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4y0009 DARK VICTORY linen 3sh 1939 sexy portrait of Academy Award Winner Bette Davis, ultra rare!

Date Sold 7/7/2020
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Three-Sheet Movie Poster (3sh; measures 41" x 81" [104 x 206 cm]) (Learn More)

Dark Victory, the classic 1939 Edmund Goulding romantic love triangle medical doctor high society melodrama ("Twice Academy Award winner now brings to the screen her greatest role!"; "From the play by George Emerson Brewer, Jr. and Bertram Bloch"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; about a rich young socialite who spends her time with her prize horses, but when she discovers she has a brain tumor, she goes to a top surgeon who operates on her and removes the tumor, and they fall in love; she realizes the cancer is terminal, and she leaves him, but Humphrey Bogart is her horse trainer who gets her to tell him why she's been acting unruly, and she ends up returning to the doctor to marry him and live out her remaining days!) starring Bette Davis (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film), George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers, and Cora Witherspoon. Note that this was the last time Bette Davis would co-star with Humphrey Bogart, after having appeared together in a number of Warner Bros. movies between 1931 and 1937. The movie is rightfully considered one of the greatest melodrama "tearjerkers" of all time! Finally, note that most of the first release posters for this movie billed Bette Davis as "Academy Award Winner" (with an image of an Oscar statuette next to that). This does NOT mean that this is a re-release poster advertising that Miss Davis won the Academy Award for this movie (in fact, while she was nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, she did not win). Rather, it refers to the fact that Bette Davis had previously won an Academy Award (for "Jezebel") and the studio was proud of that fact and advertised it on the poster!
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Important Added Info: Note that we have never before auctioned this 1939 first release three-sheet, which has a wonderful full-length image of Bette Davis (and her name is just about as large as the title, showing what high esteem she was held in by Warner Bros. at this time)!

Note that this poster needs to be shipped in a tube that measures between 42" and 44" long. Therefore the shipping for this poster will be more than that for a poster that ships in a tube 32" or shorter, and possibly much more. Please bear this added shipping expense in mind before bidding on this poster. What IS linenbacking? Learn More

Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. The poster had small paper loss at some crossfolds and tiny paper loss at the other crossfolds. It had a diagonal crease or tear in the upper right background area. It had some tiny tears and tiny bits of paper loss on parts of some folds and pretty minor border wear. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. It was likely backed a number of years ago, with fairly light restoration (see our image), on a somewhat thinner linen. It can absolutely be displayed and enjoyed as it is, or one might choose to have it professionally re-backed. Either way, the new owner of this poster will have an incredibly rare and desirable poster to display on their wall!
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