Muni & Bette Davis!

Date Sold 12/21/2004
Sold For: $258.27
Appears in Warner Bros Movie Posters at Auction
Only $15.99

The image at right appears in the auction catalog we published as shown above and was sold long ago and we do NOT have it available for purchase. However, you can buy the auction catalog it appears in using the "Order" button above.

An Undated (probably 1930s) Re-release Vintage Theatrical Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 27" x 41") (Learn More)

Bordertown, the 1935 Archie Mayo (billed as "Archie L. Mayo") romantic love triangle murder crime film noir ("Immortal drama with immortal stars!"; about a Hispanic man who goes to work as a bouncer in a cafe in Mexico on the border by California, and he rises up to become the partner of the owner, but the owner's boss likes him in the wrong way, and she wants him to conspire with her and kill the boss so that they can own the casino and be together, but he has different ideas) starring Paul Muni, Bette Davis, Margaret Lindsay, Eugene Pallette, and Robert Barrat. Note that Warner Bros. in 1940 "lifted" a huge chunk of the plot of this movie and reused it as part of "They Drive By Night", and of course, there are also many similarities to the plot of "The Postman Always Rings Twice"! Note that there is something unusual about this movie. When it was first released, Paul Muni was Warner Bros. top star and Bette Davis received secondary billing to him. When she quickly rose to stardom after this movie was released, the movie was given a quick re-release in 1937, where the two stars were now equally billed. This quick re-release likely explains why first release 1935 paper from this movie is incredibly scarce (and also, the 1934 lobby cards and smaller posters were on a flat finish, while the 1937 re-release ones were on a linen-like paper, which is the reverse of how it is for many other classic 1930s Warner Bros. titles).
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Condition: good. paper loss at each crossfold; separation at the ends of each foldline (approximately 12" of separation at the left end of the bottom foldline); pinholes in the corners; creases, smudges, and a few tiny tears around the edges of the poster; minor creases throughout the poster
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