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h3. "Moguls And Movie Stars" Miscellany

 

_One-Sheet Poster and Two Lobby Cards for films by Oscar Micheaux_

 

An important figure in the early days of the movies, Oscar Micheaux was the first black director to produce a feature length film ("The Homesteader" in 1919), and the first black director to release a feature-length sound film ("The Exile", 1931). A leading independent cinema pioneer, he specialized in films with all-black casts, and labored to combat racism and promote high values and high achievements to black audiences through his movies. His film, "Within Our Gates" (1920) was made as a specific response to D. W. Griffith's "The Birth of a Nation" (1915), a movie that was seen as largely racist due to its positive depiction of the Ku Klux Klan. Micheaux produced more than 40 films between 1919 and 1948 in a variety of genres, and is seen today as a vital force in the development of motion pictures.

 

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""Swing" featured some absolutely great jazz and swing numbers in a terrific time capsule of 1938. Don't mind the standard showbiz plotline, just wait for Consuela Harris to start dancing and watch Gypsy Rose Lee and Ann Miller both turn green with envy. Micheaux was smart enough to put the hot jazz dancing group on his poster, and the importance of this, is that it's one of the only true Black entertainment photographic representations that appeared nationwide in the 1930s.

 

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Based on the infamous Leo Frank case of 1915 (Frank was an American Jew living in Georgia, convicted of **** and murdering a young girl, although subsequent evidence cast doubt on his guilt. After his sentence was commuted to life, he was kidnapped from prison and lynched), this film, directed by Oscar Micheaux, tells the story of Henry Glory (Clarence Brooks), a night watchmen who finds a dead girl in a chemical warehouse and is himself accused of the crime.

 

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(1935)

 

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_One-Sheet Posters from Various African-American Film Production Companies (1930s)_

 

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(1939)

"Blessed with a velvet voice, Herb Jeffries was an original member of The Great Duke Ellington Orchestra with whom he made several hit records. But Jeffries was not content to be just another jazz singer, and in the 1930s, he set his sights on movies. White audiences had embraced singing cowboys such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, but black movie goers were hungry for a hero in a white hat that they could call their own. With the look of a champion and a solid singing background, Jeffries (who was often credited as Herbert Jeffrey) was a perfect fit and a legend was born."

 

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(1938)

"Nina Mae McKinney was known in Europe as the Black Garbo. Her beauty and talent got her cast in the MGM/ King Vidor musical, "Hallelujah", released in 1929. She signed a five year contract with MGM and was cast in only two films one of which she never appeared in but supplied the signing voice for Jean Harlow. However her starring role in Hallelujah gave Nina Mae McKinney the opportunity to appear in a number of all-Black cast films, including "Sanders of the River", "Dark Waters" and this, considered one of her best. It is a depression era story about an undercover police woman who poses as a nightclub entertainer to catch the main man behind the racketeers going on around Harlem."

 

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(1939)

"In the late thirties and throughout the forties, Al Sack, a Dallas-based film distributor, provided "ethnic films"for many theaters in the Southwest through his company, Sack Amusement Enterprises. This is a rare "separate cinema" poster distributed by Sack, for an ethnic film starring Harlem favorite, Ethel Moses. Moses was often billed as "the Black Jean Harlow," and this poster features her as an aspiring model. Moses appeared in four Oscar Micheaux films and danced for Cab Calloway in "Hi-De-Ho."

 

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(1937)

"Herb Jeffries stars in what is perhaps his finest Western, and one that would successfully attempt to break down the racial barriers of early Hollywood. The 6'2" actor and singer co-stars here with comedian Mantan Moreland. Jeffries knew African-American youths needed a hero, and this film would be the first of four from the talented auteur featuring all-black casts."

 

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_Original Artwork and Rare One-Sheet Poster for "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (1937)_

 

 

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"The coming of Walt Disney's first feature-length animated film resulted in this wonderfully detailed movie poster illustration by the great children's book artist, Gustaf Tenggren. In 1936 Tenggren was hired by The Walt Disney Company to work as the stylist on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first American feature-length animated film. He created the distinctive, Old World look that Walt Disney sought for his breakthrough animated feature. Although only minor characters in the version written by the Brothers Grimm, the Seven Dwarfs took on starring roles in Disney's film version. Tenggren's drawing captures perfectly the major characteristics of each of the Dwarfs, as well as the resonant, timeless beauty of Snow White. Here is the original art used as the centerpiece of the exceptionally rare 40 X 60 in. Snow White poster. The poster appears in the original press book, and it was priced at $1.25 apiece to theater owners."

 

 

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_From the Desk Of Studio Art Directors_

 

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Original Drawing of the Band Stand in "Top Hat" (1935)

 

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"When David O. Selznick was preparing Gone With the Wind, he gathered together some of the most talented cinematic artists in Hollywood at the time, realizing that the film would need a number of effective matte paintings to save on costs and embellish the elaborate sets. The team of artists consisted of photographic effects supervisor, Jack Cosgrove, Albert Simpson, who was skilled at blending mattes with live-action components, and Fitch Fulton, who later worked as an uncredited matte artist on Citizen Kane, and on the technical staff of Mighty Joe Young.

In this painting, Tara is presented as a sprawling estate on a working plantation in the Old South, set behind a tree with a neatly kept path angling up to the door. This is the master concept artwork of Tara, and the original design from which the matte paintings were then rendered."

 

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_Original "Matte Painting" for Kansas Farm Scene in "The Wizard Of Oz" (1939)_

 

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and how it appeared in the finished film

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_From the Desk Of Studio Art Directors_

 

_Three Set Stills from David O. Selznick's "Gone With The Wind" (1939)_

 

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_From the Desk Of Studio Art Directors_

 

Five "Set Stills" from MGM's "The Wizard Of Oz" (1939)_

 

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Thanks again for searching out and posting all the great pics, Mr. In Hollywood! I have not had a chance to look in here the last week or so.. I see I have a LOT of catching up to do, but OH these last few here are gorgeous!Breathtaking stuff, to be sure. Love the Oz ones, especially. :-)

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*"Thanks again for searching out and posting all the great pics, Mr. In Hollywood!"* - rohanaka

 

Thank you for saying so. I appreciate the recognition.

And I am glad to know that others find these historical bits of ephemera interesting.

 

Kyle In Hollywood

 

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_Handbill and Pressbook Materials for MGM's "The Wizard Of Oz" (1939)_

 

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Handbill

 

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Front and Back Covers of Pressbook Folder

 

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Pressbook Cover Inside Pages

 

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Pressbook Sheet Promoting Sunday Comics Promotion

 

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Pressbook Sheet Promoting Upcoming MGM Productions of 1939

 

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_Cover and Inside Spreads from "Hollywood Magazine", January 1941_

 

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_Mr. Capra Goes to the Photographer_

 

 

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Portrait Photograph by George Hurrell

 

 

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On The Set of *Mr Smith Goes To Washington*

 

 

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With Screenwriter Robert Riskin

Robert Riskin wrote the screenplays for many of Frank Capra's most popular films, including *Platinum Blonde*, *It Happened One Night*, *Mr. Deeds Goes To Town* and *Meet John Doe*, each of which can be read online here -

http://publishing.cdlib.org/ucpressebooks/view?docId=ft7b69p14j&chunk.id=d0e139&toc.depth=1&toc.id=0&brand=ucpress

 

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_Program Front Cover, Center Spread and Back Cover for RKO's "Citizen Kane" (1941)_

 

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"Welles, between shots, keeps his cast pepped up. They think he's great and, as one extra put it, 'We forgive him for being a genius.' "

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_Hollywood Studios Enlist in the War Effort_

 

"Various Studios' "Star-Studded" Revue-Style Entertainments"

 

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (1943)

 

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Warner Bros. Pictures (1943)

 

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Paramount Studios (1942)

 

 

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Columbia Pictures (1944)

 

 

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Universal Pictures (1944)

 

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_Hollywood Studios Enlist in the War Effort_

 

Two War Propaganda "Starlet" Promotional Stills

 

 

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Leslie Brooks

 

 

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Rita Hayworth

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_Hollywood Studios Enlist in the War Effort_

 

Motion Picture Industry "War Activities Committee" Promotional Posters

 

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Short Subject (1942)

 

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Promotional Poster (1943)

 

 

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Short Subject (1944)

 

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_Hollywood Studios Enlist in the War Effort_

 

Darryl F. Zanuck-Produced War Films at 20th Century-Fox Studios

 

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(1942)

"Sergeant Dixie Smith has more raw recruits to turn into Marines, if he can. Among them is cocky casanova Chris Winters, son of an officer, who's just tried to "mash" Mary Carter, a major's niece. Once on base, he finds Mary's a nurse and an off-limits officer. Does this stop him? Of course not. But his attitude problem soon puts him in a position where he must redeem himself, with December 7, 1941 fast approaching.

 

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(1942)

Tyrone Power is conscientious objector Clive Briggs, who has deserted the Army during WWII. His chance at redemption starts when he meets WAF Prudence Cathaway, played by Joan Fontaine.

 

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(1943)

Tyrone Power stars a sub commander during WWII who falls for a girl (Anne Baxter) who happens to be the fiancee' of his new commander, Dana Andrews. The special effects were spectacular in this wartime propaganda film.

 

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(1944)

Eight American airmen, led by Dana Andrews, have been captured by the Japanese during the Doolittle raids. Put on show trial by their captors for "war crimes," the airmen, including Richard Conte, Farley Granger and Don 'Red' Barry, refuse to buckle under pressure and torture.

 

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_Hollywood Studios Enlist in the War Effort_

 

Studio Films of Stage Productions Benefitting the Army Emergency Relief Fund

 

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(1943)

"In May 1941, ex-Sergeant Irving Berlin was on tour at Camp Upton, his old base in Yaphank, New York. There he spoke with the commanding officers about restaging his original Army play, "Yip, Yip Yaphank." Gen. George Marshall approved a Broadway production of a wartime musical for the army, allowing for Berlin to conduct the arrangements and rehearsals at Camp Upton much like he had done so during WWI.

Sgt. Ezra Stone was selected as director for the new contemporary play, and the two set up on base during the weekdays to put together the story and crew. Insisting on integration, Berlin was granted the chance to add African Americans into this play, which he was not allowed to do in "Yip, Yip Yaphank." The company of men that staged the play were the only Army outfit to be fully integrated, but only behind the scenes.

The retooled play ran on Broadway, at the Broadway Theatre from July 4, 1942 to September 26, 1942. The show was such a success that it went on the road. The national tour of the revue ended in San Francisco on February 13, 1943. By that time, it had earned $2 million ($23 million in 2006 dollars) for the Army Emergency Relief Fund."

 

See also -

http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1996/summer/irving-berlin-1.html

 

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(1944)

Winged Victory is a play and, later, a film by Moss Hart, originally created and produced by the U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II as a morale booster and as a fundraiser for the Army Emergency Relief Fund.

The play opened in Boston, Massachusetts in the fall of 1943, in a pre-Broadway run, and was a huge success. It then opened in New York at the Forty-Fourth Street Theatre on 20 November 1943 and became a smash hit, playing to over 350,000 people in 226 performances. The successful run of Winged Victory on Broadway ended only in order that the entire cast travel to Hollywood to do the film version. Twentieth Century Fox had purchased the rights and contracted the full cast and in the summer of 1944 produced a film version (which featured a few actors who had not been in the play, including Lon McCallister and Judy Holliday), under the direction of George Cukor.

 

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_Hollywood Studios Enlist in the War Effort_

 

Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Civilian on the Homefront

 

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(1942)

"There's no doubt that this cartoon was issued in World War II as Walt Disney's most popular cartoon character Donald Duck plants his Victory Garden in the shape of a "V" to support the war effort."

 

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(1942)

"Donald Duck stars in this World War II era animated documentary about the timely filing and payment of Federal income taxes. Initially, the US Secretary of the Treasury rejected the idea of using the cartoon icon, but Walt Disney convinced him that it would be far more entertaining."

 

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(1943)

"This cartoon pokes fun at the difficulties involved in America's rubber rationing, a consequence of World War II. Tires were the first item to be rationed in January 1942 after supplies of natural rubber were interrupted."

 

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_Hollywood Studios Enlist in the War Effort_

 

Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Private in the Armed Services

 

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(1942)

 

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(1943)

 

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(1943)

 

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