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    Hoopla (Fox, 1933). Two Sheet (41" X 54"). 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 fast-talking barker Nifty (Preston Foster). Hoping to escape her tawdry existence, Lou makes a play for handsome young naif Chris (Richard Cromwell), 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 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. The poster has had some border restoration and other touchup work on the folds. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.

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