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Lot #: 2102 42ND STREET lobby card '33 great close portrait of stars!

Date Sold 12/21/2004
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Appears in Warner Bros Movie Posters at Auction
Only $15.99

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. However, you can buy the auction catalog it appears in using the "Order" button above.

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

42nd Street, the classic 1933 Lloyd Bacon New York City Broadway theater stage acting romantic love triangle all-star musical ("14 stars 200 girls"; based on the novel by Bradford Ropes; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; with dances staged by Busby Berkeley) starring Dick Powell, Edward J. Nugent, Ginger Rogers, Warner Baxter, Bebe Daniels, George Brent, Ruby Keeler, Una Merkel, Guy Kibbee, Margaret La Marr, Donna Mae Roberts, Adele Lacy, Jayne Shaddack, George E. Stone, Ned Sparks, Ruth Eddings, Edna Callahan, Lynn Browning, and Toby Wing. Note that this movie, which may be the first sound movie to use the cliche of the star being injured and an untested newcomer gets her big break as a result, had some of the most risque advertising of any movie ever, with many images of girls wearing the skimpiest of costumes!
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Condition: good to very good. There was a large amount of tape or glue on the back of the card in the bottom left, extending diagonally across the lower left of the image including around half of Keeler's face. When the glue or tape was removed, a 2" x 6" area of SURFACE paper was removed from the back along with it. It has little effect on the front except that the paper feels quite thin in that area. The left 3" of the card was lightly water stained and it has discolored the front, but the stains are mostly only noticeable in the top left image background and in the left of the bottom border extending into Keeler's shirt (fortunately Keeler's face does not have any stains in it). There are areas of discoloration around the right half of the top border down the right border and back along the bottom border, meeting the water stain on the left. With all that this card has detracting from it, the actual image itself has little defects, and really looks pretty nice just as it is. Of course, a talented restorer could likely remove much of the discoloration through chemical means, after which the card would look even better, but please do not bid on this card unless you can accept its defects or are willing to pay to have them restored!
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