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3a205 THIEF OF BAGDAD 1/2sh R47 John Justin, sexy June Duprez, art of Conrad Veidt on flying horse!

Date Sold 12/11/2008
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A 1947 Re-release Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Half-Sheet Movie Poster (1/2sh; measures 22" x 28") (Learn More)

The Thief of Bagdad, the classic 1940 Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell & Tim Whelan English Arabia Iraq romantic love triangle magic adventure fantasy thriller ("Thrill to the marvel picture of the year!"; "Three brave hearts... adventuring in a wonder world"; "Adventure of the masked men!"; "Adventure of the wonderful web!"; "Adventure of the all-seeing eye!"; "Never before such a screen thrill! ...two years to film, a fortune to produce... Alexander Korda's greatest achievement!"; "One thousand and one sights from the thousand of one nights...."; "Sir Alexander Korda's masterpiece of fantasy and adventure."; "Gigantic! The wonder picture of all time!"; "He fought the world to hold her loveliness within his daring arms!"; "The adventure of the masked magician!"; "The adventure of the all-seeing eye!"; "The adventure of the wonderful web!"; "In magic Technicolor!"; "produced in England and the U.S. by Alexander Korda with wondrous special effects by Lawrence W. Butler and Tom Howard, and great art direction by William Cameron Menzies") starring Conrad Veidt (memorable as Jaffar), Sabu Dastagir ("Sabu, famous star of screen hits 'Elephant Boy' and 'Drums' as the daring Thief of Baghdad... living, fighting, adventuring in a magic world!"; billed as "Sabu", as he was in all his movies; as Abu the thief, son of Abu the thief, grandson of Abu the thief, etc.!), June Duprez (as the princess), John Justin (as Ahmad), Rex Ingram (sensational as The Genie!), Mary Morris (as Halima, the animated statue!), Miles Malleson (as the Sultan of Basra), Morton Selten (as the old king), and Allan Jeayes (as the narrator). Note that this movie featured sensational "special effects" for its day, and had several wonderful sequences that looked like they required the building of massive sets, yet in most cases, matte paintings created the illusion of those massive sets!
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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 faint creases and scuffs scattered in the image and some smudges in the yellow background area. There were many creases and some faint smudges in the borders. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to paperbacking. The poster was nicely backed, but the paperbacker did not do any restoration to the defects in the blank borders, likely rightfully assuming they will not show when the poster is framed.
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