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    Hoopla (Fox, 1933). Original Poster Art (22" X 27.5).
    Clara Bow, the saucy "It" girl of the silent screen, made her film farewell in this musical drama. The story takes place during the Chicago World's Fair of 1933. Bow plays Lou, a hootchy-kootchy dancer who is catapulted into stardom by a fast-talking barker. Hoping to escape her tawdry existence, Lou makes a play for a handsome young man, but by film's end she has bowed to the inevitable and returns to the sort of work she knows best. After this film, Bow retired to private life as the wife of cowboy star Rex Bell. Offered in this lot is the extremely rare original artwork done by artist Harold Seroy for the two sheet poster, printed only for distribution in the New York area and used for outdoor advertising. Heritage sold a copy of that poster for almost $5600 in 2008. Harold Seroy started at the art department of Warner Brothers in 1930 and 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 artwork is done in gouache and watercolor on illustration board. It has an older glue residue around the borders perhaps from a display mat put on it in an earlier time. There are two chips in the board at the top edge but in no way interferes with the artwork. It has been signed by the artist and dated 1931 - but we believe that was added much later. Fine+.


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