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THE BLACKBIRD, rare original 1926 MGM portrait still, LON CHANEY & TOD BROWNING

THE BLACKBIRD, rare original 1926 MGM portrait still, LON CHANEY & TOD BROWNING

THE BLACKBIRD, rare original 1926 MGM portrait still, LON CHANEY & TOD BROWNING    THE BLACKBIRD, rare original 1926 MGM portrait still, LON CHANEY & TOD BROWNING
VINTAGE FILM POSTERS & MEMORABILIA. This ORIGINAL, silver gelatin photographic still was printed to promote the first theatrical release of the 1926 classic American silent/crime/drama feature, THE BLACKBIRD. The film stars Lon Chaney in the dual roles as "The Blackbird", and "The Bishop". The film features Owen Moore, Renée Adorée, Doris Lloyd, Andy MacLennan, and William Weston. The film was directed by Tod Browning, who also teamed with Lon Chaney in OUTSIDE THE LAW (1920), THE UNHOLY THREE (1925), THE ROAD TO MANDALAY (1926), THE UNKNOWN (1927), LONDON AFTER MIDNIGHT (1927), and THE BIG CITY (1928), WEST OF ZANZIBAR (1928), and WHERE EAST IS EAST (1929).

Tod Browning also directed some classic horror films of the 1930's, DRACULA (1931), FREAKS (1932), MARK OF THE VAMPIRE (1935), and THE DEVIL-DOLL (1936). The single weight, glossy, silver gelatin photographic still is an ORIGINAL still, printed from the original negative, at the time the film was first released in the United States (1926).

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 and newspapers 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; Single Weight; Glossy; Approximately 7 3/4" X 9 3/8". Lon Chaney; Owen Moore; Renée Adorée; Doris Lloyd; Andy MacLennan; William Weston.

The still is NOT a reprint, restrike, reproduction, re-issue, or commercial item available to the general public. 249-53 (hand printed in red ink on bottom border).

The still is in very good/fine condition. The still measures 7 3/4" X 9 3/8", and has had the white borders trimmed from the top and side edges, from an original 8" X 10" format. The main graphic area is in excellent condition. The verso has a vintage typed identification, reading "LON CHANEY in THE BLACK BIRD with OWEN MOORE, RENEE ADOREE, DIRECTED BY TOD BROWNING, A METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER Picture". The verso also has a stamp, indicating that the still was acquired 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 "THE BLACKBIRD, rare original 1926 MGM portrait still, LON CHANEY & TOD BROWNING" is in sale since Thursday, February 7, 2013. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Movie Memorabilia\Photographs\Pre-1940\Black & White".

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

  • FILM TITLE: The Blackbird
  • CAST: Lon Chaney, Owen Moore, Renee Adoree
  • DIRECTOR: Tod Browning
  • YEAR of RELEASE: 1926
  • FORMAT: 8" X 10" silver gelatin photographic print
  • ORIGINAL or RE-RELEASE: Original
  • COUNTRY of PRODUCTION: United States
  • GENRE: Silent / Crime / Drama
  • CONDITION: Very Good / Fine
  • STUDIO: MGM


THE BLACKBIRD, rare original 1926 MGM portrait still, LON CHANEY & TOD BROWNING    THE BLACKBIRD, rare original 1926 MGM portrait still, LON CHANEY & TOD BROWNING