DescriptionA Connecticut Yankee (Fox, 1931). One Sheet (27" X 41").
By 1931, Will Rogers was one of the most famous - and most beloved - men in the entire world. Noted as a cowboy, a political commentator and satirist, a humorist, a vaudeville entertainer, and a motion picture actor, Rogers began his show business career as a trick roper in "Texas Jack's Wild West Circus," and quickly moved up the ladder of success, appearing in productions for William Hammerstein, and later - in 1915 - in Florenz Ziegfeld's Midnight Frolic. He made his first appearance on the silver screen in 1918, playing the title role in Laughing Bill Hyde, and, seeing a future in pictures, quickly relocated to a ranch in Santa Monica, where he formed his own production company. In order to capture his unique humor in silent films, Rogers actually wrote many of his own title cards. Although he scored major successes in silent pictures, it was when the medium of sound films took over that Rogers' career really took off. Now fully able to capitalize on the commentary and home-spun wit and wisdom that had endeared him to millions through his radio appearances and his syndicated newspaper columns, Rogers quickly shot to the top of Hollywood stardom in the early days of talking pictures, a spot that he would occupy until his sudden and unexpected death in an airplane accident in 1935.
Based on the well-known novel by Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee is one of Rogers' most memorable films. He plays Henry Morgan, a hapless radio repairman who is called to the laboratory of a scientist (William Farnum) who believes he can contact the court of King Arthur via radio waves. A convenient blow on the head later, and Morgan finds himself transported to Camelot, where he meets the Once and Future King (Farnum, in a dual role) and proceeds to bring the benefits of twentieth century technology to the British court. When he discovers that one of the courtiers, Emile le Poulet (Frank Albertson) is actually his distant ancestor, Morgan races against time to ensure that Emile is able to marry his sweetheart Alisande (Maureen O'Sullivan) and make sure that history takes its proper course. Also in the cast is a young Myrna Loy, who, like Rogers, was one of a relative handful of stars who made a successful transition from silent to sound films. In an interesting turn that predates The Wizard of Oz (1939) by several years, the characters in both the modern segment and in the Camelot portion are played by the same actors.
This wonderfully simple stone litho image of the star, wearing gold bling that says "The Boss," looking at the two young lovers, Albertson and O'Sullivan, has chips within and throughout the image. The border was trimmed 1/2" on the right and 1" on the bottom and airbrush work used through much of the white background. For such an enormously popular film, paper on A Connecticut Yankee has been exceptionally scarce, with only a window card, two half sheets, and a handful of black-and-white photos from the original American release having been offered in previous Heritage auctions. This, then, represents a rare opportunity to acquire this exquisite one sheet. If you miss out, don't count on traveling back in time for a second chance! From the Berwick Discovery. Good on Linen.
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