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Lot #: VHP7 033 DARK VICTORY linen one-sheet movie poster '39 Bette Davis close up!

Date Sold 7/11/2004
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Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 7

The image at right appears in the auction catalog we published as shown above and was sold long ago and we do NOT have it available for purchase.

An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 27" x 41") (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 this poster has the words "ACADEMY AWARD WINNER" in the middle left along with an image of an Oscar statuette. This does NOT mean that this is a re-release poster! 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!

Condition: very good. This poster was linenbacked, and the restorer did a good job, but you can see signs of the restoration from inches away (since most people look at posters framed on a wall from at least a few feet away, we don't feel this is a defect, but we feel it should be noted). See below for this poster's pre-restoration condition (we are the only major auction company we know of that shares this information with our bidders, but we wish everyone did!).

very good to fine. The poster had small paper loss at each crossfold. There were light diagonal creases on the left side of the middle foldline above and below the regular foldline. There was a diagonal crease in the top left corner extending into the edge of the red background. There was minor other fold wear and a few faint scuffs in the image. The borders had pinholes in the corners and a few tears and tiny areas of paper loss. Overall, the poster was in quite nice condition prior to linenbacking, and really looks great now!
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