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What on Earth Do You Do With Them All?
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Any James Bond
Our Man Flint
House That Dripped Blood
American Werewolf in London
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Is that all you know?
I am still learning...
As I have mentioned, I bought most of these blind, knowing very
little about them beyond what I could see with my own two eyes. I was
originally looking for Hammer posters, when they escalated in price I
went for Brit comedy. Now I collect anything I like the look of, reminds
me of something and that I can afford. Maybe not the most discriminating but
with the market ever moving beyond my reach it's the best I can do.
If I am forced to spend less time buying and more time
appreciating what I already
have, then I would like to learn more about them all. It's not that
easy, the books of posters around are mainly more like catalogs, with
very little info beyond release dates. Most of the comments here from me you
will find trivial at best, just my raving on what I remember
about the film, why I bought the poster or stating the obvious about
what the picture shows. I have credited the Artist where I can but most
of these are not signed. If they are signed, then I have tried to
remember to say "Signature" on the artist attribution. Sometimes I put
who the dealer says the artist is but you can probably only count the
Signature annotated ones as gospel.
I put this site up hoping to attract the
attention of fellow collectors more knowledgeable than me who might
volunteer information. If you know who did them, let me know!
Although my respect of copyright might seem a bit suspect, I don't
believe in plagiarism and will attribute and credit any information you
might volunteer. I will also be happy include links to other collectors
I have a bunch of poster books, mainly American, that just reproduce
the poster images. I am sure a Google search will turn them up but they aren't
useful for learning more about the artists.
The only book I have read that provides real information is
Branaghan's, British Movie Posters.
British Film Posters: An Illustrated History
Sim Branaghan, Edited by Steve Chibnall
288pp pages, Colour Illustrations
Published December 2006
Paperback ISBN: 1844572218
Hardback ISBN: 1844571483
I highly recommend this book! Sim talks about many of the posters
featured on this site and the artists behind them. I could have added
some of the many interesting facts he has to say here but that would
feel like massive plagiarism. Just go buy the book, it is bloody brilliant.
If the link still works, you can read Sim talking about this at
As people offer information, I will list their attributions here
linked to a flag back to the comments they made. Let me know how much
info on who you are you want to provide if you are listed here. I don't
want to expose you to spam but am happy to include links or email if you
want me to.
Dave S Re:
Seventh Voyage of Sinbad - Watch Out We're Mad
I noticed you weren't sure of the
date of the 7th Voyage of Sinbad/Watch Out, We're Mad
double bill. It's 1975. I think (but I'm not sure) it was
the first UK reissue of 7th Voyage since it's first run.
There was certainly a big hooha about it, ads on the telly
etc. I persuaded my Dad to take me to see it and although
I think he quite enjoyed Sinbad, he nearly bust a gut
hysterically laughing at Watch Out, We're Mad. I don't think he
even knew why he found it so funny, it's just one of those
times that you're in the right mood. Another little kid
who'd obviously emotionally blackmailed his Dad into going
to see it was sitting in front of us, and he kept turning
around to see who this fellow was, howling & wiping the tears
from his eyes. I like to think he was just jealous
because his Dad was sitting in stony silence..
I've never seen Watch Out, We're Mad since so I can't say how it
looks now. But anyway, the double bill was 1975.
Andrew Blake Re:
Raides of the Lost
The Zulu quad
you have is an original, I worked on this film when it came out.
We did a full colour quad with a kind of miniature battle at the
base of the title & the quad you own. It was followed up about a
year later by a brown, red & white version almost identical to
the black version, but it has "it's back' along the top.
My last film
before retiring was Raiders Of The Lost Ark. There are 2
versions of the quad you have for the re - issue. 1 states the
'film that brought you Indiana Jones' & the other is 'thrill a
minute' just thought you may find this interesting.
see some movies I worked on & boy were some a hard sell!
The truth is
you can blame the video age for what we have now & of course the
ego & agents of the stars & studios. But Video boxes had to be
exact as to the movie & not the imagination. If you ever get the
chance to pick up Orca - Killer Whale we were advised by the
BBFC in the UK to put a disclaimer that the poster was just an
impression of the film & not what was in the film! go figure?
I started out
in the CBC, Canadian Broadcasting Company, actually working with
Norman Jewison. In those days it was all new & the US as now ran
the entire film industry. Norman went to the USA & became a very
popular director with many famous movies, me I ended up in
Europe for Warner Brothers. Although with the way the UK ran
it's film industry I was often on loan to other studios.
You ask about
artists, well except for the few we were an unappreciated lot,
only the few Amsel, Alvin, Frazzetta, Struzan were really
'wowed' the rest of us it was just another movie & another day
in the office.
A lot of the
time we were not allowed to sign the work, as it belongs to the
studio or production company.
But it's nice
that people such as yourself have some & allow them to be on the
If my ramblings
are of use, please feel free to use what you wish, they are the
few memories of a retired film publicist & there are 100's of us
with a million stories that is for sure.
I have a
fondness for quads as the extra lay out area gave you more
chance to be creative, alas the 1 - sheet was very restrictive,
but my compatriots over here in the USA & Canada would disagree,
as most dislike the quad & for many years have tried to get the
UK to do away with it.
Gary A. Smith Re:
comments from email quoted with permission.
Uneasy Dreams: The Golden Age of British Horror Films, 1956-1976 by Gary A. Smith Permalink: http://amzn.com/0786426616
The info appears in a book I wrote on British horror films for which I interviewed Max Rosenberg. Max said "Doug McClure was a nice guy and he was just the type of leading man we were looking for. He was married to my secretary."
Movie Poster Collecting on The Web
Lots of sites, but again hard to find good information. I hang out at
Where they are frequently kind enough to help decipher signatures and
I have found some dealers that have been very informative, so I will
give them some free advertising here:
I found quite a lot of information
at these collecting portals:
If none of these films are familiar, go look them up here first, I
love the full on British humor on this site:
...and, while we're here...Links I
http://www.harryandwilf.co.uk - Dedicated to Harry H Corbett and
WIlfrid Brambell, if the posters made you wonder about them, well, here