Blackmail (Sono Art-World Wide Pictures, 1929). Good- on C...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionBlackmail (Sono Art-World Wide Pictures, 1929). Good- on Cardstock. Window Card (14" X 22").
Considered by most to be the first British talkie, this picture has taken on historic status not just for its part in the movieland technological revolution, but for the man who directed the affair. Soon to become one of the most celebrated auteurs of both Hollywood and Great Britain, Alfred Hitchcock took on his tenth project as a silent production, but was soon informed by the studio that they wished to cash in on the new talkie craze from across the pond. Originally only given permission for a silent feature with a few sound scenes, the ever-ambitious Hitchcock instead recorded the entire picture in sound, all the while producing a silent version for theaters not on the cutting edge of technology. His endeavor proved to be a critical and commercial success, especially as Hitchcock's first foray into spoken dialogue avoided the pitfalls of awkward pacing so common in early talkies. All these factors combined to create a legend in the annals of filmmaking. But, with poster collectors, the scarcity of material from this film's first release is even more legendary. Such is the case for this exceptionally rare window card, which has been so skillfully conserved that it shows practically no signs of any of its previous flaws. One of only a few pieces we have ever presented for the film, this card once had edge wear and moderate tears. Also addressed was paper loss along the right side of the card, extending into the second "A" of the title, orange background, and through the text in the upper right. Additionally, the card had paper loss at the top from the upper edge to just above "Scotland Yard," slightly below Anny Ondra's bangs, and above "Studios Elstree London." These issues have been completely repaired and are no longer visible due to excellent corrections, as well as airbrushing to the borders, background, and parts of the image.
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000.
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