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3a191 SIGN OF THE CROSS style B 1/2sh R44 Cecil B. DeMille, Fredric March, c/u of sexy Elissa Landi!

Date Sold 12/11/2008
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A 1944 Re-release Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Style B Half-Sheet Movie Poster (1/2sh; measures 22" x 28") (Learn More)

Cecil B. DeMille's The Sign of the Cross, the classic 1932 Cecil B. DeMille early Christians-vs-Romans religious romantic love triangle action adventure epic ("A picture which will proudly lead all the entertainments the world has ever seen"; "Superb road-show dramatic spectacle"; "The First Big Spectacle of Talking Pictures"; "From the play by Wilson Barrett") starring Fredric March (as Marcus Superbus), Elissa Landi, Claudette Colbert (as Empress Poppaea), Charles Laughton (as Emperor Nero), Ian Keith, Tommy Conlon, Vivian Tobin, and a "Cast of Thousands"
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Important Added Info: Note that Paramount re-released this movie in 1944. In order to make it more relevant to World War II (WWII) audiences, DeMille shot a new "prologue" that took place aboard a fighter plane, where the men on board get into a conversation about religious tolerance, and then one launches into a story of the early Christians and their persecution, and then the 1932 movie is shown, as if in a flashback! Curiously, the movie ends without an epilogue, and the entire "prologue" feels very pasted on and superfluous. The advertising for the 1944 version looks very similar to that of the 1932 version, but the words "Modernized Production" are added. Also note that this poster has been paperbacked. What is paperbacking? This means the poster was backed onto a paper backing (acid-free), that is similar in feel to that of the original poster (except somewhat heavier). It is a similar process to linenbacking, except that most collectors use linenbacking for one-sheets and paperbacking for half-sheets, inserts, window cards, and lobby cards.

Condition: very good. The poster was never folded. It had some faint creases and scuffs scattered through the image and some creases, faint smudges, and tiny tears in the borders. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to paperbacking. The poster was nicely backed, but the paperbacker did not do any restoration to the defects in the blank borders, likely rightfully assuming they will not show when the poster is framed.
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