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    The Philadelphia Story (MGM, 1940). Autographed One Sheet (27" X 41") Style C.
    Katharine Hepburn's career was in a shambles in the late 1930s. Reeling from a series of flops - including Sylvia Scarlett (1935), A Woman Rebels (1936), and Mary of Scotland (1936) - Hepburn was dubbed "box office poison," a view exacerbated by her outspoken attitudes regarding her fellow actresses and her unconventional lifestyle. Returning to the Broadway stage, Hepburn starred in The Philadelphia Story, in a role that had been written especially for her. The play was an enormous success, and, with the help of former lover Howard Hughes, Hepburn acquired the film rights and sold them to MGM. The resulting movie was one of that studio's biggest successes of 1940, instantly revitalizing Hepburn's career, and returning her to the heights of Hollywood stardom, a position she would retain for the rest of her life. This wonderful one sheet, picturing Hepburn, along with co-stars Cary Grant and James Stewart, has been signed "Cary Grant," "Jimmy Stewart," and "Joseph Mankiewicz," who was the film's producer. It had fold wear, crossfold separation, and a tear in the left border, but these flaws are not noticeable since there has been expert professional restoration. From the collection of Artie Kern, A/V man to Oscar winning songwriter Sammy Cahn for many years, who was also personal lyricist to Frank Sinatra for almost fifty years. Kern was also Memorabilia Consultant to the Songwriters Hall of Fame Museum in New York City and many of his items were on display there from 1980-1985, until its closing. Sammy Cahn helped Mr. Kern obtain the autographs as he was president of the hall for over 17 years and almost all of the signatures were from his personal friends. As many are aware, Cary Grant's signature was almost impossible to obtain unless you knew him or someone who knew him! Very Fine- on Linen.




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