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Auction History Result

2e159 GHOST SHIP linen 1sh '43 directed by Mark Robson, produced by Val Lewton, art of Richard Dix!

Date Sold 9/1/2013
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style A One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

The Ghost Ship, the 1943 Mark Robson high seas murder mystery horror thriller (produced by Val Lewton; "Story by Leo Mittler") starring Richard Dix, Russell Wade, Edith Barrett, Ben Bard, Edmund Glover, Skelton Knaggs (who played a mute but his character narrates the film with an internal voice-over monologue), and Lawrence Tierney (uncredited in his third movie role!). Note that shortly after its theatrical release, producer Val Lewton was sued for plagiarism. The court ruled against Lewton and The Ghost Ship was withdrawn from circulation, and was unavailable for viewing for the next 50 years.
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster has an NSS number of "49/398" in the lower right corner. Because there are few examples of posters where the original copyright was left, but the NSS number was updated when the movie was re-released, people long assumed that this poster had the same situation, and that it was a 1949 re-release. But because NO ONE has ever seen a "Ghost Ship" one-sheet with a 1943 NSS number, and therefore the consensus opinion of all experts is that the 1949 NSS number is a misprint! THEREFORE, THE POSTER WE ARE SELLING SEEMS TO SURELY BE AN ORIGINAL FIRST RELEASE 1943 GHOST SHIP, NOT a re-release. Please do not bid on this poster thinking it is a 1949 re-release, as longtime dealers and collectors believe it to be a 1943 first release one-sheet!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. The poster had tiny paper loss at the crossfolds and creases, a few tears, and fine surface paper loss on parts of some foldlines. There were some creases, smudges, and faint stains around the edges of the poster. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The restorer backed the poster "in the European style", meaning that they did little restoration to the defects described above (a talented restorer could touch them up without re-backing the poster).
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