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Auction History Result

Lot #: #197 FLYING DOWN TO RIO linen 1st Belgian release movie poster '36!

Date Sold 12/18/2004
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Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 8

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 1936 Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Belgian Movie Poster (measures 24 1/2" x 33") (Learn More)

Flying Down to Rio, the classic 1933 Thornton Freeland South America Rio De Janeiro Brazil airplane aviation pilot romantic love triangle musical ("Musical Romance Staged in the Clouds..."; "Too big for the world... So they staged it in the clouds... Too beautiful for words... So they set it to music!"; "Come, take a joy ride through the sky!") starring Dolores Del Rio, Gene Raymond, Paul Roulien, Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, and Blanche Friderici. Note that this was the first of the ten movies Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers made together, which explains why they were fourth and fifth billed, and not pictured on any poster art!
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Important Added Info: Note that this pre-war Belgian poster contains images of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, while none of the first release U.S. posters did. This is obviously because they were unknown at the time of the first U.S. release in 1933, and so were not considered worthy of being included on the posters, but by the time of this Belgian release in 1936, they had become major stars (in just three short years!). We can exactly date this Belgian poster to 1936 because of the theater imprint at top left, which gives the date. Also note that this Belgian poster measures 24 1/2" x 33" and is linenbacked.

Condition: very good to fine. This poster was linenbacked, and it had very minor defects, and was well backed. Read below for a description of those defects, and about the quality of the restoration (if I found anything worth commenting on!). You should also look at our "super-sized" image of the actual poster (we are the only major auction company we know of that gives accurate detailed pre-restoration information about linenbacked posters to our bidders, but we wish everyone did!).

the poster had extremely tiny paper loss at the middle crossfold, small paper loss at the center of the bottom blank border, and very slight wear on the foldlines and around the edges of the poster. Note that the poster was mounted on a very thin linen, and so it has picked up a few minor creases down the right side of the poster that are in both the poster and the linen (they are not very noticeable or distracting). The person who linenbacked the poster did not leave any excess linen around the edges. It would be easy for a talented restorer to re-back this poster on to a better weight linen, leaving some excess around the edges. But with or without re-backing, this is a great poster with few defects!
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