Tuesday 16 December 2014

Film Posters 1940s Movie Posters 1940s - part 1

This is the third part in an occasional series on film (or movie) posters. I have previously featured "Film Posters 1913-1929" and "Film Posters 1930s" (see index).

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.

Film-noir was very much the vogue during the 1940s as is evidenced in these posts.

This is part 1 of a 3-part post on film posters of the 1940s:

1940 A Chump at Oxford

1940 Before I Hang

1940 Bullet Code

1940 Captain Blood

1940 Castle of Crimes

1940 Doomed to Die

1940 Down Argentine Way

1940 Dr. Cyclops

1940 Fantasia
1940 Marx Brothers Go West

1940 Pinocchio

1940 The Blue Bird

1940 The Ghost Breakers

1941 Bad Man of Deadwood

1941 Citizen Kane

1941 Dumbo

1941 Invisible Ghost 1

1941 Invisible Ghost 2

1941 Moon Over Miami 1

1941 Moon Over Miami 2

1941 Suspicion

1941 The Devil Commands

1941 The Maltese Falcon

1942 Casablanca 1

1942 Casablanca 2

1942 Casablanca 3

1942 Casablanca 4

1942 Cat People 1

1942 Cat People 2

1942 Holiday Inn

1942 Street of Chance

1942 The Ghost of Frankenstein

1942 The Glass Key

1942 The Mummy's Tomb

1942 This Gun for Hire 1

1942 This Gun for Hire 2

1942 White Cargo 1

1942 White Cargo 2

1943 I Walked with a Zombie

1943 Mr. Lucky

1943 Sleepy Lagoon

1943 Spitfire

1943 Stage Door Canteen

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