Rare Film Posters



Original U.S. 10 1/4 inch x 27 1/2 inch MGM Advertisement for the 1945 Richard Thorpe Musical THE THRILL OF A ROMANCE starring Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Frances Gifford, Henry Travers, Spring Byington, Lauritz Melchior, Billy House, Vince Barnett and Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra.

A soldier falls in love with a newly-married woman after her husband abandons her for a business meeting on their honeymoon.

Poster art by Jacques Kapralik (1906 – 1960).
Kapralik was a commercial artist and caricaturist whose art was used in the promotion of motion pictures throughout Hollywood’s Golden Era of the 1930s-1950s. Born in Romania in 1906, Kapralik first worked for various European newspapers, drawing cartoons and caricatures of famous Europeans and important events. In 1936, Kapralik immigrated to the United States. He first provided celebrity caricatures for various newspaper columns focusing on Hollywood gossip and events.

Kapralik was fortunate to work during a time considered the Golden Age of Hollywood and a zenith for celebrity caricatures. Movie studios were putting increased focus and publicity on their stars, attempting to make them household names. Kapralik’s output of celebrity caricatures increased as he left the newspaper world and began working for movie studios such as RKO, Paramount, 20th Century Fox, Universal, and MGM, creating likenesses of Cary Grant, Greta Garbo, and Lucille Ball, among many others. He developed a distinctive and highly recognizable style for his studio publicity work, much of which was shown primarily in press kits and trade magazines such MGM’s Lion’s Roar Magazine, as well as the weekly Pictorial Review newspaper insert.

The Advertisement is in fine condition with one horizontal fold.

Availability: 1 in stock

Original U.S. 10 1/4 inch x 27 1/2 inch MGM Advertisement