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    Hallelujah! (MGM, 1929). Lobby Cards (2) (11" X 14").
    MGM considered this 1929, all-black picture such an immense risk that it asked director King Vidor to forego his salary. One of the first of its kind by a major studio, Hallelujah! follows Daniel L. Haynes and his complex relationship with the seductive, troubled, dance hall girl Nina Mae McKinney. Vidor's determination to depict a non-stereotypical view of African-American life earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Director. The expected controversy surrounded the initial release of the film, and the picture had its share of early talkie technical difficulties, masterfully overcome by Vidor. Heritage is proud to present for the first time in our Signature Auction series these two scene cards. One features Haynes being restrained by McKinney from beating up gambler "Hot Shot" (William Fountaine), after Haynes has been cheated out of his family's money by the con man. The second card features a closeup of McKinney and Haynes after she has been baptized. The title card and three other scene cards are also making a highly anticipated appearance in this sale. Professional restoration corrected signs of handling, with touchup to pinholes, chips and tears in the borders, and tears in the right border that extends into the artwork. Fans of groundbreaking filmmaking won't want to miss a very rare opportunity to own these cards! Good.


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