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cover of Queen Kelly (Collection of five original photographs from the 1932 silent film)

Queen Kelly (Collection of five original photographs from the 1932 silent film)

by Gloria Swanson (starring); Erich von Stroheim (director, screenwriter); Walter Byron, Seena Owen, Tully Marshall (starring)

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1932
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N.p.: N.p., 1932. Collection of five vintage photograms from the 1932 silent film. From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler. Although initial work on the film began in 1928, production was shut down after actress Gloria Swanson complained about the film's grim, sexually suggestive ending, wherein her character becomes the madam of a… Read more
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cover of Dynamite (Original photograph of Conrad Nagel and Kay Johnson from the 1929 pre-Code film)

Dynamite (Original photograph of Conrad Nagel and Kay Johnson from the 1929 pre-Code film)

by Cecil B. DeMille (director); Jeanie MacPherson, John Howard Lawson, Gladys Unger (screenwriters); Conrad Nagel, Kay Johnson (starring)

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1929
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Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1929. Vintage reference photograph of Conrad Nagel and Kay Johnson from the 1929 pre-Code film, showing actors Conrad Nagel and Kay Johnson. Mimeo snipe on the verso. A socialite marries a wrongly convicted murderer in order to fulfill the requirements of her grandparents' will, expecting him to be out of the picture… Read more
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cover of Dance Hall (Original photograph from the set of the 1929 pre-Code film)

Dance Hall (Original photograph from the set of the 1929 pre-Code film)

by Melville Brown (director); Jane Murfin, J. Walter Ruben (screenwriters); Arthur Lake, Olive Borden (starring)

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1929
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N.p.: N.p., 1929. Vintage reference photograph from the 1929 film, showing director Melville Brown and a camera crew setting up a shot in the titular dance hall. RKO's penultimate release of the 1920s, about a love triangle between a shipping clerk, an aviator, and a young taxi dancer. 10 x 8 inches. Near Fine. … Read more
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cover of Original portrait photograph of Rod La Rocque, circa 1930

Original portrait photograph of Rod La Rocque, circa 1930

by Rod La Rocque (subject)

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1930
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N.p.: N.p., 1930. Vintage portrait photograph of Rod La Rocque, circa 1930s, with La Rocque's inscription, "With best wishes / Always - / Sincerely / Rod La Rocque, " printed from the negative. Tall, handsome, and dapper, La Rocque was typically cast as the cavalier hero in the silent and early sound era. Between 1914 and 1941 La… Read more
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cover of Collection of 37 original silent film era portrait photographs, circa 1930

Collection of 37 original silent film era portrait photographs, circa 1930

by [Silent Film] [Photographs]

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1930
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N.p.: N.p., 1930. Collection of 37 vintage portrait photographs of actors of the silent film era, circa 1930, all but one with the actor's inscription printed from the negative, and eight with the Paramount Studios logo printed from the negative. Four with stamps on verso stating costs of larger sizes, "25¢ each for 8x10 ... $1.00 each for 11x14." … Read more
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cover of Hollywood Party (Original photograph from the 1934 film)

Hollywood Party (Original photograph from the 1934 film)

by Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Jimmy Durante (starring); Richard Boleslawski (director); Howard Dietz, Harry Rapf (screenwriters)

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Published
1934
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N.p.: N.p., 1934. Vintage reference photograph from the 1934 film, showing a chorus line of bathing beauties, reflected in the foreground. An actor known for starring in jungle films wants to work with real lions in his next movie, and decides to throw a big star-studded party to win over a wealthy European baron who keeps lions… Read more
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cover of What a Widow! (Original photograph of Gloria Swanson from the 1930 film)

What a Widow! (Original photograph of Gloria Swanson from the 1930 film)

by Gloria Swanson (starring); Allan Dwan (director); James Gleason, James Seymour (screenwriters); Owen Moore, Lew Cody, Margaret Livingston (starring)

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Published
1930
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Beverly Hills, CA: United Artists, 1930. Vintage studio still photograph from the 1930 film, showing a profile shot of actress Gloria Swanson, wearing a floor-length gown and sparkling jewelry. A young woman marries an elderly man who promptly dies, leaving her with five million dollars and a world to explore. The final film produced by Swanson's short-lived… Read more
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cover of Young as You Feel (Original photograph from the 1931 film)

Young as You Feel (Original photograph from the 1931 film)

by Frank Borzage (director); Edwin J. Burke (screenwriter); Will Rogers, Fifi D'Orsay, Lucien Littlefield (starring)

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1931
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N.p.: N.p., 1931. Vintage reference photograph from the 1931 pre-Code film, showing actors Will Rogers and Fifi D'Orsay. A French singer helps an older, serious-minded businessman loosen up, but his sons decide to intervene, afraid that she is taking advantage of his largesse. Set in Chicago. 8 x 10 inches. Near Fine. … Read more
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cover of The Broadway Melody (Original program for the 1929 film screening at the Empire Theatre)

The Broadway Melody (Original program for the 1929 film screening at the Empire Theatre)

by Harry Beaumont (director); Sarah Y. Mason, Norman Houston, James Gleason, Earl Baldwin (screenwriters); Anita Page, Bessie Love, Charles King, Jed Prouty (starring)

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1929
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London: The Empire Theatre, 1929. Vintage program for the 1929 film screening at the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, London, for the week beginning Saturday, May 18th, 1929, with a contemporary annotation of "May 1929" in holograph ink on top left of front wrapper. Two vaudeville sisters try to make it big on Broadway, but find romance comes quicker… Read more
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cover of Madam Satan (Original photograph from the 1930 film)

Madam Satan (Original photograph from the 1930 film)

by Cecil B. DeMille (director); Jeanie Macpherson (screenwriter); Kay Johnson, Reginald Denny, Lillian Roth, Roland Young (starring)

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Published
1930
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Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1930. Vintage reference photograph from the 1930 pre-Code musical film, showing actors Kay Johnson and Reginald Denny. With a mimeo snipe on the verso. Determined to trick her unfaithful husband, a demure young woman attends a masked ball in a revealing, vampish disguise in order to teach him a lesson. 8… Read more
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cover of Five Star Final (Original photograph from the 1931 film)

Five Star Final (Original photograph from the 1931 film)

by Boris Karloff Edward G. Robinson (starring); Mervyn LeRoy (director); Louis Weitzenkorn (play); Byron Morgan, Robert Lord (screenwriters); Marian Marsh (starring)

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1931
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N.p.: N.p., 1931. Vintage oversize reference photograph from the 1931 pre-Code film, showing actor Edward G. Robinson surrounded by newsroom staff. From the archive of film historian and author Joel Finler. Based on the 1930 play by Louis Weitzenkorn. The beleaguered managing editor of a flagging tabloid newspaper attempts to resurrect the publication's readership by reinvestigating… Read more
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cover of The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (Collection of 8 original photographs from the 1930 film)

The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case (Collection of 8 original photographs from the 1930 film)

by Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy (starring); James Parrott (director); H.M. Walker (screenwriter)

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1930
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Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1930. Collection of eight vintage reference photographs from the 1930 comedy short film. Notable as the first short by the duo where Hardy says to Laurel, "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" A parody of the 1927 silent film "The Cat and the Canary," with Stan and Ollie spending the… Read more
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cover of Street Angel (Original photograph from the set of the 1928 film)

Street Angel (Original photograph from the set of the 1928 film)

by Frank Borzage (director); Monckton Hoffe (play); Philip Klein, Henry Roberts Symonds (screenwriters); Janet Gaynor, Charles Farrell, Natalie Kingston (starring)

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Published
1928
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Los Angeles: Fox Film Corporation, 1928. Vintage keybook reference photograph of director Frank Borzage and actor Guido Trento on the set of the 1928 film. Based on the 1922 play "The Lady Cristilinda" by Monckton Hoffe. A poor young woman, desperate for money for her ill mother's medicine, resorts to prostitution and theft, is caught and convicted,… Read more
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cover of Mata Hari (Original screenplay for the 1931 film)

Mata Hari (Original screenplay for the 1931 film)

by George Fitzmaurice (director); Benjamiin Glazer, Leo Birinski (screenwriter); Greta Garbo, Ramon Novarro, Lionel Barrymore, Lewis Stone (starring)

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1931
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Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1931. Draft script for the 1931 film, with annotations in holograph pencil, primarily in later half of script, largely regarding dialogue, but also setting and shots. A largely fictionalized account of the life of Mata Hari, exotic dancer and courtesan, who was executed by France for espionage during World War I. A… Read more
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cover of Horse Feathers (Vintage sheet of Japanese transfer stickers to promote the 1932 film)

Horse Feathers (Vintage sheet of Japanese transfer stickers to promote the 1932 film)

by [Marx Bros.] [Brothers] Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Zeppo Marx (starring); Norman Z. McLeod (director); S. J. Perelman, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Will B. Johnstone, Arthur Sheekman (screenwriters)

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Published
1940
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N.p.: N.p., 1940. Vintage sheet of 35 Empress Brand collectible color transfer stickers, made in a philatelic style, featuring illustrations of six scenes from the 1932 pre-Code Marx Brothers comedy film. Noted on the top right corner as "Made in Japan." Very Good, lightly toned, with two rust marks and associated small tears from having been previously… Read more
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cover of Original portrait photograph of Erich von Stroheim, circa 1922

Original portrait photograph of Erich von Stroheim, circa 1922

by Erich von Stroheim (subject)

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1922
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N.p.: N.p., 1922. Vintage portrait photograph of Erich von Stroheim, circa 1922. Stroheim is remembered as one of the greatest directors of the silent era, demanding, with uncompromising vision, his films sweeping, sultry, costly melodramas. An unfortunate series of events, including falling outs with multiple studios, the advent of the Talkie, and the outbreak of World War… Read more
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cover of Search for Beauty (Original photograph from the 1934 film)

Search for Beauty (Original photograph from the 1934 film)

by Wing, Toby, Verna Hillie, Ida Lupino (starring); Erle C. Kenton (director); Claude Binyon, David Boehm, Frank Butler, Maurine Dallas Watkins, Sam Hellman (screenwriters); Buster Crabbe, Robert Armstrong, James Gleason (starring)

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1934
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Hollywood: Paramount Pictures, 1934. Vintage borderless reference photograph from the 1934 pre-Code film, showing actresses Toby Wing and Verna Hillie. With a mimeo snipe on the verso, along with a dealer label. Two lovers and Olympic athletes fall prey to con artists who want to use their images and good reputations to sell adult magazines. 7.5… Read more
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cover of Sin Takes a Holiday (Original photograph of Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, and Paul Stein on the set of the 1930 film)

Sin Takes a Holiday (Original photograph of Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, and Paul Stein on the set of the 1930 film)

by Paul L. Stein (director); Horace Jackson (screenwriter); Constance Bennett, Kenneth MacKenna, Basil Rathbone, Rita La Roy, Zasu Pitts (starring)

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1930
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N.p.: N.p., 1930. Vintage reference photograph from the set of the 1930 film, with actors Constance Bennett and Kenneth MacKenna standing together on the right, along with director Paul Stein, on location at a racetrack. With an agency stamp on the verso. A plain secretary works for a womanizing divorce lawyer who only dates married women. To avoid… Read more
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cover of Condemned (Original screenplay for the 1929 film)

Condemned (Original screenplay for the 1929 film)

by Wesley Ruggles (director); Sidney Howard (screenwriter); Ronald Colman, Ann Harding, Dudley Digges, Louis Wolheim (starring)

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1929
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Los Angeles: The Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1929. Final Continuity script for the 1929 film. Copy belonging to assistant director H. Bruce Humberstone, with his holograph pencil annotations on the front wrapper and several pages, mostly regarding sequencing for scenes. The film was released in silent and sound versions, and included with the script are ten sets of dialogue intended… Read more
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cover of Bulldog Drummond (Original screenplay for the 1929 film)

Bulldog Drummond (Original screenplay for the 1929 film)

by F. Richard Jones (director); Sidney Howard (screenwriter); Herman C. McNeile writing as Sapper (novel); Ronald Colman, Claud Allister, Lawrence Grant (starring)

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1929
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N.p.: N.p., 1929. Dialogue Draft script for the 1929 film. With holograph pencil annotations on the front wrapper and throughout. Based on H.C. McNeile's 1920 novel "Bulldog Drummond." A former army captain bored with civilian life aids a young woman whose uncle has been wrongly committed to a psychiatric institution. The third Bulldog Drummond film to be released,… Read more
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