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MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, orig 1942 still, ORSON WELLES, Stanley CORTEZ, B HERRMANN

MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, orig 1942 still, ORSON WELLES, Stanley CORTEZ, B HERRMANN

MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, orig 1942 still, ORSON WELLES, Stanley CORTEZ, B HERRMANN    MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, orig 1942 still, ORSON WELLES, Stanley CORTEZ, B HERRMANN

VINTAGE FILM POSTERS & MEMORABILIA. This ORIGINAL, silver gelatin photographic still was printed to promote the first theatrical release of the classic 1942, American drama/romance feature, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. The multi-Academy Award nominated film stars Joseph Cotten, Dolores Costello, Anne Baxter, and Tim Holt, with Agnes Moorehead, Ray Collins, Erskine Sanford, Richard Bennett, and Orson Welles (as narrator). The film was based on the novel by Booth Tarkington, and scripted and directed by Orson Welles.

This rare behind-the-scenes- production still shows Orson Welles, kneeling, posing with some of the crew filming THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS. Bernard Herrmann, the great composer who created the music for CITIZEN KANE, THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, VERTIGO, NORTH BY NORTHWEST, PSYCHO, and TAXI DRIVER (and many more) is standing third from the left. Stanley Cortez, the prolific cinematographer, is standing fourth from the left.

I believe Robert Wise, who edited CITIZEN KANE and THE MAGNIFICENT AMBERSON, and went on to direct THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, WEST SIDE STORY, and THE SOUND OF MUSIC, is on the far left. Any help in doing so would be appreciated. The single-weight, glossy, silver gelatin photographic still is an ORIGINAL still, printed from the original negative, the year the film was first released in the United States (1942). It is NOT a reprint, restrike, reproduction, re-issue, or commercial item available to the general public. It was created to be used by magazines, newspapers, and theaters to publicize the film.

This still is from the W. Provenance of the Movie Stills. In 1919 Marsh wrote his first of 23,000 movie reviews for the Plain Dealer. As the area's movie trivia authority, Marsh wrote and produced a local television movie quiz program in the 1950's called Lights, Camera, Question.

" He also taught "The History, Enjoyment, and Criticism of the Movie course at Western Reserve's Cleveland College. In the 1960's, Marsh fought a losing battle against the screen's increasing sexual permissiveness. His scathing review of a film titled THE LOVERS in 1959, contributed to the prosecution of its exhibitor, Nico Jacobellis of the Heights Art Theatre, for obscenity. In a landmark censorship ruling in 1964, the U. Supreme Court declared the film was not obscene.

Marsh died less than a year after his retirement in 1970. His library, and photographic and memorabilia archives were given to the proprietor of Cleveland's finest bookstore. I was the first person with a background in film history and collectibles to examine the archives.

I was hired in 1972 to evaluate the entire collection. I worked for three to four hours a day, for six months.

It was an unbelievably exciting time for me, never knowing what I was going to find, as I opened a new box or file drawer. My compensation was my pick of the archives. The thousands of photographs that I received still form the core of my still collection. Many of the stills that will be offered here, are from the W. CHECK OUT MY MANY other items.

Silver Gelatin Photographic Still; Glossy; Approximately 7 1/8" X 8 7/8". Joseph Cotten; Dolores Costello; Anne Baxter; Tim Holt; Agnes Moorehead; Ray Collins; Erskine Sanford; Ricahrd Bennett; Orson Welles (as narrator). The still is an ORIGINAL still.

The still is NOT a reprint, restrike, reproduction, re-issue, or commercial item available to the general public. The still is in used, but good/very good, condition. The still measures 7 1/8" X 8 7/8", and was probably evenly trimmed of white borders. There is some toning along the top of the still, and a bit on the left side edge. I'm not sure of the cause.

It looks to me as if the variation is in the negative, as the emulsion seems to be perfectly intact. The verso has a colored pencil date notation reading "4-13-42". There are also pencil notations reading "O Welles & Technicians", and "Citizen Kane", which was the only film directed by Welles that had been released. The verso has a stamp indicating that it was aquired from the W.

There are no other tears, fading, creases, stains, smudges, missing paper, folds, or pin holes. You are dealing with Marty Davis and Vintage Film Posters, collecting for 44 years, and dealing for the past 20 years. We are located at 38732 N.

10th Street, Desert Hills, AZ 85086. Beware of dealers who sell reprints and reproductions, as original posters, and who sell items "as is", without any guarantees. Check out my other items.

Be sure to add me to your favorites list. The item "MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, orig 1942 still, ORSON WELLES, Stanley CORTEZ, B HERRMANN" is in sale since Thursday, February 7, 2013. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\1940-49\Black & White".

The seller is "onesheet" and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • FILM TITLE: The Magnificent Ambersons
  • CAST: Tim Holt, Anne Baxter, Orson Welles
  • DIRECTOR: Orson Welles
  • YEAR of RELEASE: 1942
  • FORMAT: 8" X 10" silver gelatin photographic print
  • ORIGINAL or RE-RELEASE: Original
  • COUNTRY of PRODUCTION: United States
  • GENRE: Drama / Romance
  • CONDITION: Very Good
  • PROVENANCE: W. Ward Marsh Archives
  • SOURCE MATERIAL: Booth Tarkington novel


MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, orig 1942 still, ORSON WELLES, Stanley CORTEZ, B HERRMANN    MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS, orig 1942 still, ORSON WELLES, Stanley CORTEZ, B HERRMANN