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    The Private Life of Henry VIII (United Artists, 1933). Two Sheet (40" X 55").
    A highly regarded stage actor in his native country of England, it wasn't until he appeared in The Old Dark House (1932) that Charles Laughton became known to American audiences. Several other impressive roles, including that of Dr. Moreau in Island of Lost Souls (1932) followed, but it was this picture, for which Laughton won a Best Actor Academy Award, that made him a true superstar. Also appearing in the cast is Elsa Lanchester, Laughton's real-life spouse, as the delightful Anne of Cleves. Offered here is an extremely rare two sheet poster, printed only for distribution in the New York area and used for outdoor advertising. As far as we know, this is the only surviving example of this rare poster size for this film, it having been saved by the original artist and passed down to his family. The artwork was done by Harold Seroy, who started at the art department of Warner Brothers in 1930, but went on to work for all the major studios until retiring in 1960. Although fairly unknown today, he designed the posters for such films as The Barefoot Contessa with Ava Gardner and Gilda with Rita Hayworth. This stunning poster, which is mounted on board, has tack holes in the borders and in the center, edge wear, scuffing in the top right corner, a stain in the bottom right corner, and a top left corner chip, but is remarkably presentable, a beautiful, rare and unique memento from this fabulous film. Fine-.


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