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    Cock of the Air (United Artists, 1932). Fine/Very Fine on Linen. One Sheet (27" X 42"). From the Mike Kaplan Collection.
    Chester Morris and Billie Dove star in this romantic comedy about a vain French actress who is "set up" with a charming aviation officer in Italy. Dove's character sets out to ensnare and deny the debonair officer and what ensues between the frustrated fellow and the alluring femme is the crux of the film. This lovely stone litho one sheet is a first time offer from Heritage and is gorgeous in its rendering. This is the official United Artists release which differs from the "Hap" Hadley one sheet, the style which Heritage has sold before, and was a Howard Hughes released poster. With many of the young millionaire's films he printed his own posters as is evidenced by the printer of that poster, M.R. Litho of New York and distributed, at least initially, by himself. This official studio release, of which we have never seen offered before was produced by H.C. Miner Litho. Evidence survives that the Hays office compiled a list of suggestions for Hughes to bring the film into conformity with the censorship code. But Hughes had already shipped a positive print of the film, no doubt with his own poster, to every state in the union before even securing an MPPDA approval from the Hays office. Hays learned from the preview that Hughes had ignored all of his suggestions concerning conforming to the code! The professionally conserved poster shows some slight paper loss in the lower left and right border as well as a couple of chips in the upper right border and left border. There were two small rubber stamp imprints in the upper portion of the poster on the verso but do not bleed through. There were pinholes and fold wear, all of which have been addressed as the poster displays beautifully.


    Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000.

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