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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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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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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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Published
1931
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$225.00

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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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Hell's Angels (Original program for the 1930 film)

by Howard Hughes (director); Harry Behn, Howard Estabrook, Joseph Moncure March (screenwriters); Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow (starring)

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Published
1930
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N.p.: Caddo Company, 1930. Vintage program for the premiere of the 1930 Pre-Code film, which was famously held as a gala event at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Howard Hughes' most expensive and ambitious production, a story about World War I combat pilots, today still a dazzling work of blockbuster action and actual aerial biplane footage. Originally conceived… Read more
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A Sample of Sound Film, circa 1928

by [Western Electric] [George Bernard Shaw]

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Published
1928
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New York: Western Electric Sound System, 1928. Vintage small two-color bi-fold housing an early sample of sound film, promoting Western Electric's Portable Sound System, circa 1928. Likely unique, as we have been unable to locate another example. The front features "A Sample of Sound Film" in bold red font, with illustration of a projector and a screen atop… Read more
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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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Published
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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[RKO] Radio Pictures 1933-1934 British Programme [Program] Annual

by [Film Studio Annuals]

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Published
1933
Edition
First Edition
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$675.00

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London: Radio Pictures Ltd, 1933. First Edition. First Edition, large quarto. Deluxe annual for RKO Radio Pictures "Radio's 1933-34 British Productions." An ambitiously designed Pre-Code RKO annual, with various paper stocks and finishes, horizontal and vertical spreads, two and three page fold-outs, pop-ups, a five-page receding circular die-cut around the RKO Radio Pictures logo, and four sanguine… Read more
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image 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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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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Archive of 19 original screenplays for comedy shorts starring Slim Summerville, 1930-1932

by Slim Summerville (starring); Harry J. Edwards, Stephen R. Robinson (directors); Francis J. Martin, James Mulhauser, Sidney Levee (screenwriters)

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Published
1932
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Universal City: Universal, 1932. Archive of 19 draft scripts for comedy shorts produced by Universal Pictures between 1930-1932 and starring Slim Summerville. Eight scripts with holograph pencil annotations throughout. An actor and director whose career spanned both the silent and sound eras, Summerville got his start in Mack Sennett's Keystone Kop shorts. Contemporary to the scripts in… Read more
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image 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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Published
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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The Bishop Murder Case (Original screenplay for the 1929 film)

by Burton, David, Nick Grinde (directors); S.S. Van Dine (novel); Lenore J. Coffee (screenwriter); Basil Rathbone, Leila Hyams, Roland Young (starring)

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Published
1929
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$975.00

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Culver City, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1929. Vault Copy Draft script for the 1929 film, stamped three times with "Vault Copy," and annotation of the name of uncredited crew member "Mr. Cohn" on front wrapper in holograph pencil. Based on the 1928 novel by S.S. Van Dine, the fourth of twelve Philo Vance mystery novels. The body of… Read more
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image of Original photograph of Edward G. Robinson and his wife, Gladys Lloyd, 1932

Original photograph of Edward G. Robinson and his wife, Gladys Lloyd, 1932

by Robinson, Edward G., Gladys Lloyd (subjects)

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Published
1932
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N.p.: N.p., 1932. Vintage borderless photograph of Edward G. Robinson speaking to Los Angeles radio station KFWB at the premiere of the 1932 film "It's Tough to Be Famous," with his wife Gladys Lloyd standing aside, at the Hollywood Theatre in Los Angeles, April 9, 1932. Mimeo snipe on verso. "It's Tough to Be Famous" was a… Read more
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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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Published
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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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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Published
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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One Heavenly Night [Lilli] (Original screenplay for the 1931 film)

by George Fitzmaurice (director); Sidney Howard (screenwriter); Evelyn Laye, John Boles, Leon Errol (starring)

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Published
1930
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Los Angeles: The Samuel Goldwyn Company, 1930. Draft script for the 1931 film, here under the working title "Lilli." Copy belonging to uncredited assistant director H. Bruce Humberstone, with his holograph pencil annotations throughout. Accompanying the script is a mechanically duplicated, folded "Day Out of Days" map with holograph ink annotations correlating actors, scenes, and days. A lowly… Read more
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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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Published
1929
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N.p.: N.p., 1929. Dialogue Draft script for the 1929 film. With holograph pencil annotations to 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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Come On Marines! (Original screenplay for the 1934 film)

by Henry Hathaway (director); Philip Wylie (story), Joel Sayre, Bryon Morgan (screenwriters); Richard Arlen, Ida Lupino, Roscoe Karns (starring)

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Published
1934
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N.p.: Paramount Pictures, 1934. Final draft script for the 1934 film, with two annotations in holograph pencil and Paramount "File Copy" stamp on front wrapper. Laid in are four blue revision pages, dated 1-20-34, "Changes in Scene A-28," with Paramount "File Copy" stamp and one annotation in holograph pencil on first page. US Marine Sergeant "Lucky" Davis (Richard… Read more
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King of the Jungle (Original screenplay for the 1933 film)

by H. Bruce Humberstone (director); Max Marcin (director, screenwriter); Charles Thurley Stoneham (novel); Philip Wylie, Fred Niblo Jr. (screenwriters); Buster Crabbe, Frances Dee, Sidney Toler (starring)

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Published
1932
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Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures, 1932. Revised Final script for the 1933 film, with one annotation in holograph pencil and Paramount "File Copy Return to Story Dept.," "Master File," and "File Copy" stamps on front wrapper. One annotation in holograph pencil to "CAST" page adding actor Buster Crabbe's name to lead character Kaspa. Script divided into sequences, as was customary… Read more
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Twenty Million Sweethearts [Hot Air] (Original screenplay for the 1934 film)

by Ray Enright (director); Warren Duff, Harry Sauber (screenwriters); Dick Powell, Ginger Rogers, Pat O'Brien (starring)

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Published
1933
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Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers, 1933. Final Draft script for the 1934 pre-Code film musical, here under the working title "Hot Air." Holograph annotations in pencil on front wrapper and throughout. Multiple leaves watermarked with the name of the mimeograph company "Waterfalls Mimeograph duplication." A pre-Code musical comedy following a singing waiter on his rise to fame as a… Read more
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Safety in Numbers (Original screenplay for the 1930 film)

by Victor Schertzinger (director); George Marion Jr., Percy Heath (screenwriters); Buddy Rogers, Kathryn Crawford, Josephine Dunn, Carole Lombard (starring)

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Published
1930
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Los Angeles: Paramount Pictures, 1930. Second Draft script for the 1930 pre-Code film. Cast list with holograph ink and pencil annotations tipped in, and distribution receipt signed by composer and lyricist George Marion Jr. laid in. A young man is set to inherit a large sum from his uncle on the caveat that he learn the ways of… Read more
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