DescriptionThe Good Bad Girl (Columbia, 1931). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style A.
Pretty Marcia Cameron (Mae Clarke) has a problem: in an attempt to put her sordid past as a gangster's moll behind her, she marries straight-laced and dependable Bob Henderson (James Hall). Everything is coming up roses until her previous beau, gangster "Dapper" Dan Tyler (Robert Ellis), makes a break from prison and re-enters her life. Convinced that Marcia is the rat who tipped off the cops about him, Tyler seeks revenge, leading to an emotional - and deadly - confrontation, complicated by the presence of Marcia's infant child!
With this film, Columbia tried to craft a gangster picture - the hot and emergent genre of the day - in a way that would connect with female audience members, hence the inclusion of such soap opera elements as the unwed mother, the "bad boy" former lover versus the "good boy" husband, and the attempt at what was known at the time as "regeneration," or the concept of the criminal - in this case Marcia - who seeks re-entrance into lawful society. The regeneration plotline was a common one in early cinema, as it played to the popular sentiment of social reformation, particularly of the working and lower classes, which swept the United States during the early days of cinema. Like The Public Enemy (1931), the inherent message here is that Marcia is really a good girl who just made some bad choices and was influenced by bad people, not that she herself is bad and deserving of condemnation. That her ultimate reformation is achieved without her death, unlike Powers', is one of the main differences between a "man's" picture like The Public Enemy and a "woman's" picture like The Good Bad Girl. The lovely - and exceptionally rare - Style A one sheet shows star Mae Clarke, perhaps best known for her roles in The Public Enemy (1931) and Frankenstein (1931), in the arms of her co-star, James Hall. A unique find, this is the first time Heritage has offered this highly attractive piece. Prior to expert professional restoration, the poster displayed small holes in the right and bottom border, and chips in Clarke's cheek and hair, Hall's coat, and in the title. These very minor flaws have been rendered virtually undetectable, making this a piece that any serious collector will covet. From the Berwick Discovery. Fine+ on Linen.
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