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Cool Item Of the Week: Hostages pressbook

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Added: 07/15/2019

As many of you know, I, Bruce Hershenson, owner of eMoviePoster.com, have collected pressbooks (and related movie paper like studio yearbooks) for over 30 years, and I have the world's foremost collection of such material. I thought I would share one item with you each week, the type of items you almost surely have never seen before, and which might not come up for sale for DECADES!

So below is the pressbook from Hostages, the 1943 Frank Tuttle World War II (WWII) military war-time Nazi Germany suspense thriller ("The Hun Is On The Run!"; "Right out of Hitler's cracking 'Fortress Europe'"; "The sensational best seller - NOW on the screen!"; "Read by millions as a book, Reader's Digest choice ... now it hits the screen with shattering impact!"; "From the Novel by Stefan Heym"; "Screen Play by Lester Cole and Frank Butler"; about a Nazi-occupied village in Czechoslovakia, where a Nazi officer commits suicide, and the Germans hold the villagers responsible, and they arrest 26 of them and hold them as hostages, and the movie has a tragic ending, which was intended to inspire audiences into being more patriotic) starring Luise Rainer (in her last Hollywood movie), Arturo de Cordova, William Bendix, Paul Lukas, Katina Paxinou, and Oscar Homolka.

Here is an image of the pressbook's covers and an interior two-page spread:

Each week I will showcase a different pressbook (or related item) from my collection (so in just 20,000 weeks or so, I will have shared the entire collection with you!). And remember to check out our previous Cool Items of the Week in our Cool Item of the Week archive (which is fully searchable!).


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