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'Marihuana' Original Vintage US One Sheet Movie Poster, 1930s

$6,291.33

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Claiming to be a "Daring Drug Expose!", this early exploitation film evaded strict censorship of its lurid content ("Weird Orgies, Wild Parties, Unleashed Passions!") by claiming to be educational, a cautionary tale about the alleged dangers of premarital sexual intercourse and the use of recreational drugs. Directed by Dwain Esper, and written by Esper's wife, Hildagarde Stadie, the plot followed a teenage girl who succumbs to "the weed with roots in hell" at a beach party and ends up pregnant, peddling Heroin, and planning a kidnapping, implying that one puff of the devil's weed would lead to Heroin addiction and ruin. With its scenes of wild parties, playful nudity and illicit drug-taking, Marihuana has become one of the cult classics of the 1930s for it's laughable campness. Naturally, the rare original posters for the film, with their camp, colorful artwork and sensational slogans, have become very desirable to collectors. Following the first release of the movie in 1936, Marihuana toured the country in roadshow presentations through the 1930s and 1940s, making it difficult to precisely date the surviving posters, which can be found with various minor design variations. The blank portion at the top of the poster was designed for each theater to advertise their screening details.

Details

  • Dimensions
    Height: 41.5 in. (105.41 cm)Width: 27.88 in. (70.82 cm)Depth: 0.1 in. (2.54 mm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1930s
  • Condition
    Additions or alterations made to the original: Conservation backed on linen. Backing and light colour touching have smoothed and diminished one vertical and three horizontal folds, minor splits to fold edges, small perpendicular splits across folds in places and minor edge wear. Wear consistent with age and use. A tiny loss to the tip of upper right corner. Image and colours otherwise excellent. Unframed. Will be shipped rolled in a heavy duty shipping tube.
  • Seller Location
    Devon, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FG000481stDibs: LU4110322697322

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    Customs Duties & Taxes May Apply.
    Ships From: Devon, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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