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    Open the Door Richard (All-American, 1945). One Sheet (28.5" X 41"). Here is one of the most elusive Black cinema featurette one sheets on record. It not only is a totally unique film poster in its own right, but it speaks a volume about Black entertainment history. The trail begins with an early vaudeville routine by Pigmeat Markham, which became a staple stage skit at the Apollo Theater by Dusty Fletcher, and culminates in 1947 with the release of no fewer than five Billboard Top Ten releases by different artists after legendary saxophonist Jack McVea wrote the music in 1946. Indeed, the title proved so popular that it became Count Basie's only #1 record. It even spawned a Yiddish version by Molly Picon! This rare poster is for a 12 minute short of just the skit itself, released in 1945 before the song versions, and stars Dusty Fletcher along with Stepin Fetchit as "Richard." The restoration is excellent and the original poster had only a small corner chip in the top right, a paper lift below the T, edge wear in the bottom border, and some mild stains in the right center border. Very Fine- on Linen.

    Estimate: $500 - $1,000.

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    July, 2008
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