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3k419 MOON OVER MIAMI linen style B 1sh '41 full-length art of sexy Betty Grable holding beachball!

Date Sold 9/4/2012
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style B One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Moon Over Miami, the 1941 Walter Lang Florida Everglades romantic musical ("Adaptation by George Seaton and Lynn Starling from a play by Stephen Powys"; "Lyrics and Music by Leo Robin & Ralph Rainger"; about two Texas girls losing an inheritance because of taxes and they travel to Miami to find rich husbands) starring Don Ameche, Betty Grable, Robert Cummings (Bob Cummings), Charlotte Greenwood, Jack Haley, Carole Landis, Cobina Wright Jr., Fortunio Bonanova, and Jack Cole. Note that Alberto Vargas did the artwork for the cover of the pressbook and the 24-sheet only on this movie, and both bear his signature. The pressbook explains that Vargas was commissioned to paint this image. Nowhere does it state that he did any of the other art for the movie, even though one of the one-sheets and the insert are often described as being Vargas art. It is my opinion that they are NOT drawn by Vargas, and certainly the pressbook backs that up.
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Important Added Info: Note that the style A one-sheet (which has a "pinup" image of a sexy girl, which does not look much like Grable!) has often been incorrectly attributed to Alberto Vargas. Actually, he solely did the 24-sheet for this movie, and the artist for the style A one-sheet tried to do the art "in the Vargas style", which has caused this incorrect attribution. This style B has completely different artwork of Grable, which captures her wonderfully, and it is far more rare than the style A one-sheet!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had small paper loss at the top and bottom crossfolds and tiny paper loss at the middle crossfold. There were some extra creases, tiny tears, and tiny bits of paper loss on parts of the top and bottom horizontal folds, and someone had put tape on the back of those foldlines at one time. There was a lesser amount of wear on the other folds and pinholes in the corners. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was really expertly backed, and it displays great! Note that at some point after linenbacking, the poster was slightly roughly handled and there is now a 6" crease in the left and right ends of the top blank border (in both the excess linen and the poster). But this is solely in the blank border and has no effect on the wonderful image!
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