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    The Vagabond Lover (RKO, 1929). Lobby Cards (2) (11" X 14"). The original "crooner," Rudy Vallee, was also one of the first true pop sensations of the 20th century. His suave, intimate performing style, made possible by the development of electric amplification technology, paved the way for such later stars as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, and Perry Como. Vallee was a sensation in live performances, recordings, and radio before appearing in his first film, 1929's The Vagabond Lover. In this fun picture, Vallee plays Rudy Bronson, leader of a college band, who inadvertently impersonates a well-known musician in order to impress a pretty young girl. The plot is undoubtedly thin, but it gives Vallee and his band, the Connecticut Yankees, plenty of opportunity to perform such popular tunes as "I'm Just a Vagabond Lover," "If You Were the Only Girl in the World and I was the Only Boy," and "I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now," in this early sound film. Offered here are two lovely scene cards. The card showing Vallee and pretty Sally Blane (the sister of Loretta Young) had minor edge wear and a corner bend in the bottom right, while the card showing Vallee, Blane, and the others had several tears on the left side. All of these minor issues have been addressed with professional restoration, making these exquisite cards that you'll be proud to own. Fine/Very Fine.

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