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    Show Boat (Universal, 1929). One Sheet (27" X 41") Helen Morgan Style.
    The 1929 version of Show Boat was made as a silent film, but the studio panicked when they realized that because of the coming of sound, audiences might be expecting a talking picture version of the novel. So, several scenes were then reshot to include about thirty minutes of dialogue and singing. Because of the success of the stage musical, which was playing on Broadway at the same time that the film was being shot, a two-reel sound prologue, featuring several members of the stage cast singing five songs from the show, was also added, and the movie was released both as a part-talkie and as a silent film without the prologue. This special poster was produced to promote the sound prologue, and features Helen Morgan, who appeared in the stage version, but she doesn't actually appear in the main body of this film. A very rare poster example from the dawn of the cinema sound era. Prior to restoration, there was a small hole in the right side, a chip out of the left border, the top left corner was missing, tears in the top and bottom borders, and a small piece was torn on the bottom right corner. The excellent restoration has rendered these flaws nearly invisible. Very Good/Fine on Linen.


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