Jason and the Argonauts



Jason and the Argonauts

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US Lobby Card / single sided (11" x 14")

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Very Fine; stored flat


Don Chaffey


Douglas Wilmer, Gary Raymond, Honor Blackman, Jack Gwillim, Laurence Naismith, Michael Gwynn, Nancy Kovack, Niall MacGinnis, Todd Armstrong

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“The epic story that was destined to stand as a colossus of adventure!”…From the greatest fantasy film of all time comes this extremely rare original 1963 US Lobby Card for Don Chaffey’s “Jason and the Argonauts”. Personally signed by (the late) special effects maestro Ray Harryhausen, the rarest card from the set and featuring the movie’s most famous scene as Jason heroically fights King Aeetes’ skeleton army. This card displays superbly with no fading and deep colours.***SIGNED & DEDICATED***…”To Robert Best Wishes Ray Harryhausen”

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Film Description

“For the moment, let them enjoy a calm sea, a fresh breeze and each other. The girl is pretty and I am always sentimental. But for Jason, there are other adventures. I have not finished with Jason. Let us continue the game another day”…One of the best fantasy adventure movies ever made, mostly due to the unique contributions of animator Ray Harryhausen, who created the film’s unforgettable harpies, hydra, and giant titan Talos. The actors aren’t the most famous or even the best, but they all have good distinct faces and they hold the film up well enough in between the exciting actions scenes. Don Chaffey’s direction is nothing special either, and the story itself is pretty forgettable. None of that matters a bit. This movie is just designed to sort of sweep you along as if you were a member of the Argonaut crew….The beginning of the movie is great, like most of the Harryhausen/Schneer productions, as far as setting up the characters and the situation. Jason (Todd Armstrong) meets up with the man he’s trying to fight, Douglas Wilmer I think, and the guy tricks him into going to look for the golden fleece instead of fighting for his kingdom immediately. Jason holds a contest of all the athletes in Greece to determine who will join him on his quest, and even convinces Hercules (Nigel Green) to accompany them. I saw the movie in the theater this time, and just Nigel Green’s chest hair was enough to elicit gasps of awe from the audience! Armstrong’s performance is under-rated, I prefer him to Kerwin Matthews who was in a lot of these movies. John Philip Law is my favorite hero out of any of them though. Nancy Kovack’s acting is nothing special but it doesn’t need to be. She’s lovely and she wears the costumes well. I rather like Jack Gwillim’s larger than life performance as King Aeetees. It’s the type of role that Noah Beery and Charles Middleton used to play….The grand finale with the 7 skeletons is a masterpiece of fantasy film effects. Talos is also incredibly cool. They are the best monsters in my opinion in all of Harryhausen’s movies. If that alone wasn’t reason to watch and cherish the film, then there’s Bernard Herrmann’s awesome soundtrack, almost as cool as the one he wrote for “Seventh Voyage of Sinbad.” The combination of Herrmann’s music and the wonderful colors, scenic photography, make the film truly exciting. I wasn’t even alive in the 1950s but it makes me feel of movies I saw as a kid like “Star Wars” that really excited me with the heady combination of fantasy, color, inspiring music, and action. I would recommend the movie to anyone who likes cinema that’s enjoyably superficial. It’s the cinematic equivalent of eating your dessert without having to eat your dinner. The movie never feels weighed down by the romance or the melodrama, it’s mostly just all about transporting you to the fantasy world. 4043 copyright 1963

Vintage Movie Posters Grading Criteria

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Near Mint
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Very Fine
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Most Popular Poster Types

US Posters

11 x 14″ printed on heavy stock paper. Used as display in theatre lobbies. Originally made in sets of eight. Some sets have a title card, which contains credits and artwork, essentially a mini-poster. The remaining seven cards are coloured photographic credits and poster artwork showing different scenes from the movie.

14 x 22″ printed on heavy stock paper with the top 4-6 inches usually left blank for the local cinema owner to fill in the cinema and the date it was due to play. Largely discontinued during the 1970’s.

22 x 28″ printed on heavy stock paper. The image displayed is normally a smaller version of the main poster, although some do have different artworks and sometimes come in two versions.

14 x 36″ printed on heavy stock paper. Inserts usually have the same artwork as a one sheet. Popular with collectors since they are smaller and easier to frame. Normally come tri folded or rolled.

40 x 60″ printed on heavy stock paper. Rare since they were primarily used for major motion pictures only. Designed to be used outside the theatre, on an easel, normally at a drive-in movie theatre.

27 x 41″ printed on paper. This is the most common size of poster, intended to be displayed in a glass “marquee” case. It is the most sought after size by collectors. Since the 1980’s most posters are sent to the theatre rolled and maybe slightly smaller measuring 27″ by 40″ and with the advent of backlit light boxes a growing number of modern movie posters are available double-sided and the more traditional single-sided.

41 x 81″ printed on paper. These were printed on two or three separate sheets designed to overlap, few survive. Used for larger advertising spaces, normally posted on walls, perfect for huge movie theatres the drive-in, where people could see them from a distance. From the 1970’s on, three-sheets were sometimes printed in one piece and issued as “international” versions to be used abroad.


30 x 40″ Most common poster size used in the UK. British Quads are horizontal and may have different artwork to the US one sheet. Like a US one sheet they normally come in two versions. Like a US one sheet they are usually supplied single-sided or more commonly now as a double sided poster.

27 X 40″, printed on paper. Very rarely used size.


13 x 28″ six inches shorter than the US insert, very nice size to frame. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.

18 x 26″ Glossy, high quality, used as lobby cards in Italy. Size may vary, either vertical or horizontal format. There are also double Photobusta or mini Photobusta.

(DUE): 39 x 55″ This is the standard poster size used in Italy. Italian poster illustrators are some of the best in the industry.

(QUATTRO) 55 x 79″ Very large Italian poster printed in two pieces, often contains very beautiful artwork.

FRENCH Posters

47 x 63″ (GRANDE) or 24 x 33″ (PETITE) French movie posters normally come with different artwork to either the US or the UK. Like the Italian’s some of the artwork is extrememly beautiful.