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1z335 VALLEY OF THE GIANTS linen 1sh 1919 Wallace Reid made this when he became a drug addict, rare!

Date Sold 12/5/2019
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 28 1/2" x 42" [72 x 107 cm]) (Learn More)

The Valley of the Giants, the 1919 James Cruze silent Northern California logging lumberjack romantic melodrama ("Down in the marvelous redwood country where giants of forest and a manhood are bred, fights red-blooded men, loves a virile woman and honors a precious memory. See it!"; based on the book "by Peter B. Kyne"; about a son of a lumberjack who owns a major logging area nicknamed "The Valley of the Giants"; the wife and mother of the men is buried there, and they swear to never sell the land, but they fall on dire times, and a competitor wants to buy the land, and the son of the lumberjack manages to not only expose the competitor as a crook and save the land, but he also marries the competitor's daughter!) starring Wallace Reid, Grace Darmond, William Brunton, Charles Ogle and Ralph Lewis. Note that Wallace Reid was a top star in the early 1910s, and he met Dorothy Davenport, who was a young starlet who had also made movies in the early 1910s, and they then made many movies together, marrying in 1913. In 1917, she had their son, and she made few movies after that. In 1919, Wallace Reid was making this very movie, and he was injured during a train scene, and was given morphine to enable him to finish filming. He became a major drug addict, and made 24 movies over the next 3 years, but died in 1923 at the age of 31, and it is unclear exactly how large a part drugs and alcohol played in his death, but certainly this was one of the first great Hollywood drug scandals. The following year, Davenport produced "Human Wreckage", an expose of Hollywood and drugs, billed as "Mrs. Wallace Reid", and the next year, she made "The Red Kimono", and she made a total of six movies after "Human Wreckage", always billed the same way. In 1934, she retired and she died in 1977 at the age of 82.
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Important Added Info: Note that we have never before auctioned this style of first release one-sheet, which has a completely different profile image of Wallace Reid! We previously auctioned a different style 11 years ago, and that poster sold for $1,600! Also note that this one-sheet measures 28 1/2" x 42" [72 x 107 cm].

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had tiny paper loss at the bottom crossfold and some separation and tiny bits of paper loss on the bottom horizontal fold, with much lesser wear on the other folds. It had pinholes and some small stains around the edges. Overall, the poster was in very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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