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Auction History Result

Lot #: #150 BIG PARADE style B 3sheet25 John Gilbert

Date Sold 12/16/2003
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Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 6

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.

Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style B Three-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 41" x 81") (Learn More)

The Big Parade, the classic 1925 King Vidor silent romantic World War I (WWI) American-soldiers-in-France military melodrama ("It's here! The film that you'll call the best you ever saw"; "story by Laurence Stallings"; "King Vidor's production of Lawrence Stallings' great motion picture story following his stage success with 'What Price Glory'"; about an all-American boy who enlists in the Army in World War I, and he and his friends have a great time until they are thrust into combat, and the movie shows the horrors of war in a way that had not been done before, and the boy returns home after losing a leg; there is also a romantic subplot with the American G.I. having a brief affair with a beautiful French girl) starring John Gilbert ("The Star"), Renee Adoree ("as Melisande"), Hobart Bosworth, Claire McDowell, Claire Adams, Robert Ober, Tom O'Brien, Karl Dane, and Rosita Martini. Note that MGM had no idea what they had when this movie was being made, but King Vidor was able to sell them on the potential of the movie, and convince them to spend a huge amount of money filming authentic battle scenes, and the movie was a major critical and financial success!
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Important Added Info: This three-sheet was printed in 2 sections that are now combined after linenbacking.

Condition: good. The poster is linenbacked; prior to restoration the poster had a large area of paper loss in the top right corner; fortunately most of what was missing was background area; the missing paper included part of the end of the "S" of "VIDOR'S" and the top of the "S" of "STALLINGS"; the loss goes straight down from the right of the "S" of "STALLINGS" to Gilbert's shoulder and then across to the right edge of the poster (basically, what was missing was the top right panel of the poster which measured 9" x 14", plus a little bit of the panel next to it at the top); the poster had tears and creases on most foldlines; the poster also had small paper loss in the vertical foldline in Gilbert's chin and hand, paper loss 12" beneath that in Gilbert's knee, and a few other small areas of paper loss in the top 2/3 of the poster; the bottom 1/3 of the poster had many tears and tiny areas of paper loss in the top 2" of the bottom portion (the area that includes the stars' feet; there was a large area of paper loss in the bottom right of the poster; it includes 12" of the right border and extends to the left irregularly cutting off the middle right of the letter "E" of "PARADE"; there were various other tiny areas of paper loss, small stains, and tears, but I have covered all of the important defects. Obviously, this poster had many defects. But the person who restored the poster did a really good job of recreating the missing areas, and I would think many people would merely think the poster was torn and pasted back together, rather than that the areas were recreated. But you can clearly see a lot of restoration throughout the poster. If I owned the poster, I would surely have it rebacked, for I know that it could look really wonderful! But I would think many people could display it as it is, as I don't see what is wrong with a nearly 80 year old poster showing signs of age! Please do not bid on this poster unless you can accept its defects or are willing to have them restored. Of course one would wish for a better condition example of this poster, but I know of NO other example !
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