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3x808 MILLION DOLLAR MERMAID photolobby '52 Victor Mature, Esther Williams as Annette Kellerman!

Date Sold 1/15/2017
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Movie Photolobby (11x14; LCs; measures 11" x 14" [28 x 36 cm]) (Learn More)

Million Dollar Mermaid, the 1952 Mervyn LeRoy fictionalized biography aquatic synchronized swimming musical extravaganza ("MGM's Miracle Technicolor Musical!"; "A musical miracle... Inspired by the true story of bathing beauties!") starring Esther Williams (champion swimmer who made a long series of aquatic swimming movies; as Annette Kellerman), Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon, David Brian, and Donna Corcoran. Note that this movie was a highly fictionalized biography of Annette Kellermann, who was a major celebrity of the early 1900s! Her nickname was "The Diving Venus", and she was arrested in Boston in 1907 for wearing a then-scandalous one-piece bathing suit! She continued to be controversial and she had a nude appearance in "A Daughter of the Gods", believed to be the first nude scene in a major movie. She was born with deformed legs, but overcame that through swimming, and made three attempts to swim the English Channel, none of which were successful. She appeared in a total of 13 movies between 1909 and 1924.
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Important Added Info: Note that on this classic movie, and on several other major releases of the 1950s, MGM issued two entirely different sets of lobby cards! One set was the kind that is regularly seen. The other kind was a "photolobby" set with glossier color scenes from the movie, most often entirely different from the other set, and sometimes the photolobbies were black and white photos that had been hand-colored prior to production. The photolobbies are at least as rare as the regular lobby cards! Note that in the 1930s and 1940s, MGM issued yet a third kind of color 11" x 14", called a "color glos" 11" x 14", but these were on a photo paper, whereas the 1950s photolobbies are on regular lobby card-like stock.

Condition: very good. Note that this lobby card is completely unrestored and there is not a single piece of tape on either the front or back!
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