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3p024 BEST FOOT FORWARD linen style C 1sh '43 Jacques Kapralik art of Lucille Ball & James, rare!

Date Sold 12/7/2014
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style C One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Best Foot Forward, the 1943 Edward Buzzell military prep school musical comedy ("Metro-Goldwyn Mayer's Honey of a Musical!"; "Technicolor and Terrific!"; "Book by John Cecil Holm"; "Music and lyrics by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane"; "Produced on the stage by George Abbott"; based on the hit Broadway musical, Lucille Ball is a movie star who visits a military prep school and is invited to be queen of the prom, but then complications ensue) starring Lucille Ball (billed as "Gorgeous Lucille Ball"), Harry James (billed as "Hot Harry James and His Music Makers"), William Gaxton, Virginia Weidler (in her final movie role before retiring at 16!), Tommy Dix, Nancy Walker, June Allyson (in her first movie role!), Kenny Bowers, Gloria DeHaven, Jack Jordan, Chill Wills, and Stanley Donen (uncredited in his first movie role as a cadet, years before he became a director!)
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Artist: Jacques Kapralik
Important Added Info: Note that this is the style C one-sheet, and that the artwork on this poster is by Jacques Kapralik (see below). We have previously had two examples of the style D one-sheet, which does not have Kapralik art, but we have NEVER had this style of one-sheet before! Jacques Kapralik was one of the two main caricature artists who worked for MGM from the 1930s to the 1950s (the other was of course Al Hirschfeld). His art was created in a most unusual way! He would create actual collages out of pieces of paper, and then they would be photographed (sometimes his collages were 3-dimensional!). His artwork is very distinctive and immediately recognizable. His caricature art promoted top MGM movies of the 1940s including: Silk Stockings, Designing Woman, Best Foot Forward, Presenting Lily Mars, and Two-Faced Woman, among many others!

Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. The poster had small paper loss at the crossfolds and some tiny bits of paper loss in parts of the vertical foldline, with a lesser amount of wear on the horizontal folds. It had some pinholes and tiny paper loss around the edges. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was pretty well backed, but you can see signs of the above defects and the restoration of the above defects. Note that the restorer who mounted the poster did not leave any excess linen around the edges of the poster.
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