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m001 DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL half-sheet movie poster '51 classic!

Date Sold 11/1/2007
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Folded Half-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 22" x 28") (Learn More)

The Day the Earth Stood Still, the classic 1951 Robert Wise science fiction (sci-fi) alien-contact thriller ("From out of space.... a warning and an ultimatum!"; "Strange power from another planet menaces the Earth!"; from the story by Harry Bates; about a super intelligent alien visiting the Earth, and mankind mistrusts him without reason; he is able to "pass" as a human, and he visits the world's greatest scientist, and when he is injured and taken to a hospital, he is rescued by his robot Gort) starring Michael Rennie (as Klaatu), Patricia Neal, Hugh Marlowe, Sam Jaffe, Billy Gray, Frances Bavier, and Lock Martin (as Gort the Robot)
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Important Added Info: Unlike the one-sheet, three-sheet, insert, and lobby cards on this title, the half-sheet from "The Day the Earth Stood Still" is extremely rare (we at eMoviePoster have never sold this poster before, and we can only find two records of it EVER being sold, and both were restored examples, and they apparently sold for $7,500 and $8,000!). This particular poster has an unusual history! It was hanging in Jerry Ohlinger's movie memorabilia store in New York City in 1968, and our consignor, then a college student, wandered in and saw the poster on the wall and fell in love with it. But it cost $25, which at that time was a lot of money (especially to a poor college student!), and he agonized over buying it, knowing he might have to go without lunches for quite a while if he did buy it. But buy it he did, and it first hung in his dorm room, and after college, hung framed on his wall ever since, until right now, when he has consigned it to us!

Condition: good. The poster hung framed on a wall for the last almost 40 years! During that time, the reds in the poster faded to an orange color (we have seen "Wizard of Oz" posters and lobby cards with the exact same fading, and this is in fact typical of most older movie posters that fade; there is something about the red ink in particular that faded when exposed to light, whereas the other colors did not). The areas that were red (primarily the top and bottom rectangular boxes, and the girl's dress) are now a light orange, but the other areas are mostly the same color that they were when the poster was printed, except if there was some portion of red within them, those colors have changed somewhat (for example, the sky background had some slight red in it that made it a brownish color, but it is now a "bluish-green" color. The entire poster has darkened somewhat, but it is more noticeable in the blank borders than in the image. The poster was folded once in each direction. There is a piece of tape on the back of the crossfold. There was tape on the back of each corner (which held it to a mat), and that tape was mostly removed, so there is surface paper loss on the back of each corner, but it does not affect the front. There was 3" of separation at the bottom of the vertical foldline, which was once repaired with tape from the back, but the tape is gone. There is 2" of clear tape on the back of the left and right ends of the horizontal foldline. There are some faint brown stains and a few tiny darker brown stains around the edges of the poster. There are staple holes in the top corners. OBVIOUSLY, THIS POSTER HAS REAL DEFECTS, AS NOTED ABOVE! However, the orange color of the poster (which was once red) displays pretty well, and certainly, one might not even realize that the poster had not been printed that color unless they were told that it had been. There is virtually no little paper loss of any kind in the poster. As I see it, one could choose to do three things with this poster. One could leave it just as it is, and frame it! Another possibility would be to have it professionally paperbacked, and to have restoration done to the above minor border and fold defects, but to leave the colors as they are, and display it that way. The final way I see would be to have it professionally paperbacked, and have a restorer really expertly touch up the exact areas where the color has changed (this in itself could be done in one of two ways; either just touching up the top and bottom rectangles and the girl's dress, or going through the entire poster and trying to match every color exactly). Whichever of the three ways the new buyer goes in, they will end up with a wonderful and ultra rare poster that they can happily display on their wall! Please be sure to carefully read the above and to carefully study our super-sized image, BEFORE placing a bid on this poster!
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