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|SLOT MACHINES FEATURED ON LOBBY CARDS:
Clockwise from the upper left:
¶ "Damn Citizen" (Universal, 1958). The police are destroying slot machines with sledgehammers.
¶ "Street Bandits" (Republic, 1951). The room is full of disassembled slot machines.
¶ "I Cover the Underworld" (Republic, 1955).
¶ "City of Shadows" (Republic, 1955). Victor McLaglen starred.
|GARISH TITLE CARDS (Usually
one of the 8 lobby cards in the set [often designated
card #1] would have large bold titles and credits, and
would have scattered small hand drawn artwork, often copied
form the larger posters). The title cards usually have
a greater value than the other seven cards. Clockwise from
the upper left:
¶ "Black Dice" (1952), starring Jack La Rue. British made American gangster movie. Note the two dice near the center bottom.
¶ "Two-Dollar Bettor" (1951).
¶ "The Green Pack" (1934).
¶ "Mr. Soft Touch" (1949). Glenn Ford is handling two dice.
|WESTERNS are a fertile
source of gambling scenes, especially of faro games.
Clockwise from the upper left:
¶ "The Lawless Breed" (1953) starring Rock Hudson and Julia Adams. Roulette.
¶ "Four Faces West" (1948) starring Joel McCrea. Poker.
¶ "Jackass Mail" (1942) starring Wallace Beery and Marjorie Main. Faro.
¶ "Badlands of Dakota" (1941) starring Richard Dix (dead at table with 'deadman's hand' showing -- here 2 aces, 2 eights and a queen -- all black), sheriff Robert Stack (standing, blue shirt) and Andy Devine (blue suit, next to Stack).
|COWBOY STARS: Clockwise
from upper left:
¶ "Aces and Eights" (1936) starring Tim McCoy, shown raking in a big pot in the lower right of the LC.
¶ "Frontier Justice" (1936) starring Hoot Gibson.
¶ "The Showdown" (1940) starring William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy, seated at lower right of the LC in his usual black Hoppy outfit.
¶ "Rhythm of the Saddle" (1938) starring Gene Autry, in the blue shirt.
|CRIME DRAMAS: Clockwise
from the upper left:
¶ "The Basketball Fix" (1951) starring John Ireland.
¶ "5 Against the House" (1955). Starring Guy Madison, Kim Novak and Brian Keith. The signs at the upper left say "Harolds Club" and "The Stag" -- both, Reno. In the lobby card actor William Conrad is being held up as he pushes a money/chip cart in the casino.
¶ "Life at the Top" (1966). Follow-up film to the successful "Room at the Top," also starring Laurence Harvey. British. Sign at upper left says, "All bets must be covered by chips on the table."
¶ "Unholy Partners" (1941). Starring Edward G. Robinson and Edward Arnold, shown above on left and right.
from the upper left:
¶ "The Blond from Singapore" (1941), starring Lief Erikson.
¶ "The Other Love" (1947), starring David Niven, Barbara Stanwyck and Richard Conte (the latter two are on the right, facing the camera).
¶ "Aces and Eights" (1936), starring Tim McCoy.
¶ "Midnight Cowboy" (1969), starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. Lobby card scene is of Dustin Hoffman in, I guess, a crap game.
from the upper left:
¶ "Sinner Take All" (1937). I spot Joseph Calleia (standing, left).
¶ "Gambling With Souls" (1936).
¶ "Ports of Call" (1925). William Fox silent film starring Edmund Lowe. Cards and chips on the table.
¶ "Showboat" (1929). Poker game. Entire card is hand colored. This is the first of three movie versions of Showboat. It stars Joseph Schildkrant (seated in center of table) as Gaylord Ravenal and Laura La Plante as Magnolia. (Be sure to see the great 1936 version with Irene Dunne, Allan Jones and the great Helen Morgan.)
|SILENT FILMS. Clockwise
from upper left:
¶ "Winning a Woman" (1927, Rayart Pictures). Starring Jack Perrin. (The film, like all of this era, is in black and white. The lobby card has been colorized, though.)
¶ "The U.P. Trail" (1920, Benjamin B. Hampton Production). Starring "Beauty" Stanton.
¶ "The Beautiful Gambler" (1921, Universal). Starring Grace Darmond. Roulette table. Man in suit is telling girl, "So you were trying to double cross me -- eh!" The sign on the wall states the maximum limits -- $5 on numbers, $20 on columns and $50 on colors.
¶ "The Outcasts of Poker Flat" (1919, Universal). Starring Harry Carey. This film has been remade many times.
|MORE SILENT FILMS. Clockwise
from upper left:
¶ "A Parisian Scandal" (1921, Universal). Starring Marie Prevost.
¶ "When Danger Smiles" (1922, Vitagraph). Starring William Duncan and Edith Johnson.
¶ "The Seal of Silence" (1918, Vitagraph). Starring Earle Williams and Grace Darmond. The man at the right is holding a corner of a heart playing card, and he says. "Everywhere my wife's one weakness -- gambling -- stares me in the face." Looks as though this is my oldest lobby card!
¶ "The Broken Violin" (1923, Arrow Pictures). Starring Joseph Blake. Roulette table, colored chips, man at center-right is pointing accusingly at man on other side of table.
|Detour (1945). Great
lobby card and movie. Not mine. Seller listed it
on eBay for $650 in 2007. Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake,
Edmund MacDonald, Pat Gleason, dir: Edgar G. Ulmer; Producers
Releasing Company. Brilliant film noir, one of the genres top
titles. Written by Martin Goldsmith and based on his own novel
it is told in flashback and is the story of a New York nightclub
pianist Al Robert who hitchhikes to Hollywood. The gambler driving
him dies on the ride and Roberts, afraid of the police, assumes
the dead mans identity. He is then blackmailed by Vera, a hitch hiker
he picks up and he plunges deeper into trouble. Wonderful card design
with border art worked into the title treatment and theme. This
is a legendary film noir, and one of the only two good scene cards
from this classic, with this image of Neal and Savage playing cards.
|I paid about $90 for this one,
Oct. 2007, on eBay. Universal's
| "Amazing Colossal Man" rampages Las Vegas
& Sands Hotel Casino. I collect movie lobby cards
with gambling themes. This one doesn't exactly fit the bill,
but I couldn't resist buying it. In this 1957 movie, "Army Colonel
Langan was exposed to massive amounts of radiation after a nuclear
experiment backfires, causing him to grow at the rate of 10 feet
per day.... One of the first atomic mutation horror films of the
fifties, it is also one of the most absurdly entertaining. The scenes
detailing Langan's growth and his attack on Vegas are quite memorable"
(per TV Guide review).
More pictures and two gif's: pictures, gif and gif.
Hard to read, but under Danny Thomas' name on the billboard is the famous "Opening Act" names of Augie and Margo (Rodriguez), who "have been celebrity performers since the Mambo days of the 1950's. They opened shows in North America and around the world for the Rat Pack and just about every famous person during the 1950's, 60's and 70's that one can name; and the list includes three Presidents and the Queen of England. They were recently invited to dance with the world famous Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, and that is what they are presently (2007) doing," (per http://www.augieandmargo.com/ ; web site is defuct now (Sept 2011))
| Rita Hayworth in "Gilda." In a
January 2008 auction on eBay, this lobby card, in poor
condition, ended up at $257! It is known today mostly
for Rita Hayworth's sensational, sexy, dance-song performance.
I saw the movie recently. Chock full of gambling scenes and talk.
Story seemed too soap opera-ish for me. The movie did very well,
and helped make her famous.... ...... Back to the lobby card
-- they are at a roulette table. Stacks of chips in front of
Rita. The tall guy on the right is holding chips. Guy on the
left of Rita is popular character actor, Joseph Calleia. I didn't
win this auction. But in April 2011 I finally got one in nice condition
for $150 on eBay.
|In the same auction as the Gilda one, above,
I won this lobby card for $153. "An Original Vintage
Theater-Used Movie Lobby Card (measures 11" x 14") from
The Testing Block, the 1920 Lambert Hillyer romantic
love triangle gambling cowboy western (about an outlaw who falls
in love with a beautiful female violinist, which causes him to
go straight and have a child, but she falls for a gambler passing
through, and he not only steals Hart's wife, but he also bankrupts
him while gambling!; Hart goes crazy and gets vengeance, and returns
a sadder, but wiser man; the movie was both written and produced by
star William S. Hart) starring William S. Hart, Eva
Novak, J. Gordon Russell, Florence Carpenter and Richard Headrick."
.... .... .....I was certain not to be outbid on this lobby card.
It went for $153. From a silent 1920's William Hart western. The
guy on the left (dealer/banker) has the chip rack and special faro cards
dealing box near him. There is no faro case-keeper to be seen. The
all important faro layout (where the bets [stacks of chips] are placed)
is shown in the center, where Wm. Hart is standing, menacingly. He
doesn't look like a happy camper.
|I finally got this lobby card (Frank Sinatra
in the original Oceans 11), for about $50 on eBay. The
above is the eBay auction picture.
|PolaNegri in 1928 movie -- went
for $181 at auction in May 2008. Baccarat.
|Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire"
lobby card, playing StanleyKowalski doing two of his favorite
activities -- screaming and playing poker. Miracles
can happen: I won this card on eBay in Sept 2008 for only
|"NIFTY NUMBERS"--CONFESSIONS OF A CHORUS
GIRL. BAD GIRL / SILENT COMEDY SEXPLOITATION EXPLOITATION.
RARE AS HEN'S TEETH!!!! Strip poker scene. Vintage
1928 Paramount Famous Lasky Corporation / Christie Film Company
silent comedy (4th. in the series of 2 reel comedy shorts)
lobby card (NOT a repro) made in U.S.A. for original first release
film distribution within the movie / grindhouse industry. 11 inches
x 14 inches. The movie starred Frances Lee, Billy Engle, Jimmy Hertz
and Eddie Barry. I got this for $11 each on eBay March 2009.
|The Black Panther's Cub (1921) . My
lobby card. Starring Florence Reed (1883-1967)
as The Black Panther / Mary Maudsley / Faustine. Scene per lobby
card: "The table of fate, of fame, of fortune and often of death,"
gambling table shown. IMDb synopsis: The daughter of the former
queen of a Paris gambling house impersonates her mother and reopens
the establishment when she finds herself in dire need of funds.
|Ryan O'Neal -- Great faro scene from the
movie "Barry Lyndon." One of a set of 25 11" x 14" lobby
cards on eBay May 2009, going for over $100. I passed. ...
... .... BARRY LYNDON (Warner Brothers, 1975) Ryan O'Neal, Marisa
Berenson, Patrcik Magee, Hardy Kruger, and Steven Berkoff. ...
... ..... With ornate imagery reminiscent of paintings from the
story's 18th century period, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of William
Makepeace Thackeray's novel depicts the rise and fall of a sensitive
rogue in the British aristocracy. .... ....... I finally obtained
the card in June 2010 when I bought a "Barry Lyndon" 24-card lobby
card set (25 different Lyndon ones were made, by the way) for about
|James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart
in "The Oklahoma Kid" (1939). This lobby card (not mine) went
for $311 at auction in February 2010.
|Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo (20th
Century Fox, 1937). Title Lobby Card (11" X 14") (not mine).
This movie marked the final silver screen appearance of Warner Oland, whose film career stretched all the way back to 1912. Shortly after making this picture, Oland returned to his native Sweden, and passed away a year later. Oland portrayed Earl derr Bigger's renowned Chinese-American detective Charlie Chan in 16 features between 1931 and 1937. Offered here is a lovely title card in superb condition condition; restorative paint has been applied to the borders, but there are no condition issues to note. If you demand the best, this card is for you! Very Fine. Estimate: $1,000 - up. Opening bid was $500.
|Close-up, on right, shows Geometric inlaid
chips (triangle in circle).
Bow in her last movie "Hoop-La" (1933), shooting dice. Notice
her rubbing the dice for luck! This picture (a reproduction)
is from an eBay listing. "Hoop-La" is the way IMDb spells it, and
describes the plot as "A hula dancer at a carnival sets out to seduce
the son of the show's manager. " Her IMDb biography has this
trivia tidbit: "Preferred playing poker with her cook, maid, and
chauffeur over attending her movie premieres."
McCoy. I own the lower lobby card -- unusual to see
the hero (or anyone) handling a chip rack! Paid about
$30 for it.
Wayne at blackjack table. I bought this for about $50
in December 2010.
at roulette table in "The New Frontier" (Republic, 1935).
Not my lobby card.
|John Wayne --
"Originally released by Paramount Pictures in 1937 under the name "Born
To The West", this oustanding gambling table scene features a young
John Wayne protecting a wounded Johnny Mack Brown as Syd Saylor keeps
the rest of the gang at bay on this ORIGINAL, 11x14, 1950 release, Lobby
Card, with the new title "Hell Town," per seller. Not mine.
-- "JESSE JAMES AT BAY / GREAT ORIGINAL LOBBY CARD 11X14 FROM THIS 1941
WESTERN. ROY ROGERS HAVING TROUBLE AT THE POKER TABLE," per seller. Went
Newman in famous poker game scene in the classic "Cool Hand Luke"
(1967). The scene went as follows:
(Luke won a game of poker on a bluff)
Dragline (played by George Kennedy): Nothin'. A handful of nothin'. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin'. Just like today when he kept comin' back at me - with nothin'.
Luke (Newman): Yeah, well, sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
This lobby card usually goes for a high amount (I got mine for well under $100). The best card is the famous egg-eating scene.
RONALD COLMAN, JOAN BENNETT -- In May 2011, the eBay
seller wanted $1120 for this; it did not sell. Nice card. He
said, "MAN WHO BROKE THE BANK OF MONTE CARLO - 1935 Dir STEPHEN ROBERTS
Cast: RONALD COLMAN JOAN BENNETT COLIN CLIVE_NIGEL
BRUCE USA - US -L.C.-28x36-Cm.-11x14-In."
Per Rivi site, Hal Erickson: "The old British musical-hall ditty "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo" provides the title for this lightweight Ronald Colman vehicle. Colman, playing a refugee Russian prince, is the "man" in question, and the owners of the "broken bank"--that is, the proprietors of the Monte Carlo casino where Colman scored the big win--are anxious to get their money back. They dispatch the beautiful Joan Bennett to lure Colman back into the casino. He falls for her and loses his winnings in the process, but she has pangs of remorse when she learns that Colman had been gambling on behalf of his impoverished countrymen. Bennett joins Colman as he merrily heads off to chase another rainbow."
Faye, Cesar Romero and Carmen Miranda at roulette
table in "Week-End in Havana" (1941). "A ship company employee,
Jay Williams [John Payne], is sent to Florida where one of the company
cruise ships is stuck on a reef off of the coast. He obtains waivers
from all of the passengers with the exception of Nan Spencer [Faye],
a department store salesgirl who wants her vacation NOW, not later.
Jay is instructed to take Nan to Havana and set her up in the best
hotel and keep her entertained. She visits a night club where the star
attraction is Rosita Rivas [Miranda], and meets Rosita's worthless manager,
Monte Blanca [Romero], who makes a play for her. Trouble also comes in
the form of Jay's fiancée, Terry McCracken, when a romance develops
between Nan and Jay.," per IMDb.
|I got this at
auction for $27.00. "Red Dice, the 1926 William K. Howard
silent gambling insurance fraud romantic murder crime melodrama (a
wacky story of a man who offers to kill himself at a future date to
collect on an insurance policy, if he can have money now in return for
the proceeds of the policy!; he rolls a pair of dice, and
because they come up with a 2 and a 4, he agrees to kill himself on
December 24, but the person he makes the deal with wants him to
be married so that the wife can inherit the money and turn it over to him,
but during the time he is awaiting the date to kill himself, he falls in
love with the woman, and refuses to go through with the deal) starring
Rod La Rocque, Marguerite De La Motte, Ray Hallor, Gustav von Seyffertitz,
and George Cooper."
|Outside the 3-Mile Limit (1940).
Jack Holt, starring, and on the left.
"Rare, Original 1940 Movie Poster Lobby Card (14"x11") of OUTSIDE THE 3-MILE LIMIT. The film stars JACK HOLT, HARRY CAREY, SIG RUMAN, EDUARDO CIANNELLI and PAUL FIX. PLOT: Government Agent Conway (Jack Holt), posing as a crew member of a ship, is investigating the flood of counterfeit money that seemingly is originating from a gambling ship, moored off-shore beyond the three-mile limit and operated by gangsters," per ebay seller.
|The Girl of the Golden West
"Her lover wounded, she staked her life and her heart on the throw of a card," as captioned in lobby card.
|John Wayne and Ward Bond
in "Tall in the Saddle" (1944).
One of my favorite movies, one of the best John Wayne movies, and a great poker scene movie. Wayne's scenes with Ella Raines are delightful. This movie helped stimulate my interest in poker.
Click here for 10 minutes of the best Wayne-Raines scenes! (I don't know why they didn't show it in the clip, but the letter Raines hands Wayne near the end of the chip is shown in the movie to be the one Wayne tore up at the cabin, and Raines later pasted it back together.) Click here to see the entire movie for free! Here too, maybe a better quality film.
The scene here takes place early in the movie. John Wayne is a stranger in town. He plays poker the first night. Here he sits next to Judge Garvey played by Ward Bond. Soon Wayne gets into a poker rule dispute with Clint Harolday (played by Russell Wade). Harolday is dealt a needed Queen, but he exposes it as he eagerly reaches for it. Wayne says the Queen is "dead." Clint says"no" and continues to play. Wayne just frowns. At the end of the hand, Wayne claims the pot because the Queen is dead. Clint draws a gun on unarmed Wayne and says he is keeping the pot. Wayne frowns and wordlessly goes upstairs to his room. Clint gloats. ..... But soon we hear the setps of Wayne descending the stairs with his gun holstered. Needless to say, Clint gives up the pot.
|John Wayne and Ward Bond
in "Tall in the Saddle" (1944) again. See the above lobby card.
In this scene, in about the middle of the movie, John Wayne is investigating the murder of rancher Red Cardell, whom Wayne was going to work for. Gabby Hayes tells Wayne how Cardell and Bond were poker playing friends, that Cardell was a loser at their games, and that Cardell was excited about discovering an unnamed friend's playing card deck of marked cards he was about to take to a judge before he was murdered. Wayne visits Bond in his office and gets suspicious of the locked drawer of Bond's desk, so he forces it open and discovers a marked playing card deck -- the scene here in this lobby card.
Click here is see some of the scene involving the deck of cards, in the trailer for the movie.
|John Wayne in "The Desert Trail" (1935).
I can't believe I just won it at auction for only $48. It shows John Wayne catching a crooked poker player with an ace up his sleeve! It is from his western, "The Desert Trail" (1935). The movie was made by "Lone Star," but the films were too cheap to make lobby cards for them. Monogram studios released the films under the Monogram name in the late 1930's and made some scarce lobby cards. My lobby card was put out in the 1940's with the re-release by Western Adventure Pictures.
Wayne didn't become a big star till 1939's "Stagecoach." Till then he appeared in a succession of B films for both major and minor studios. Most of these films were westerns including some roles supporting that company's current B western stars—Buck Jones and Tim McCoy. During the period 1933-1935, Wayne hooked up with Monogram Pictures to star in 16 low-budget westerns called "Lone Star Westerns." They were B-westerns, the second film of a double feature. He was paid $2,500 per film, each of them having a total budget of $10,000 and a five-day production schedule.
In the movie, rodeo star John Scott and his gambler friend Kansas Charlie are wrongly accused of armed robbery. They leave town as fast as they can to go looking for their own suspects in Poker City. Note the poker slot machine in the background.
|Joseph Calleia, Jean Harlow and Spencer
Tracy (l to r) in "Riffraff" (MGM, 1936). Note the dice
in Tracy's hand. In small print on the lobby card, Calleia
is saying, "Don't you know when you're licked. Quit before
it's too late."
I bought this lobby card for about $230.
"In this bittersweet depression-era comedy, Spencer Tracy portrays a pig-headed Dutch fisherman who marries a down-to-earth cannery worker played by Jean Harlow. The couple spend a lot of time bickering and yelling insults in this fast-talking, plot-driven production directed by J. Walter Ruben. Harlow and Joseph Calleia (of later Gilda fame) are pictured with Tracy on this fabulous lobby card."
|Tim McCoy in "Aces and Eights" (1936).
I also own the title card in black and white re-release.
"Tim Madigan (Tim McCoy), gentleman gambler who never carries a gun, exposes a card sharp cheating Jose Hernandez (Red Lease.) Later, the gambler is shot after being knocked unconscious by Tim. Through circumstances, Jose thinks he did the killing, while Marshal Tom Barstow (Earle Hodgins) thinks Tim is the guilty party.Tim takes refuge at the ranch of Don Hernandez (Joseph Girard) and his daughter Juanita (Luana Walters), not knowing the youth he befriended is the runaway son of the family. Saloon owner Amos Harden (J. Frank Glendon) and gambler Ace Morgan (Wheeler Oakman), who sat in on the card game preceding the murder, are plotting to acquire the Hernandez ranch by means of a forged document. Harassed by the Marshal, who is seeking to unravel the murder mystery, Tim persuades Jose to return home. Tim then wins enough in a poker game with Harden and Morgan to save the Hernandez ranch. He stakes his winnings against Harden's saloon and wins with aces-and-eights, known throughout the West as the hand held by Wild Bill Hickok when he was killed by Jack McCall.," per IMDb.
|Brad Dexter, Steve McQueen, James Coburn,
Horst Buchholz, and Yul Brynner (left to right) in candid
picture taken of the actors playing poker and fooling around on the set
of "The Magnificent Seven" (1960). (The other two actors who made up
the seven in "The Magnificent Seven" are Charles Bronson and Robert Vaughn.)
Virtually every lobby card has a scene from a movie. What's unusual about this lobby card (the only one I have like it) is that the picture is NOT from the movie -- rather it is a candid picture. I am the happy owner of this lobby card.
"A bandit terrorizes a small Mexican farming village each year. Several of the village elders send three of the farmers into the United States to search for gunmen to defend them. They end up with 7, each of whom comes for a different reason. They must prepare the town to repulse an army of 40 bandits who will arrive wanting food. An Americanization of the film, Seven Samurai (1954) ," per IMDb.
|Sean Connery in "Diamonds Are Forever."
R84 close up of Sean Connery as James Bond standing by casino! Went
for $43 Feb 2013. 1971 initial release.
|Barbara Stanwyck in "Gambling Lady"
I bought this lobby card for about $100 in February 2013.
"A businesslike syndicate runs all the gambling joints in town; least profitable is honest Mike Lee's. Under pressure to allow cheating, Mike "walks out," leaving tough-minded daughter Lady Lee to earn a living the only way she knows. She soon becomes a success gambling among the rich, but, falling out with the syndicate, she considers the marriage proposal of blueblood Garry Madison. Can such a match work despite snobbery and old associations? ," per IMDb.
|Sean Connery in "Dr. No." R84 close
up of Sean Connery as James Bond in tux gambling at baccarat in casino!
Went for $48 in Feb 2013 auction. Original release in 1962.
|Sean Connery and Eunice Gayson in "Dr. No." R84 (1962). See above. They are handling plaques.
Went for $58 at auction March 2016.
|Humphrey Bogart (black hat) and Ward
Bond (center) in "The Oklahoma Kid" (1939).
" McCord's [Bogart] gang robs the stage carrying money to pay Indians for their land, and the notorious outlaw "The Oklahoma Kid" Jim Kincaid [James Cagney] takes the money from McCord. McCord stakes a "sooner" claim on land which is to be used for a new town; in exchange for giving it up he gets control of gambling and saloons. When Kincaid's father runs for mayor, McCord incites a mob to lynch the old man whom McCord has already framed for murder," per IMDb.
|Spencer Williams (center) in "Juke Joint"
"Hitch-hiking conmen Bad News Johnson [Williams, who became known to general audiences for his role as Andy in the television version of "The Amos 'n Andy Show" (1951).] and July Jones arrive in a Midwestern small town with a capital of 25 cents. Taking a room with Mama Lou, whose daughter is entered in a local beauty contest, they pose as Hollywood actors who can train Honey Dew in stagecraft. Meanwhile, Mama's other daughter Florida prepares to elope to Chicago with Johnny, owner of the Juke Joint...where, after a jitterbug contest, Mama herself takes a hand.," per IMDb.
|Henry Daniell, Greta Garbo and Robert Taylor
at baccarat gambling table in "Camille (1936). Most I paid for a lobby
"1847 - In the gay half-world of Paris, the gentlemen of the day met the girls of the moment at certain theatre, balls and gambling clubs where the code was discretion ... but the game was romance. This is the story of one of those pretty creatures who lived on the quicksands of popularity - Marguerite Gautier, who brightened her wit with champagne, and sometimes her eyes with tears. From the novel of Alexandre Dumas fils this is the story which Giuseppe Verdi took for La Traviata. ," per IMDb.
|Carol Lombard and Robert Armstrong
(of "King Kong" fame) in "The Racketeer" (1929).
"Tough mobster Mahlon Keane practically runs crime in New York City. He meets broke ex-society girl Rhoda Philbrooke at a society fundraiser and helps her cheat her way to some winnings in poker. Rhoda needs the money to help nurse broken alcoholic concert violinist Tony Vaughan back to health. In between his criminal dealings, Keane takes up Rhoda's cause and helps promote Vaughan's return to public performance. Rhoda agrees to marry Keane but still harbors unrequited love for Tony Vaughan. On the eve of her marriage, Vaughan confesses his love to Rhoda. Now how will she handle her mobster fiancée?," per IMDb
|Joan Blondell and Eric Linden in "Big City Blues" (1932).
Even with the right side margin trimmed. this card went for $321 at auction in March 2016.
"Seventy-two hours in the life of Indiana man Bud who inherits money and heads for New York City where his cousin Gibbony introduces him to chorus girl Vida for whom he falls. When a girl is killed by a drunk at a party in his hotel room, Bud is the chief suspect.," per IMDb.
|Roy Rogers (standing, right, with gun) in "Jesse James At Bay" (1941).
The last of the "Frontier-era" films starring Roy Rogers. From this point forward through the last of the Roy Rogers' film at Republic, the time period was always the "modern west", or the mythical version of such. The exception to all of his remaining films not being set in a historical period was in "Heldorado" that contained a flashback segment. Here, Roy plays a dual role of the title character, Jesse James (Roy Rogers), and an identical look-alike gambler, Clint Burns (Roy Rogers). In order to blacken the name of Jesse James, who is aiding the homesteaders and farmers in their fight against a land-grabbing scheme by the agents of a railroad, Burns is hired to impersonate Jesse. The scheme is successful at first with all but Jesse's old friend, Sheriff "Gabby" Whittaker (George 'Gabby' Hayes), and a newspaper reporter, Polly Morgan (Gale Storm), who can distinguish the two men intuitively. Jesse ends that problem by taking out Burns, who had been impersonating him, and then he impersonates Burns in order to get to the root of the problem.," per IMDb.
|Roy Rogers in "The Border Legion" (1930).
"Cowhand Jim Cleve is wrongly accused of murder and rescued by Jack Kells, leader of a band of Idaho outlaws known as the Border Legion. But when the Legion takes Joan Randall prisoner and leaves Cleve to guard her, he realizes that he cannot remain part of an outlaw band and decides to rescue Joan.," per IMDb.
|"Dates and Nuts" (1937), playing craps.
"Herman and Pat attend a dance at a co-ed school, with Pat dressing as a girl to become Herman's partner in an effort to avoid two homely girls forced upon them by the dean of women. Herman had been counting on his girl to save him but she hasn't arrived. When she does arrive, Herman is in trouble trying to explain his "date," Pat as a girl.," per IMDb.
|Clark Gable (2nd l) and Dorothy Mackaill in "No Man Of Her Own" (1932).
"The 1932 Wesley Ruggles romantic love triangle gambling melodrama ("He married her - on the 'flip' of a coin!"; about a cheating gambler hiding from the police who meets his future wife, a librarian, while in hiding; they get married and she discovers that he is a cheat and pressures him to give it up, so he eventually turns himself in) starring Clark Gable ("America's Heart Throb"), Carole Lombard, Dorothy Mackaill, Grant Mitchell, J. Farrell MacDonald, George Barbier, Tommy Conlon, Elizabeth Patterson, and Lillian Harmer. Note that this was the only movie that Gable and Lombard co-starred in!"
Went for $365 at January 2017 auction. I came in second.
|William Boyd as Hoppy in "Forty Thieves" (1944).
"Forty Thieves, the 1944 Lesley Selander cowboy western ("Based on the characters created by Clarence E. Mulford") starring William Boyd (as Hopalong Cassidy), Andy Clyde, Jimmy Rogers, Douglass Dumbrille, Louise Currie, and Kirk Allyn."
|Cary Grant in "To Catch a Thief" (1965).
Spanish language lobby card.
"When the jewelries of millionaires are stolen in French Riviera, the former burglar and member of the French resistance John Robie "The Cat" is the prime suspect of the police. John convinces the Lloyds of London insurance agent H.H. Hughson that a copycat is committing the burglaries and he offers to chase the thief to prove his innocence, requesting a list of possible victims in the spot. He befriends the wealthy American widow Jessie Stevens that is on the list and her spoiled daughter Frances Stevens falls in love with him. When Jessie's jewelries are robbed, Frances blames John, but her mother believes in his innocence and decides to help the retired burglar to catch the real thief.," per IMDb.
|Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca" (1942).
"Casablanca (Warner Brothers, R-1962). Italian Photobusta Set of 8 (18.5" X 26.5") [so not a lobby card].
No doubt one of the greatest classics to ever hit the silver screen, Casablanca has endured through the decades as a beloved favorite across all generations, its timeless story continuing to captivate audiences both young and old. The palpable chemistry, not just between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman but the through whole cast, elevates this bittersweet war drama into a compelling story more than worthy of its Best Picture Academy Award. Offered for the first time at Heritage, these colorful Italian photobustas feature some of the film's most important scenes and major actors, including, of course, Bogie and Bergman, as well as Paul Henried, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet. The posters show fold wear, pin and staple holes in the corners with tears, chips at the edges, and creasing with some surface scuffs. Folded, Fine+. ," per Heritage Auctions.
|William S. Hart in "White Oak" (1921).
"Gambler Oak Miller seeks revenge on the man who misused his sister Rose, who is ill and under the care of the woman Oak loves, Barbara. The man Oak seeks, Granger, is planning to rob a wagon train with the collusion of the Indians under Chief Long Knife. When Barbara is suspected of killing her lascivious stepfather, Oak takes the blame and is arrested just before he is needed to save the threatened wagon train.," per IMDb.
Seller on eBay asking $200 for this 11 x 14" lobby card.
|Buck Jones getting drop on outlaw trying to rob Tim McCoy's faro game, in "Forbidden Trails" (1941).
"Forbidden Trails, the 1941 Robert N. Bradbury gambling cowboy western starring The Rough Riders (Buck Jones, Tim McCoy, and Raymond Hatton), Silver (Buck's horse), Christine McIntyre, Dave 'Tex' O'Brien, and Tristam Coffin. ...... Fulton and Howard, two low-life crooks doing a long stretch in state prison, plot to take their revenge on Marshal Buck Roberts (Buck Jones), who put them away in the first place and is currently retired. … . The former marshal comes out of retirement and wires old buddies Tim McCall (Tim McCoy) and Sandy Hopkins (Raymond Hatton) for help,. Mcc\Call cones from Wyoming masquerading as a card cheat to infiltrate the gang,, and Sandy leaves his latest bride on a Texas altar as the Rough Riders ride again in the name of justice," mainly per IMDb.
|Miriam Hopkins and Joel McCrea in "Barbary Coast" (1935).
"Mary Rutledge arrives from the east, finds her fiance dead, and goes to work at the roulette wheel of Louis Charnalis' Bella Donna, a rowdy gambling house in San Francisco in the 1850s. She falls in love with miner Carmichael and takes his gold dust at the wheel. She goes after him, Louis goes after her with intent to harm Carmichael.," per IMDb.
|A 1930 Mack Sennett comedy.
Note the stack of poker chips.
|Lane Chandler catches card cheat in "The Hurricane Horseman" (1931).
“Pancho Gomez has kidnapped Don Roberto and is holding him and his daughter, Tonita for ransom. An undercover lawman rides into the stronghold of Gomez and his horde of henchmen and tells them his name is "Gun" Smith and he is a gunsmith and do they have any guns that need repairing. Of course, they do.He sets out fixing their guns so they will misfire, locates Roberto and Tonita and is set to depart but Gomez isn't having any of that. He holds off the outlaws,most of whom have guns that fizzle and explode, and sends his horse Raven to fetch Sheriff Jones and his posse.,” per IMDb.
|Douglas Fairbanks holding gun against those at poker table in "The Mollycoddle" (1920).
“1920 Victor Fleming silent Hopi Native American Indian romantic adventure comedy ("Story by Harold MacGrath"; about an American raised in Monte Carlo, who is a polo player, who always wears evening clothes, and he goes to visit his birthplace in Arizona on Indian land, and he has many adventures) starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Wallace Beery, Morris Hughes, George Stewart, and Ruth Renick. Note that this was one of the first United Artists movies," per eMovieposter.
|John Wayne and Ann Dvorak in "Flame of the Barbary Coast" (1945).
"Montana cowboy Duke Fergus travels to 1906 San Francisco to collect a debt from Tito Morell who runs a place on the dodgy Barbary Coast. Though he heads home after losing the money to Morell's card-sharping, Duke takes a crash course on card play and returns with all his savings ready to take on Morell and start up his own place. A lot of this is due to Morell's woman Flaxen whom Duke has fallen for. The earth may soon be moving for him in quite dramatic ways.," per IMDb.
|John Halliday and Kay Francis in "The House on 56th Street" (1933).
The House on 56th Street, the 1933 Robert Florey New York City gambling addiction family relationship melodrama (a wacky story of a woman whose life is ruined by her love of gambling, and years later, she sacrifices her life so that her daughter's life won't be ruined in the same way) starring Kay Francis, Ricardo Cortez, Gene Raymond, John Halliday, Hardie Albright, and Margaret Lindsay. Great card with Kay Francis as a blonde and one of the best in the set!!
| "“Life Goes On ( His Harlem Wife )” 1938 courtroom drama starring Louise Beaver.
The talented actress was probably best known to white audiences as TV’s
Beulah, the star of the 1950s sitcom where she was known as “queen of
the kitchen” playing a more stereotypical mammy character." I own
this lobby card, paid $30 total, Nov 2017.
|"A Dark Horse."
1922 Early SILENT FILM Lobby Card Century COMEDY "A Dark Horse" Charles Dorety, SALLY THE Human HORSE, Edna Gregory. Directed by Jess Robbins. Distributed by Universal.
|Betty Compson in "White Shadows" (1924).
The White Shadow (released in the U.S. as "White Shadows"), the 1924 Graham Cutts English silent supernatural possession poker gambling melodrama starring Betty Compson, Clive Brook, Henry Victor, A.B. Imeson, and Olaf Hytten. Note that Alfred Hitchcock (very early in his career) wrote the film's scenario, designed the sets, edited the footage, and served as assistant director!
Sold for $389 at auction in June 2018.
|Come and Get It (1936). Went for $48 at Sept. 2018 auction.
Description: Edna Ferber's Come and Get It, the 1936 Howard Hawks & William Wyler romantic love triangle family relationship melodrama ("It's tough.... It's rough....! No punches pulled...!"; "Again Edna Ferber's pen writes with the sweep of 'Cimarron' and the grandeur of 'Show Boat'"; "From the famous novel by Edna Ferber"; about an aspiring businessman who does not marry the girl he loves, because he is set on becoming a major success, and his best friend marries the girl instead; he marries a different woman and has two kids with her, a boy and a girl, and when they grow up, he goes back to see his old friend and the woman he loved; he discovers that the woman died, but the friend had a daughter with her, and she is a duplicate to the woman, and of course, the now old man falls in love with her, but pretends solely to have a "fatherly" interest in her; much more happens, including his own son falling in love with the daughter, and it is an extremely strange movie!) starring Edward Arnold, Joel McCrea, Frances Farmer, Walter Brennan (winner of the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film), Andrea Leeds, and Mady Christians. Note that Frances Farmer plays the dual role of both the lost love of Edward Arnold, and the daughter of that woman, grown up. She does an incredible job, because she makes the two women seem completely different, and you have no trouble believing that they are not the same person. Also note that director Howard Hawks wanted to change the story from the Ferber source novel, and Sam Goldwyn, the producer, strongly disagreed, and they battled over it, and ultimately, Hawks was fired, near the end of filming. Goldwyn brought in William Wyler and it is thought that Wyler directed the last 30 minutes of the movie, but no one is too sure!
|Born to Gamble (1935). Went for $331 (to me) in Sept 2018 auction.
Description: Born to Gamble, the 1935 Phil Rosen gambling crime thriller ("Suggested by 'The Greek Poropulos' by Edgar Wallace") starring Onslow Stevens, H.B. Warner, Maxine Doyle, Eric Linden, Lois Wilson, William Janney, Ben Alexander, and Lucien Prival
|Spencer Tracy (center) in "Now I'll Tell (Mrs. Arnold Rothstein)" (1934).
Murray Golden (Tracy) is an unscrupulous New York City gambler and casino operator who wants to live life to the fullest. His philosophy is encapsulated in something he keeps saying: "You're only wrong when you fail." His wife, Virginia, has extracted a promise that he will quit the business once he makes $500,000. However, when he does, he breaks his word. He also starts seeing Peggy Warren behind his wife's back.
Murray learns that gangster Al Mossiter has fixed a championship boxing match. He pays one of the fighters to take a dive in the second round, before Mossiter's man goes down in the fifth, and wins a lot of money. (Mossiter's boxer is later murdered.) However, Virginia hears about Peggy and threatens to leaves Murray. He manages to convince her that Peggy is the mistress of Freddie, Murray's friend and associate. He also tells her that he has made enough money and is getting into the insurance business. ....
The film was directed and written by Edwin J. Burke and is loosely based on the autobiography of Carolyn Green Rothstein, wife of New York gambler Arnold Rothstein. Future child star Shirley Temple had a small role. (Wikipedia)
|Bowery Buckaroos (1947). Went for only $3 at Sept. 2018 auction; I won.
Bowery Buckaroos, the 1947 William Beaudine juvenile delinquent cowboy western screwball comedy starring The Bowery Boys (billed as "Leo Gorcey and the Bowery Boys"; including Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Gabriel Dell, and Billy Benedict), Julie Gibson, Russell Simpson, Iron Eyes Cody, Minerval Urecal, Norman Willis, and Bernard Gorcey (Leo Gorcey's father!)
|KING OF GAMBLERS, orig 1937 LC (Akim Tamiroff at a roulette wheel).
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