Rare Film Posters



Original British 17 inch x 11 inch Trade Advertisement from Kinematograph Weekly for the 1960 Gregory Ratoff Biographical Drama OSCAR WILDE, based on the play by Leslie & Sewell Stokes and starring Robert Morley, Ralph Richardson, Phyllis Calvert, John Neville, Dennis Price, Alexander Knox and John Neville.

Playwright Oscar Wilde’s homosexuality is exposed when he brings a libel action against his lover’s father, leading to his own prosecution.

Advert art by Tom William Chantrell (1916 – 2001). One of two giants of British film poster art from the 1950s to mid-1980s the other being the prolific Eric Pulford. Chantrell was born in Ardwick, Manchester, the last of nine children born to James and Emily. After a brief stint at Manchester Art College he secured a job at a local advertising agency, Rydales. In 1933 he moved to London and eventually began work with Bateman Artists who at some time in the 1930s acquired accounts with Warner Bros and 20th Century Fox. After his wartime spell with the Royal Engineers he returned to Batemans who in 1950 were bought out by one of their major clients Allardyce Palmer Ltd., eventually moving to Screen House in Wardour Street. Most of Chantrell’s work at this time was for Warners and Fox. In 1972 he went freelance working with many other smaller and independent film companies until his retirement in 1985 having produced a vast array of film posters and campaigns.

The Advertisement is in very good condition with a vertical centre fold which has 1/2 an inch separation at the top and a slight surface crease through the credits.

Availability: 1 in stock

Original British 17 inch x 11 inch Trade Advertisement from Kinematograph Weekly