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3j0222 CAT PEOPLE linen 1sh 1942 Jacques Tourneur, best art of sexy Simone Simon, very rare!

Date Sold 2/18/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Cat People, the classic 1942 Jacques Tourneur human-feline romantic horror thriller ("She was one of the dreaded 'Cat People' -- doomed to slink and prowl and court by night... fearing always that a lover's kiss might change her into a snarling, clawing KILLER!"; "She was marked with the curse of those who slink and court and kill by night!"; "A kiss could change her into a monstrous fang-and-claw killer!"; "To kiss her meant death by her own fangs and claws!"; "Beautiful, warm, glamorous by day, she dared not love - for her kisses might change to snarls, her embraces to the death grips of the awful 'Cat People' who stalk and strike by night! ... THE STRANGEST STORY YOU EVER TRIED TO GET OUT OF YOUR DREAMS!"; "Written by DeWitt Bodeen"; produced by Val Lewton) starring Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, and Jack Holt. Note that when this movie was first announced by RKO Pictures in 1942, it was called "The Cat People" in the first trade ads, but it was released simply as "Cat People".
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Important Added Info: Note that any posters from the first release of this classic movie are extremely rare and expensive. Perhaps that was because there was a re-release which was made just ten years after the original, and probably whatever original 1942 paper was still around in 1952 was used up during that re-release, which would help explain why so little original 1942 movie paper still survives! We have only previously auctioned three examples of this one-sheet, and the last time was 15 years ago, when it sold for $5,555!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had small paper loss at the bottom crossfold, with tiny paper loss at the other two crossfolds. It had just a few tiny bits of paper loss on small parts of the folds. It had tiny pinholes around the edges. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well! This is a poster that is extremely hard to find in nice condition, and I feel certain that the new owner of this poster will be very happy with it!
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