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3a063 BENSON MURDER CASE WC '30 great close up head-and-shoulders art of detective William Powell!

Date Sold 12/11/2008
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Window Card Movie Poster (WC; measures 14" x 22") (Learn More)

The Benson Murder Case, the 1930 Frank Tuttle detective mystery crime thriller ("The greatest of them all!"; based on the novel by S.S. Van Dine; in this entry in the Philo Vance detective series, the producers incorporated the stock market crash of 1929 into the plot, and the story focuses around a crooked stock broker who is murdered at a lodge, and all of the guests are suspects, because he has swindled many of them out of money, but Vance sorts things out!) starring William Powell (as Philo Vance), Natalie Moorhead, Eugene Pallette, Paul Lukas, William 'Stage' Boyd, and E.H. Calvert. Note that William Powell first played Philo Vance in 1929's "The Canary Murder Case" and after the character proved very popular, he followed it the next year with "The Greene Murder Case", after which Basil Rathbone took over the role that same year in "The Bishop Murder Case". After Powell played Vance again in "The Benson Murder Case" (which was also made in a Spanish language version with an entirely different case), he then played him one more time in "The Kennel Murder Case" in 1933, but the character also appeared in ten more movies between 1934 and 1947, with other actors in the lead roles.
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster has been paperbacked. What is paperbacking? This means the poster was backed onto a paper backing (acid-free), that is similar in feel to that of the original poster (except somewhat heavier). It is a similar process to linenbacking, except that most collectors use linenbacking for one-sheets and paperbacking for half-sheets, inserts, window cards, and lobby cards.

Condition: very good. The poster was never folded. It had some pinholes, creases, smudges, and a few tears around the edges, but the image area of the card was in generally nice condition prior to paperbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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