Rare Film Posters



Original British 30 inch x 40 inch Quad Poster for the 1949 Basil Dearden Ealing Studios Crime Drama THE BLUE LAMP, written by T.E.B. Clarke and starring Jack Warner, Jimmy Hanley, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Flemyng, Bernard Lee, Peggy Evans, Patric Doonan, Bruce Seton, Meredith Edwards, Clive Morton, Frederick Piper, Dora Bryan, Gladys Henson, Tessie O’Shea, Muriel Aked, Alma Cogan, Michael Corcoran, Betty Ann Davies, Renee Gadd, Michael Golden, Cameron Hall, Melvyn Hayes, Glyn Houston, Jennifer Jayne, Sam Kydd, William Mervyn, Arthur Mullard, John Salew, Norman Shelley, Campbell Singer and Anthony Steel.

Michael Balcon had wanted to make a film about the police’s work in 1939, but the Metropolitan Police, when asked to discuss the project, delivered a crushing snub. A decade later, their co-operation was very full. Alexander Mackendrick directed the second unit, shooting the car scenes on location.

Poster art by James Boswell (1906 – 1971). Born in Westport, New Zealand in 1906, Boswell was educated at the Elam School of Art in Auckland before moving to England in 1925 to study at the Royal College of Art. Although primarily a painter he temporarily gave this up in 1932 to work in graphics. At this time he joined the Communist Party and in 1933 founded the Artists International association, promoting left-wing and anti-militarist art. He attended James Fitton’s (Kind Hearts and Coronets) evening classes in lithography at the Central School and after the war became art director for Shell and art editor for the magazine Lilliput from 1947 to 1950. He is recognized as one of the outstanding draughtsmen of the 1930s and 1940s.

Printed by Graphic Reproductions Ltd. (Ealing’s main printer through the 1940s and 1950s)

The poster is in fine folded condition.

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