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Auction History Result

#2059 ARSENIC & OLD LACE linen Aust daybill 1945 Cary Grant, Priscilla Lane, Frank Capra classic!

Date Sold 8/19/2003
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Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Australian Daybill Movie Poster (measures approximately 13" x 29") (Learn More)

Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace, the classic 1944 Frank Capra family relationship mental illness murder mystery black comedy ("From the stage play by Joseph Kesselring"; "Screen Play by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein"; about a man with two crazy brothers, and people start dying, and he assumes it is his brothers, but he quickly finds out his kindly aunts are actually the culprits!) starring Cary Grant (as Mortimer Brewster), Raymond Massey (awkwardly playing the role written for Boris Karloff, who played it on the stage; as Jonathan Brewster), Jack Carson, Peter Lorre (as Dr. Einstein), Priscilla Lane (as Elaine Harper), Edward Everett Horton (as Mr. Witherspoon), James Gleason, Josephine Hull (as Aunt Abby Brewster), Jean Adair (as Aunt Martha Brewster), and John Alexander (as Theodore Brewster, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt!). Note that this classic was actually filmed in 1941, but due to contractual agreements with the producers of the Broadway version (see below), it wasn't released to theaters until 1944 (though, interestingly enough, the film was still released to U.S. troops between 1941 and 1944!). The "contractual agreements" referred to above was with star Boris Karloff, who owned a portion of the Broadway version. He rightly assumed that releasing the movie version would hurt the box office of the Broadway version, so he wisely had written into the contract that the movie could not be released until the Broadway play stopped running (which usually lasted at most six months). But because this play was so incredibly popular, it ran on Broadway for three years, which meant the movie could not be released for those three years! Finally, note that during those three years, Warner Bros. had parted ways with star Priscilla Lane, so when the movie was finally released in 1944, they did not mention her at all on the U.S. advertising for the movie!
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster measures shorter than most Australian daybills (by 1"). It does not appear to have been trimmed, but it is possible that 1" was extremely carefully trimmed from the top blank border.

Condition: very good. Prior to linenbacking, the poster was in very good condition. The poster had many tiny tears and smudges around the edges and minor fold wear. Linenbacking has minimized the poster's minor defects, but they are still somewhat noticeable, although I do not think they are all that distracting.
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