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Lot #: 1508 ARSENIC & OLD LACE one-sheet movie poster '44 Cary Grant, Frank Capra

Date Sold 12/21/2004
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Appears in Warner Bros Movie Posters at Auction
Only $15.99

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An Original Vintage Theatrical Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 27" x 41") (Learn More)

Frank Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace, the classic 1944 Frank Capra family relationship mental illness murder mystery black comedy ("From the stage play by Joseph Kesselring"; "Screen Play by Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein"; about a man with two crazy brothers, and people start dying, and he assumes it is his brothers, but he quickly finds out his kindly aunts are actually the culprits!) starring Cary Grant (as Mortimer Brewster), Raymond Massey (awkwardly playing the role written for Boris Karloff, who played it on the stage; as Jonathan Brewster), Jack Carson, Priscilla Lane (as Elaine Harper), Peter Lorre (as Dr. Einstein), Edward Everett Horton (as Mr. Witherspoon), James Gleason, Josephine Hull (as Aunt Abby Brewster), Jean Adair (as Aunt Martha Brewster), and John Alexander (as Theodore Brewster, who thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt!). Note that this classic was actually filmed in 1941, but due to contractual agreements with the producers of the Broadway version (see below), it wasn't released to theaters until 1944 (though, interestingly enough, the film was still released to U.S. troops between 1941 and 1944!). The "contractual agreements" referred to above was with star Boris Karloff, who owned a portion of the Broadway version. He rightly assumed that releasing the movie version would hurt the box office of the Broadway version, so he wisely had written into the contract that the movie could not be released until the Broadway play stopped running (which usually lasted at most six months). But because this play was so incredibly popular, it ran on Broadway for three years, which meant the movie could not be released for those three years! Finally, note that during those three years, Warner Bros. had parted ways with star Priscilla Lane, so when the movie was finally released in 1944, they barely mentioned her on the U.S. advertising for the movie (she is given small third billing on the one-sheet, behind Jack Carson, and she is not billed at all on several other posters)!
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Condition: very good. the poster had tiny holes at each crossfold; someone put tape across the back of each horizontal foldline and also tape at the top and bottom of the vertical fold (it appears the purpose of all this tape was preservation rather than repair); many pinholes, small tears, and a few tiny areas of paper loss around the edges of the poster; extra creases along the bottom two foldlines. The poster is in better condition than the above makes it sound! Its defects are primarily in the blank borders and on the back, and after a simple linenbacking by a talented professional, the poster would look wonderful and it would have little paint anywhere on the poster!
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