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    Honor Among Lovers (Paramount, 1931). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    Fredric March and Claudette Colbert, both at relatively early points in their respective careers, star in this exciting pre-Code drama about a successful stockbroker, Jerry Stafford (March), who falls in love with his secretary, Julia Traynor (Colbert), and invites her to go on a cruise with him. She turns him down, and in order to keep him from asking again, impulsively marries Philip Craig (Monroe Owsley), a young securities broker, which leads to a series of complications including embezzlement, jealousy, and lovesick rage. Co-starring Charles Ruggles and Ginger Rogers, Honor Among Lovers was directed by Dorothy Arzner, notable as one of the only - if not the only - female directors in Hollywood throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Her Hollywood career began with a gig as a stenographer for Paramount, but she quickly rose to become a script writer, a film editor, and finally, a director. Best known for her association with actress Clara Bow, Arzner is credited with developing the boom mike when she rigged a microphone on a fishing pole to enable Bow, notoriously intimidated by sound technology, to move freely on the set. In 1936, she became the first female member of the Director's Guild of America. By the early 1940s, however, she gave up feature films, preferring to focus on television commercials and Army training films. Later, she made a name for herself in live theater, and joined the faculty of the UCLA film school, where she taught screenwriting and directing until her death in 1979. She is remembered today as a pioneering woman in an otherwise exclusively male industry, one whose talent and persistence opened doors for every female director to come, from Ida Lupino to Katherine Bigelow and many more. This stone litho beauty has been professionally restored to address pinholes in the top section, small tears in the credits, and a hole above "Paramount." In addition, one inch from the top border and one half inch from the left border were trimmed, but have been replaced. The result is a wonderful poster that appears virtually like new, just waiting to take an honored place in your collection. From the Berwick Discovery. Fine+ on Linen.

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