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3a066 BOLERO WC '34 fantastic art of George Raft in tuxedo with glamorous sexy Carole Lombard!

Date Sold 12/11/2008
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Window Card Movie Poster (WC; measures 14" x 22") (Learn More)

Bolero, the 1934 Wesley Ruggles romantic dancing musical ("His dancing partners were but stepping-stones to fame!"; "Based on an Original Story by Ruth Ridenour"; a wild story of a conceited male dancer who stops at nothing to become famous, firing a string of female partners along the way, but then he meets beautiful Lombard, who quits him, and he is devastated, but he opens his own nightclub, and convinces her to dance the Bolero with him, even though she has since married a British nobleman, but she doesn't know that he now has a heart condition, and doctors have told him that if he ever dances again, he will die, but he dances with her anyway, and makes it through the dance, but then dies in his dressing room!) starring George Raft, Carole Lombard, Sally Rand ("The Fan Dancer", who re-creates her famous fan dance in this movie!), William Frawley, Frances Drake, and Ray Milland. Note that it seems that Paramount wanted George Raft and Carole Lombard to be a dance team like Astaire and Rogers at RKO, and this picture WAS a big hit, and there was another dance movie with the same stars called "Rhumba", but there were no others, probably because both stars were too busy making movies of other types.
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster has been paperbacked. What is paperbacking? This means the poster was backed onto a paper backing (acid-free), that is similar in feel to that of the original poster (except somewhat heavier). It is a similar process to linenbacking, except that most collectors use linenbacking for one-sheets and paperbacking for half-sheets, inserts, window cards, and lobby cards.

Condition: good. The poster was never folded. The blank top of the card was trimmed off, as was the left 1 1/2" and the bottom 2". This affected the sleeve of Raft's coat, Raft's foot, and the part of the credits that read "THE FAN DANCER", as well as the very bottom of Lombard's dress. There was a 3" tear near the center of the top of the image that extended into Lombard's hair and the right side of her cheek. Overall, the poster was in fair to good condition prior to paperbacking. The missing areas were well re-created by looking at another example of the card. You can see signs of the restoration, but it is not very distracting, and I think this card will display well on any collector's wall!
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