Rare Film Posters



Original British 30 inch x 40 inch Quad Poster for the 1953 Anthony Pelissier Ealing Studios Comedy MEET MR LUCIFER, based on the play “Beggar My Neighbour” by Arnold Ridley (famous for his role as Private Godfrey in the BBC comedy series “Dad’s Army”) and starring Stanley Holloway, Peggy Cummins, Jack Watling, Barbara Murray, Joseph Tomelty, Kay Kendall, Gordon Jackson, Charles Victor and Humphrey Lestocq.

Poster art by James Fitton (1899 -1982).

James Fitton was born in Oldham in 1899 and trained as a fabric designer before entering the Manchester School of Art, financing his studies by working nightshifts at the docks. In 1923 he moved to London and studied lithography at the Central School of arts & Design where he later taught. He became a professional freelance commercial artist working in advertising and book illustration, including covers for Lilliput. Frank Pick of the London Underground discovered him at an exhibition in Leicester and commissioned him to design several posters, including a tightrope bicyclist at the Holborn Empire in 1937 and ballet dancers at Sadlers Wells. These posters were produced in pairs: one, the illustration; the other, the respective legend. Variety for a Change and Just a step by Underground in attractive ribbon lettering.

S John Woods had seen these designs and thought Fitton had the right lightness of touch to produce a poster for Kind Hearts and Coronets.

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

The poster is in very good condition with very minor wear along the bottom edge. The poster was once folded but has been stored flat for several years so will be shipped in a gorilla proof tube.

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