Rare Film Posters



Original British 20 inch x 30 inch Double Crown Poster for the 1951 Harry Watt Ealing Adventure WHERE NO VULTURES FLY starring Anthony Steel, Dinah Sheridan, William Simons, Harold Warrender, Meredith Edwards, Orlando Martins, Andrew Cruickshank and Philip Birkinshaw.

”Where No Vultures Fly was filmed on location in Kenya and Tanganyika; both remained British colonies throughout the 1950s. The film gives the traditional safari narrative a modernising twist: Robert Payton’s quest is to conserve animals not to shoot them, even with cameras. Although the film incorporates a great deal of wildlife photography, the practice of photographing big game trophies is mocked in an early sequence where a hunter’s wife, called upon to photograph him with his foot on the dead animal’s neck, laments: “the wrong things are always dead in the pictures I take”. “

The poster art is by John Minton.

”Minton was born in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire on 25th December 1917. He was educated at Northcliff House, Sussex and at Reading School and then studied art at St John’s Wood School of Art from 1935 to 1938. From 1943 to 1946 Minton taught illustration at the Camberwell College of Arts, and from 1946 to 1948 he was in charge of drawing and illustration at the Central School of Art. Minton’s output was considerable. Between 1945 and 1956 he had seven solo exhibitions at the Lefevre gallery. He designed textiles and wallpapers; he produced posters for London Transport and Ealing Studios; and he was highly regarded as a portrait painter. He painted scenes of Britain, from rural beauty to urban decay, and travelled overseas, producing scenes of the West Indies, Spain and Morocco.

Although Minton was respected both by the conservative Royal Academy and the modernist London Group, he was out of sympathy with the abstract painting that began to prevail during the 1950s, and he felt increasingly out of touch with current fashion. He suffered extreme mood swings and became dependent on alcohol. He took his own life in 1957 at his London home, taking an overdose of sleeping tablets.”

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

The poster is in fine unfolded (rolled) condition.

Availability: 1 in stock