DescriptionSupernatural (Paramount, 1933). One Sheet (27.5" X 41").
A poster as stunning as it is scarce, this spectral portrait of Carole Lombard is the first of any paper Heritage has ever offered for this pre-Code ghost story. In fact, it is one of only three copies known to exist. After the rampant success of Universal's horror hits Frankenstein and Dracula, Paramount wanted to cash in on the newest box office craze and signed up the recently popular horror director, Victor Halperin. As Hollywood's first feature length zombie film, his undead production White Zombie had generated an abundant number of ticket sales, results that Paramount aimed to reproduce. Halperin immediately picked White Zombies' Madge Bellamy to be his next leading lady, but the studio pushed the starlet aside for a more unconventional casting choice. Instead, they insisted that one of the 1930s' reigning queens of comedy, Carole Lombard, should play the film's homicidal heiress. Lombard was not enthused. Considering herself as a comedienne first and foremost, she protested the casting at every turn, constantly clashing with the director and even threatening to sabotage the film. Despite all her bluster, the up and coming starlet stretched into the full breadth of her dramatic range to put forth an impressive performance, transforming from a bereaved sibling into a sultry spirit's puppet. The film also features another unusual casting choice, Western hero Randolph Scott, who trades in his cowboy duds for a dapper tux as Lombard's valiant fiancée. Possessing a mesmerizing illustration of the beautiful starlet, this poster's skillful stone litho printing positively glows with its rich lighting and sinister shadows. Exquisite on display, the one sheet has had professional restoration to address a few scattered pinholes in the borders and interior, some minor surface scuffs, and a couple of mild tears in the bottom border and background. There were two chips in the upper right and lower right corners, and a small hole in the right black background. There has been slight touchup to the folds, borders, and the "L" of "Supernatural." A very rare sight to see at auction, this one sheet hasn't been up for sale since 2001. Any classic collector or fan of cinema's darker side would be remiss to pass up such an immense opportunity. Very Fine- on Linen.
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