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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (RKO, 1939). Title Lobby Card and Scene Card (11" X 14"). In a stunning and sensitive portrayal, Charles Laughton brings Victor Hugo's deformed bell-ringer, Quasimodo, to life for the first time in the sound era. Daringly different than the more monstrous character immortalized in 1923 by Lon Chaney, Laughton's Quasimodo is a tender, almost poetic creature who falls in love with the gypsy girl Esmeralda (Maureen O'Hara). When she is wrongly accused of murder and sentenced to the gallows, Quasimodo rescues her, at the cost of his own life. Laughton already had several substantial roles behind him when he agreed to star in this remake, including Dr. Moreau in "The Island of Lost Souls" (1932), Henry VIII in "The Private Life of Henry VIII" (1933), and Captain Bligh in "Mutiny on the Bounty" (1935). The result was a masterful performance that became one of the most memorable of Laughton's career. Offered here is a wonderful title card that shows pinholes in each of the corners (a tack hole with some residual rust displays in the lower left), light foxing on the lower border, a small chip out of the upper left corner, a slight scuff near O'Hara's face, and light tanning overall. Nevertheless, the eye appeal of this card is undeniable. The scene card, showing Quasimodo following his master, Chief Justice Frollo (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), is immaculate; a real beauty with no apparent defects. This is a wonderful opportunity to acquire two great cards from a classic film. Fine/Very Fine.

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    November, 2007
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