Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Life is Real (Universal, 1934). One Sheet (27.5" X 41"). Also known as Kentucky Minstrels.
    Although the title on this poster is for Life Is Real, this was the US release title for the British film Kentucky Minstrels. The film was made in 1934 and was the first British film to star African-American's. And although the films star is listed as Nina Mae McKinney (she had a musical number at the end of the film), the real stars were Harry Scott and Eddie Whaley. The team of Scott and Whaley had immigrated to England in 1909 and had quickly ascended in popularity throughout Europe. Producer Harry S. Pepper produced their radio show The Kentucky Minstrels from 1934 to 1950, and then came to them with this film project. McKinney had made a cinematic splash in 1929 in King Vidor's Hallelujah! but had little screen success afterwards. She was a huge star in Europe, billed as The Black Garbo and thus, was a natural for the final number in The Kentucky Minstrels. Since this poster features McKinney's credit over Scott & Whaley's and since Universal's distribution of the film is not mentioned, we can only assume that this is a reissue of the film from sometime in the late 1930s to the 1940s. The poster is somewhat brittle and shows some minor fold separations, chipping to the center-points and the right border is showing many small tears and some ruffling. This is an extremely rare poster that is not mentioned in A Separate Cinema. Fine+.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    November, 2012
    29th-30th Thursday-Friday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 690

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 8 days left to consign to the 2019 July 27 - 28 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Grey is a true asset to Heritage Auctions and Heritage Auctions are a true asset to the Movie Poster Hobby.
    Jim G.,
    Ray, MI
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Auction #161904 spotlights

    Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977) Folded, Very Fine. International Three Sheet

    Frankenstein (Mondo, 2018). Rolled, Near Mint. Hand Numbered Limited Edition Screen Print Poster

    You Only Live Twice (United Artists, 1967) Rolled, Fine+. Insert

    Deep Throat (Aquarius Releasing, 1972) Folded, Very Fine+. One Sheet

    Some Like It Hot (United Artists, 1959) Fine/Very Fine on Linen. One Sheet

    White Heat (Warner Brothers, 1949) Folded, Very Fine. One Sheet

    Ziegfeld Follies (MGM, 1945) Folded, Very Good+. One Sheet

    Viva Las Vegas (MGM, 1964) Folded, Very Fine-. One Sheet Style A

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 March 23 - 24 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 March 23 - 24 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,026,954
    Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
    Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
    REALIZED $65,610.20