Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Film Posters 1930s

Having intended to post periodic features on film posters, I started with "Film Posters 1913 - 1929 (see index), but that was back in July 2011, so it's not before time that I featured "Part 2" on film posters of the 1930s.

From the 1910s through to the 1940s film studios developed their own artwork styles for their movie posters and used well-known artists and illustrators, Even when the films were black and white, the studios recognised the attraction of colour in the publicity.

Originally the posters were produced for the exclusive use by the theatres exhibiting the film the poster was created for, and the copies of the posters were required to be returned to the distributor after the film left the theatre. Very few posters from this period survive because the paper was recycled during the depression years and WW2.

1930 The Bat Whispers

1931 Dracula

1931 Dracula

1932 A Farewell to Arms

1932 Blonde Venus

1932 Dance Team

1932 Island of Lost Souls

1932 The 7th Commandment

1932 The Monster Walks

1932 The Secrets of Wu Sin

1932 The Silent Witness

1933 Blood Money

1933 Daring Daughters

1933 Employees' Entrance

1933 I Love That Man

1933 King Kong

1933 King Kong

1933 King Kong

1933 Penthouse

1933 She Done Him Wrong

1933 State Fair

1933 Tarzan the Fearless

1933 The Big Brain

1933 The Ghoul

1933 The Last Trail

1933 The Sphinx

1933 The Song of Songs

1933 The Vampire Bat

1933 The Whispering Shadow

1933 Tugboat Annie

1933 West of Singapore

1934 Born to be Bad 

1934 Charlie Chan in London

1934 Gay Love

1934 Men in White

1934 Moulin Rouge

1934 The Girl from Missouri

1934 The Living Dead

1934 The Living Dead

1934 The Night Club Queen

1934 The Silver Streak

1935 Condemned to Live

1935 Murder by Television

1935 The 39 Steps

1935 The Bride of Frankenstein

1935 The Devil Is a Woman

1935 The Devil Is a Woman

1935 Top Hat

1935 Werewolf of London

1936 Charlie Chan at the Circus

1936 Charlie Chan at the Race Track

1936 Gambling with Souls

1936 Juggernaut

1936 Juggernaut

1936 Shadow of Chinatown

1936 Shadow of Chinatown

1936 She Devil Island

1937 The Gold Racket

1938 Mr. Wong, Detective

1938 Sky Giant

1938 The Old Barn Dance

1939 Twelve Crowded Hours

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