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Auction History Result

Lot #: v275 MARIHUANA ('35) LC '35 Dwain Esper, dancing teens!

Date Sold 12/17/2005
Sold For: Login or Register to see sold price.
Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 9
CATALOG SOLD OUT

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 Vintage Theatrical Movie Lobby Card (measures 11" x 14") (Learn More)

Marihuana, the 1935 Dwain Esper marijuana marihuana pot weed drug crime thriller ("Daring Drug Expose!"; "Horror Shame Despair!"; "Today's headlines.... Tomorrow's despair....!"; "What happens at marihuana parties?"; "Lust crime sorrow despair shame hate"; "Not recommended for children"; "Smoke that gets in youth's eyes!"; "Misery"; "Weird orgies, wild parties, unleashed passions!"; "America's Crime Creator!"; "A puff of smoke changed their lives!"; "The weed with roots in Hell!", "The sweet pill...that makes life bitter!"; "The most daring picture ever made!") starring Harley Wood, Gloria Browne, Pat Carlyle, Juanita Crosland, Dorothy Dehn, Paul Ellis, Richard Erskine, Hugh McArthur and Hal Taggart. At the time this movie was meant to be a "daring drug expose", but it is now laughable and a camp classic, and posters from the first release of the movie in 1935 (and the roadshow releases that followed it in the late 1930s and early 1940s) are both rare and extremely desired by collectors.
Important Added Info: Note that someone took a really cool ad out of either a herald or a pressbook, and glued it over the border art at the left of the card. Some people might consider this a real detraction, but given how cool the ad is (and the fact that it can be removed by a professional or a talented amateur), I think it adds to the card! But each person has to make their own decision on this. Note that this is one of three lobby cards from "Marihuana" we are selling on eBay as separate items. One of the cards does NOT have a paper snipe similar to this, and the other DOES have a paper snipe, but it is not the same as the one on this card! Also note that many exhibitors took low-budget 1930s and 1940s exploitation movies around the country in the 1930s and 1940s, exhibiting them in small towns with lurid ad campaigns, usually to packed houses! Often, the lobby cards from these roadshow releases consisted of a stock lobby card with an inset area that was 8" x 10", and the producers would glue eight different 8x10s on to eight stock lobby cards, thus inexpensively creating an 8 card set.

Condition: good to very good. There is tape over three of the four blank borders, and the tape has yellowed. The paper snipe that is glued over the border art is partly detached, and I am sure a professional or talented amateur could remove it from the card without backing the card. There is surface paper loss down the left border of the card (it looks like there once was tape there that was removed, and there is a 1" tear in the top right corner. The inset still has faint scuffs, but they truly are only noticeable when the card is tilted to the light.
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