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    The Vagabond Lover (RKO, 1929). Good on Linen. One Sheet (27.25" X 39.75"). From the Mike Kaplan Collection.
    Heritage is pleased to present this one sheet, the only known copy, for the first time. 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." Touchup has been applied to fold wear and separations, tearing in the interior, and chipping in addition to paper loss in Rudy Vallee's face. Most of the borders, Vallee's credit, artwork in the lower right, and the white in Vallee's face has had restoration applied. Some of the touchup applied is still visible, as well as a few creases and faint stains. The upper border appears to have been slightly trimmed.


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