Rare Film Posters



Original British 17 inch x 22 inch Trade Advertisement for the 1941 Leslie Howard World War II Propaganda Adventure PIMPERNEL SMITH, loosely based on the novel “The Scarlet Pimpernel” by Baroness Emmuska Orczy and starring Leslie Howard, Mary Morris, Francis Sullivan, Hugh McDermott, Allan Jeayes, Peter Gawthorne, Raymond Huntley, Philip Friend, Manning Whiley, David Tomlinson, Aubrey Mallalieu and A.E. Matthews.

Eccentric Cambridge archaeologist Horatio Smith (Howard) takes a group of British and American archaeology students to pre-war Nazi Germany to help in his excavations. His research is supported by the Nazis, since he professes to be looking for evidence of the Aryan origins of German civilisation. However, he has a secret agenda: to free inmates of the concentration camps.

The advert is in very good condition but was on two separate pages. It has been joined together with professional archival tape.

Trade advertisements are colourful posters aimed at cinema managers, which were either slipped in, or part of, the weekly film trade journals which were available to them by subscription but were not sold to the general public. The large size Trade advertisements are about the size of US half sheet posters and have a centre fold which is usually hard to discern when flat. Most were designed to be pulled out, and some were attached by staples. Most have the date in tiny letters in one of the top corners.
The publishers own copies from the 1930’s were destroyed by fire and water damage during the Blitz and Wartime paper drives decimated those held by cinemas making them quite rare.

Availability: 1 in stock


Original British 17 inch x 22 inch Trade Advertisement