Auction Name: 2020 March 21 - 22 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
Lot Number: 86372
Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/7219-86372
The Hound of the Baskervilles (20th Century Fox, 1939). Very Fine- on Paper. One Sheet (27.5" X 41"). We are absolutely thrilled to present this rare and amazing stone litho one sheet for the definitive cinematic adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous novel. Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce's talented portrayals of the Great Detective and the ever-loyal Doctor Watson gripped theatergoers across the globe, making the inaugural chapter of the Sherlock Holmes series so overwhelmingly popular that 20th Century Fox pushed out an unplanned sequel, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, less than six months later. This film made Rathbone and Bruce the archetypal depictions of Doyle's beloved characters, now the iconic faces of Holmes and Watson embedded in the public's mind over eighty years later. A poster befitting such a dark and twisting story, Rathbone's shadowy silhouette dominates the background, perfectly tying together the image's ghastly hues and sharp highlights for a truly eerie effect. This magnificent poster is the same copy as shown in the book Reel Art, Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen (Abbeville Press, 1988) by Stephen Rebello and Richard Allen. Professional touchup has been applied to some areas of the folds, light creases, and a few small tears in the interior. Unaddressed wear includes slight edge wear, pinholes, small tears in the borders, and unobtrusive light staining in the upper border. The poster now displays beautifully.