Monday, November 30, 2015

Play It As It Lays (1972) - (Tuesday Weld) US one-sheet

Play It As It Lays (1972) - (Tuesday Weld) US one-sheet

This is a 27" x 41" US one-sheet poster by an unknown designer for the 1972 Frank Perry film Play it as it Lays based on the 1970 Joan Didion novel, screenplay by Joan Didion and starring Tuesday Weld as Maria Wyeth-Lang. Plot summary: At the age of 28 Maria Wyeth is a successful actress who has been institutionalized because of chronic depression. She has separated from her husband and begun spending time with her close friend B.Z. Mendenhall [Anthony Perkins], who is gay. Her daughter Kate [Jennifer Lesko] has brain damage and is being kept at an institution. Maria has taken to having affairs and using drugs.

Cast and crew: Tuesday Weld, Anthony Perkins, Frank Perry, Adam Roarke, Joan Didion, Dominick Dunne, Joan Didion, Tammy Grimes, Adam Roarke, Ruth Ford, Eddie Firestone, Diana Ewing, Paul Lambert, Norman Foster, Chuck McCann, Severn Darden, Tony Young, Richard Anderson, Elizabeth Claman, Mitzi Hoag



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Planet of the Dinosaurs (1977) - (James Whitworth) Spanish one-sheet

Planet of the Dinosaurs (1978) - (James Whitworth) Spanish one-sheet

This is a 27.5" x 39" Spanish one-sheet poster designed by Ken Hoff for the 1977 James K. Shea film Planet of the Dinosaurs based on a story by James Aupperle, screenplay by Ralph Lucas and starring James Whitworth as Jim. This film is most notable for the quality of its stop motion dinosaurs, which is where most of its small budget went. Plot summary: Somewhere in the unspecified future, the spaceship Odyssey is forced to crash land on a planet far from earth, with similar atmospheric conditions. The members of the crew hope they will be found and rescued, but while they are waiting they discover the planet is inhabited by dinosaurs very much like the ones that inhabited Earth in prehistoric times.

Cast and crew: James Whitworth, Ralph Lucas, Ken Hoff, Jim Aupperle, Pamela Bottaro, Harvey Shain, Charlotte Speer, Chuck Pennington, Mary Appleseth, Michael Thayer, Louie Lawless, Derna Wylde, Michael Lee



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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) - (dir: Alan Parker) US one-sheet

Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) - (Pink Floyd) US one-sheet

This is a US one-sheet poster derived from one of the animated sequences in the 1982 Alan Parker Film Pink Floyd The Wall, screenplay by Roger Waters and starring Bob Geldof as Pink. This is a psychedelic horror musical rich in symbolic imagery with songs, animation by Gerald Scarfe and minimal dialogue. Plot summary: Pink is a rock star who has gotten into a depressed and detached state. His father was killed in the fighting at the Anzio Bridgehead during his infancy; Pink has always longed for a father and has a bad relationship with an overprotective mother. As a rock performer he has bad relationships with women and fantasizes himself as a neo-Nazi. The titular wall is a metaphorical device Pink has built around himself; it represents the wall of alienation between Pink Floyd and their fans.

Cast and crew: Alan Parker, Gerald Scarfe, Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Bob Geldof, David Gilmour, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson, Eleanor David, Kevin McKeon, Bob Hoskins, David Bingham, Jenny Wright, Alex McAvoy, Ellis Dale, James Hazeldine, Ray Mort, Margery Mason, Robert Bridges, Michael Ensign



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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Phenomenon (1996) - (John Travolta) US one-sheet

Phenomenon (1996) - (John Travolta) US one-sheet

This is a 27" x 40" US one-sheet poster for the 1996 John Turteltaub film Phenomenon written by Gerald Di Pego and starring John Travolta as George Malley. Plot summary: On his birthday at the age of 37 George Malley, the owner of an auto repair shop in a small California town, undergoes a psychic transformation and takes on impressive new powers due to an unexplained celestial visitation. He develops telekinetic abilities, the ability to speak Spanish, speed read, play chess like a master and predict earthquakes. Cast and crew: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, John Turteltaub, Gerald Di Pego, Jeffrey DeMunn, Richard Kiley, David Gallagher, Ashley Buccille, Tony Genaro, Sean O'Bryan, Michael Milhoan, Troy Evans, Bruce A. Young, Vyto Ruginis, Brent Spiner



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Peter Pan (R1970s) - (Disney Animation) Swedish one-sheet

Peter Pan (R1970s) - (Bobby Driscoll) Swedish one-sheet

This is a 27" x 41" Swedish one-sheet poster designed by Farg for a 1970s rerelease of the 1953 Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson and Hamilton Luske film Peter Pan based on the 1904 play by Sir James Matthew Barrie, and starring Bobby Driscoll as the voice of Peter Pan. Plot summary: Peter Pan takes Wendy Darling [Kathryn Beaumont] and her brothers on a magical pixie-dust-enabled flight to Never Land, where they find themselves in the middle of a fight between Peter's gang of runaways and the evil pirate, Captain Hook [Hans Conried].

Cast and crew: Walt Disney, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske, Wilfred Jackson, James Matthew Barrie, Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conreid



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Friday, November 27, 2015

Pete 'n' Tillie (1972) - (Matthau, Burnett) US one-sheet

Pete 'n' Tillie (1972) - (Walter Matthau, Carol Burnett) US one-sheet

This is a 27" x 41" US one-sheet poster for the 1972 Martin Ritt film Pete 'n'Tillie based on the 1968 Peter De Vries novella Witch's Milk, screenplay by Julius J. Epstein and starring Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett as Pete 'n' Tillie. Plot summary: The film tells the story of the courtship and marriage of Pete and Tillie, which takes a tragic turn when their son Robbie [Lee Montgomery] is stricken with a fatal illness. "I've made quite a study of true feelings," said Pete. "Most of them deserve to be hidden." "How have we stayed married for 11 years?" said Tillie. "Because I'd rather not discuss things with you than with any woman in the world," said Pete. After Robbie dies they decide to separate.

Cast and crew: Walter Matthaw, Carol Burnett, Geraldine Page, Barry Nelson, Rene Auberjonois, Lee H. Montgomery, Norman Fell, Julius J. Epstein, Peter De Vries, Henry Jones, Kent Smith, Philip Bourneuf, Whit Bissell, Timothy Blake



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Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Perfect Weapon (1991) - (Jeff Speakman) US one-sheet

The Perfect Weapon (1991) - (Jeff Speakman) US one-sheet

This is a 27" x 40" US one-sheet poster for the 1991 Mark DiSalle film The Perfect Weapon written by David C. Wilson and starring Jeff Speakman as Jeff Sanders. This is the only prominent Hollywood film depicting the techniques of Japanese Kenpo Karate. Plot summary: As a problem child, Jeff Sanders is enrolled by his father in a Kenpo school to help him manage his anger. When he seriously injures a bully who has attacked his younger brother, his father kicks him out of the house. He later embarks on a mission to avenge the death of his former mentor Kim [Mako].

Cast and crew: Jeff Speakman, Mark DiSalle, James Hong, Mariska Hargitay, Chris Tashima, Dante Basco, Beau Starr, Seth Sakai, Maku, David C. Wilson



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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Island of the Fishmen (1979) - (Barbara Bach) Lebanese poster

Island of the Fishmen (1979) - (Barbara Bach) Lebanese one-sheet

This is a 27.5" x 39" Lebanese one-sheet poster by an unknown designer for the 1979 Sergio Martino film Island of the Fishmen AKA Screamers AKA Something Waits in the Dark AKA Island of Mutations AKA Volcano Island based on a story by Cesare Frugoni and Luciano Martino from the 1931 H.P. Lovecraft novella The Shadow over Innsmouth with screenplay by Sergio Donati, Cesare Frugoni and Sergio Martino and starring Barbara Bach as Amanda Marvin. Plot summary: In the late 19th Century Edmond Rackham [Richard Johnson] has discovered the lost city of Atlantis at a depth of 2000 feet in the waters surrounding a remote Caribbean island. He manipulates Professor Ernest Marvin [Joseph Cotten], a biologist, into doing laboratory modifications on ordinary people to transform them into grotesque fishmen; Marvin controls these fishmen to help Rackham plunder the lost city's treasures. The enterprise is discovered in May 1891 by Lieutenant Claude de Ross [Claudio Cassinelli], a French military physician, when he and a small group of convicts are washed onto the island after surviving a shipwreck. De Ross collaborates with Rackham's captive Amanda Marvin, the daughter of Ernest Marvin, in an escape attempt.

Cast and crew: Barbara Bach, Claudio Cassinelli, Richard Johnson, Joseph Cotten, Sergio Martino, Sergio Donati, Cesare Frugoni, Luciano Martino, Beryl Cunningham, Franco Iavarone, Roberto Posse, Giuseppe Castellano, Franco Mazzieri, Jim Alquist, Enice Bolt, Tom J. Delaney, Mel Ferrer, Cameron Mitchell



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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Persona (1966) - (dir: Ingmar Bergman) Belgian poster

Persona (1966) - (dir: Ingmar Bergman) Belgian poster

This is a 14" x 22" Belgian hand litho poster for the 1966 Ingmar Bergman film Persona written by Ingmar Bergman and starring Bibi Andersson as Alma. Plot summary: Alma is a young nurse who has the job of caring for Elisabet Volger [Liv Ullmann], a prominent stage actress. Elizabet has stopped speaking for unexplained reasons. The hospital administrator [Margaretha Krook] allows Anna to nurse Elisabet at her own seaside cottage. The two become closely involved in an interaction that starts looking like a merging of personalities as the faces of the two women are often shown overlapping.

Cast and crew: Ingmar Bergman, Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Margaretha Krook, Gunnar Bjornstrand



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Monday, November 23, 2015

Wild Strawberries (1957) - (dir: Ingmar Bergman) Belgian poster

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Wild Strawberries (1957) - (dir: Ingmar Bergman) Belgian poster

This is an original 14" x 20.5" Belgian hand litho poster for the 1957 Ingmar Bergman film Wild Strawberries AKA Smultronstallet written by Ingmar Bergman and starring Victor Sjostrom as Professor Isak Borg. Plot summary: During a road trip from Stockholm to Lund in his 1937 black Packard limousine, 78-year-old Dr. Isak Borg does an introspective review of his troubled past as it passes before him in vivid dreams. He travels with his pregnant daughter-in-law Marianne [Ingrid Thulin], the wife of his only son Evald [Gunnar Bjornstrand], who objects to her pregnancy. The two also meet hitchhikers who cause Borg to have more visions of his troubled past, deeply marred by the way others have seen him and his cold and selfish personality. By the time Borg reaches Lund and receives the award for which the trip has been made, he gets closure and is finally at peace with himself.

Cast and crew: Ingmar Bergman, Victor Sjostrom, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Bjornstrand, Jullan Kindahl, Folke Sundquist, Bjorn Bjelfvenstam, Naima Wifstrand, Gunnel Brostrom, Gunnar Brostrom, Gunnar Sjoberg, Max von Sydow, Ann-Marie, Wiman, Gertrud Fridh, Ake Fridell, Sif Ruud, Yngve Nordwall, Per Sjostrand, Gio Petre, Gunnel Lindblom, Maud Hansson, Eva Noree, Goran Lundquist, Per Skogsberg, Lena Bergman, Monica Ehrling



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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Pardon Us (1931) - (Laurel & Hardy) Indian ad hoc stock poster

Pardon Us (1931) - (Laurel & Hardy) Indian ad hoc stock poster

This is a 30" x 40" undated Indian ad hoc stock poster for the 1931 James Parrott film Pardon Us with dialogue by H.M. Walker and starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy as themselves. Plot summary: Laurel and Hardy are put in prison for bootlegging; after making a brief escape they are caught again. At no time during the film do they appear in the garments they are shown wearing on this poster, but never mind! This film was a parody of the 1930 George W. Hill film The Big House. The image on the poster is taken from a 1946 rerelease lobby card for the 1940 Gordon Douglas film Saps at Sea:

Cast and crew: James Parrott, H.M. Walker, Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, June Marlowe, Wilfred Lucas, James Finlayson, Walter Long, Tiny Sandford

Thanks to Ed Poole for help with terminology!



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Friday, November 20, 2015

Othello (1955) - (Sergei Bondarchuk) Soviet Export Film Egyptian Lobby card

Othello (1955) - (Sergei Bodarchuk) Egyptian soviet Export film lobby card

This is a 12" x 15.5" handmade Egyptian lobby card for the 1955 Sergei Yutkevich film Othello based on the play by William Shakespeare and starring Sergei Bondarchuk, performing in blackface as Othello.

Cast and crew: Sergei Yutkevich, William Shakespeare, Sergei Bondarchuk, Irina Skobtseva, Andrei Popov, Vladimir Soshalsky, Yevgeni Vesnik, Antonina Maksimova, Mikhail Troyanovsky, Yevgeni Teterin



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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Warriors Two (1978) - (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo) Hong Kong poster

Warriors Two (1978) - (Sammo Hung Kam-Bo) Hong Kong film poster

This is a 19.5" x 27.5" Hong Kong poster for the 1978 Sammo Kam-Bo Hung film Warriors Two with screenplay by On Szeto and starring the Korean actor Casanova Wong as the cashier Chan Wan-shun. This film is a classic early example of films depicting the use of the Wing Chun school of Kung Fu, which originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with the Red Boat Opera Troupe. Plot summary: A lowly cashier discovers a plot to murder the mayor of his small town. The film consists mostly of wonkish talk about technique, training exercises to demonstrate and a few scattered fight scenes to move the plot along.

Cast and crew: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, ON Szeto, Casanova Wong, Billy Chan, Liang Chia-Jen, Ka Sa Fa, Fat Chung, Hark-On Fung, Lung Chan, Ching Ying Lam, Hoi Sang Lee, Ka-Yan Leung, Chia Yung Liu, Dean Shek, Eric Tsang, Cheng-Wu Yang, Biao Yuen



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Monday, November 16, 2015

Poster Hack

When Godfrey Ho made his 1984 Phoenix the Ninja film (on the right) he found the right kind of female warrior art on the poster for Avi Nesher's 1982 film She (on the left).

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Red Sun (1971) - (Charles Bronson) Egyptian one-sheet

Red Sun (1971) - (Charles Bronson) Egyptian one-sheet Poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian one-sheet poster designed by Moaty for the 1971 Terence Young film Red Sun based on a story by Laird Koenig and starring Charles Bronson as Link Stuart. The film was shot in Spain. Plot summary: In a train robbery in 1870 the outlaw Link Stuart discovers that the Japanese ambassador is riding the train, carrying a ceremonial sword as a gift for President Ulysses S. Grant. Gauche [Alain Delon], one of the members of Link's gang, steals the sword and he and the gang leave Link for dead after trying to kill him. The surviving Japanese rescue Link and tell him to help the ambassador's bodyguard Kuroda [Toshiro Mifune] find Gauche and kill him. As they travel together looking for Gauche, Link learns to respect Kuroda and eventually puts his respect for Kuroda's bushido code ahead of his own needs when he has a chance to get money from Gauche.

Cast and crew: Terence Young, Laird Koenig, Denne Bart Petticlerc, Charles Bronson, Ursula Andress, Toshiro Mifune, Alain Delon, Capucine, Guido Lollobrigida, Barta Barri, Anthony Dawson, Gianni Medici, Georges Lycan, Luc Merenda, Tetsu Nakamura, Jo Nieto, Julio Pena, Monica Randall



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Ninja Thunderbolt (R1986) - (Richard Harrison) Egyptian one-sheet

Ninja Thunderbolt (1984) - (Richard Harrison) Egyptian one-sheet Poster

This is a 27" x 39" Egyptian one-sheet poster designed by Moaty for a 1986 rerelease of the 1984 Ming Chin and Godfrey Ho film Ninja Thunderbolt AKA zhi zun shen tou written by Ming Chin and Godfrey Ho and starring Richard Harrison as Ninja Master Richard Lohman. Godfrey Ho is known as the Ed Wood of Hong Kong and Ninja Thunderbolt is his most successful effort. Plot summary: A member of the Ninja Empire named Richard Lohman decides to leave because he's fed up with the group's corrupt leadership. He enlists Hong Kong's Detective Inspector Wang [Harry Wong] to track down the empire's leader and put an end to his crime spree. The plot is disjointed and hard to follow, but the plot is not the point. This film relies on outrageous fight sequences and stunts to please viewers. It consists partly of reused action footage from a Taiwan film with the English title To Catch a Thief and includes a very funny scene with ninjas on roller skates chasing Inspector Wang driving a tiny three-wheeled car. Although Jackie Chan has top billing on this Egyptian poster, he has no character role and only gets about 10 seconds of screen time in the film. Like many other Arabic translations for the titles of foreign films on Egyptian posters, the Arabic title on this poster fetat al-ninja al-motewahesha [فتاة النينجا المتوحشة The Savage Ninja Girl] has more to do with local marketing than with the content of the film.

Cast and crew: Ming Chin, Godfrey Ho, Jackie Chan, Richard Harrison, Don Wong, Yasuaki Kurata, Kulada Yasuaki, Barbara Yuen, Wang Tao, Randy To, Anna Jewis, Sidney Pang, Tracey Yeh, Mohammad Abel, John Ladalski, Mohammad Abel, Richard Cheng, Steve Kwan, Tao Chang, Hsiu-li Chen



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Thursday, November 12, 2015

She (1982) - (Sandahl Bergman) Egyptian one-sheet

She (R1984) - (Sandahl Bergman) Egyptian one-sheet Poster

This is an Egyptian 27" x 39" one-sheet poster designed by Moaty for a 1984 rerelease of the 1982 Avi Nesher film She based very loosely on the 1886 novel by H. Rider Haggard with screenplay by Avi Nesher and starring Sandahl Bergman as She. Plot summary: She, revered as a goddess, is leader of a post-apocalyptic Amazon road-warrior group making its way with violence and war in a technologically reverted world. After capturing him during an attack on her camp, She decides to help a man named Tom [David Goss] rescue his sister Hari [Elena Wiedermann], who has been taken by a marauding tribe called the Norks. During their quest to find the abductors they encounter a frightening variety of ridiculous monsters and vicious mutants, all of whom they are able to vanquish handily using well-honed skills with swords, axes and clubs.

Cast and crew: David Goss, Quin Kessler, Gordon Mitchell, Elena Wiedermann, Laurie Sherman, Harrison Muller Jr., Avi Nesher, H. Rider Haggard, Andrew McLeay, Cyrus Elias, David Brandon, Susan Adler, Gregory Snegoff, Mary D'Antin, Mario Pedone, Donald Hodson



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