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Auction History Result

6w004 DINNER AT 8 1/2sh '34 Jean Harlow in one of the most classic all-star romantic comedies!

Date Sold 12/8/2011
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Half-Sheet Movie Poster (1/2sh; measures 22" x 28" [56 x 71 cm]) (Learn More)

Dinner at Eight, the classic 1933 George Cukor New York City high society romantic comedy ("Greatest entertainment ever offered by stage or screen"; "From the Sam H. Harris stage play by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber"; about a rich couple who throw a dinner for a group of very different New York society types, and young Jean Harlow steals the show as the trophy girlfriend of rich Wallace Beery) starring Marie Dressler, John Barrymore, Wallace Beery, Jean Harlow, Lee Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Edmund Lowe, Billie Burke, Madge Evans, Jean Hersholt, Karen Morley, and Phillips Holmes. Note that Phillips Holmes had made an impression in some movies in the late 1920s. In 1931, he would get the lead in the first version of "An American Tragedy", which made it seem like he would become a major star, but that didn't materialize. He had a major affair with Libby Holman, but that was certainly complicated, and when they broke up, she immediately married his brother! Oddly, years later, Holman would have another very complicated affair with Montgomery Clift, who played the same part in the remake of "An American Tragedy", re-titled "A Place in the Sun". Sadly, Holmes died in a plane crash in 1942. I am very surprised no one has made a movie about his life, or a joint movie about him and Libby Holman!
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster has been paperbacked. Note that because this poster was paperbacked onto a thicker paper backing, it CAN'T be sent rolled (someone could conceivably roll it or try to do so, but we think it would almost certainly damage it, so we will only send it in a large flat package, unless the buyer insists, and then they would be responsible for any damage).

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good. Prior to paperbacking, the poster had many smudges and stains scattered throughout (including in the stars' faces) and the blank borders were trimmed off. Overall, the poster was in fair to good condition prior to paperbacking. The poster was well backed by a talented professional, and they used chemical means to lighten the stains, and they replaced the borders. Then they painted over most of the solid colored areas including the credits and background, but they did NOT paint over the stars' images. So you can see the faint stains in the stars' faces and images when you look close up, but I agree with that decision, because if there was restoration over the stars' images, then the poster would have a heavily restored look, and the way it is, the poster displays well from any reasonable viewing distance. But please do not bid on this poster unless you can accept its defects and extensive restoration described above!
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