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    Millie (RKO, 1931). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    Millie is exactly the kind of picture that kept members of the Motion Picture Production Code review board awake at night in the years before the Code grew teeth, with a story teeming with adultery, rape, divorce, abandonment, casual sex, and a murderer who gets away with it in the end. It tells the story of young Millie Blake (Helen Twelvetrees) who, at a young age, falls in love with and marries Jack Maitland (James Hall), a successful businessman who is also a philandering cad. When Millie discovers her husband in the arms of another woman, she takes their daughter and flees. Several years later, she finds her boyfriend Tommy (Robert Ames), with whom she is currently living sans the benefit of marriage, in another woman's apartment, leading to further bitterness and disappointment. Years pass, and a now-hardened Millie discovers that Jimmy (John Halliday), an old flame, is attempting to seduce her now-grown daughter (Anita Louise), and, catching them in flagrante delecto, Millie shoots him dead in a fit of rage. A subsequent jury trial acquits Millie when they find out that the molested girl was her daughter. A real beauty, Twelvetrees, the "electrifying sensation," left a career on the stage for a life in Hollywood in 1929, part of a group of new actors brought to the West Coast to replace established stars who would not, or could not, make the transition from silent pictures to sound. A popular star throughout the 1930s, her screen career was relatively short, extending only until 1939, after which she returned to live theater where her career had begun. Found dead in her apartment in 1958 at the age of 49, the victim of a prescription drug overdose, Helen Twelvetrees is remembered today as a smoldering beauty, a quality captured to perfection on this gorgeous and extremely rare, stone litho one sheet. The very scarce one sheet offered here, featuring Twelvetrees in all of her red-headed glory, displays very well after expert professional restoration to address chips and tears in the borders, and one small hole in each hand. This is a poster that any collector will be proud to own and display. From the Berwick Discovery. Fine+ on Linen.


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