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9g113 THIEF OF BAGDAD 1/2sh '24 incredible Anton Grot art of Douglas Fairbanks flying on pegasus!

Date Sold 6/9/2013
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Half-Sheet Movie Poster (1/2sh; measures 22" x 28" [56 x 71 cm]) (Learn More)

The Thief of Bagdad, the classic 1924 Raoul Walsh silent Arabian Nights romantic action adventure fantasy thriller (about a thief in ancient Arabia, who poses as a Prince to win the hand of a Princess, but when he does, he confesses to her, and he is flogged and thrown out; he enters a contest to win her hand, but he must go on an extremely dangerous journey to win it!) starring Douglas Fairbanks (in the title role as The Thief of Bagdad), Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Julanne Johnston (as The Princess), Sojin, Anna May Wong, and Noble Johnson (as The Indian Prince). Note that there is a 1940 movie of the same name which borrows elements of the plot of this movie, but is really not a remake (although both movies are really wonderful and are both "classics"!). Finally, note that Mitchell Leisen (well regarded director of 1930s and 1940s romantic comedies) did the wonderful costumes for this movie! He had started as a costume designer in 1921, and in 1922, he did the costumes for Fairbanks' Robin Hood, and after doing the costumes for this movie, he also became an art director, which led to his first directing assignment in 1933!
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Artist: Anton Grot
Important Added Info: Note that this poster has one of the most classic and recognizable movie poster images there is, the incredible Anton Grot artwork of Douglas Fairbanks riding on a flying horse over the city of Bagdad! Also note that this poster has been paperbacked.

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. Prior to paperbacking, the poster was folded once in each direction and there was a lighter second vertical fold 1/2" to the left of the regular one, and a lighter horizontal fold 1/2" above the regular one. There were creases and tiny bits of surface paper loss scattered down the regular vertical foldline and across the regular horizontal fold, with much less wear on the two additional folds. There were some tiny dot stains scattered in the background areas and some pinholes, creases, smudges, and small tears in the borders. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to paperbacking. The poster was pretty well backed, but you can see signs of the above defects and the restoration of the above defects, and the restorer painted over the blank borders to "even them out", and also did scattered paint restoration both on the foldlines and to the tiny stains scattered in the image. Also, at some point after the poster was backed, it was handled roughly, and there is now a light diagonal crease in the lower left corner of the poster and the paper backing, but it is entirely in the blank border area, and it is not very noticeable from any reasonable viewing distance.
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