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6w094 CHARMING SINNERS WC '29 art of Ruth Chatterton, Clive Brook & William Powell!

Date Sold 12/8/2011
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Unfolded Window Card Movie Poster (WC; measures 14" x 15 1/2" [36 x 39 cm]) (Learn More)

Charming Sinners, the 1929 Robert Milton romantic love triangle infidelity marriage melodrama ("The new idea in marriage?"; from the story by W. Somerset Maugham; about a woman who discovers her husband is cheating on her with her best friend, and she does not get angry, but takes up with HIS best friend, which causes her husband to rethink matters and return to her) starring Ruth Chatterton, Clive Brook, William Powell, Mary Nolan, and Laura Hope Crews. Note that Ruth Chatterton had been a major star on Broadway who was brought to Hollywood to make sound movies, and she was that rare actress who was a top billed star from her very first movie! Also note that, as usual in his early roles, William Powell played the best friend who betrays his friend. It would not be for a couple more years before Powell began playing the romantic lead in movies, but once he did, he became a major star!

Note that this movie was made at the time when all studios were transitioning from silent movies to sound, and because there were still a lot of theaters that had not yet purchased sound equipment and were still showing silent movies, Paramount had the idea of making their new productions in both "sound" and "silent" versions, and they issued one-sheets for each version (with a notation at the bottom for which version it was).
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Important Added Info: The window card originally had a blank top that was neatly trimmed off (this was commonly done with window cards, when the top had been left blank, or when someone had hand-scrawled play date information in that area). Most collectors do not consider it to be a significant defect at all, since only blank white paper is lost, and the window card becomes easier to frame. Also note that this window card was never folded. Often window cards would be folded across the middle, because that would make them 11" x 14", and they could then be sent with standard folded posters. Most collectors put an added value on a window card that has never been folded.

Condition: fair to good. There is light water staining scattered throughout the card. There are three small areas of paper loss in the top right, and someone taped a piece trimmed from the top of this window card to the back of that area, and then neatly recreated the missing three small areas. The card clearly has many defects, but it is also the only example of this card I have ever seen, and they are the sort of defects that respond really well to expert restoration. After proper backing by a talented restorer, it will likely turn out that most of the faint water staining can be removed through chemical means, which means that the poster will likely only need paint restoration in a few areas, but please do not bid on this poster unless you can accept its defects described above or are willing to pay to have them properly restored!
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