“Hilarious, heart-tugging! You’ll laugh…you’ll cry…you’ll cheer William Holden in his great Academy Award role !”
Director Billy Wilder was certainly no stranger to the horrors of World War Two. He was born in Poland in 1906, but moved to Berlin to begin a career in movies. However, following the rise of Adolf Hitler, Wilder – being Jewish – fled for Paris and then the United States. Bearing in mind his mother, grandmother and stepfather died at the Auschwitz concentration camp it makes this P.O.W movie, “STALAG 17″ all the more remarkable. British paper for this film is easily the scarcest making this UK quad from first year of release, 1953 a real find; it is incredibly rare and highly sought after by collectors and film fans. Originally folded (as issued) this remarkable unrestored example has stood the test of time very well and still displays to very good effect with minimal handling and age wear. Genuinely very, very rare this original film poster represents a fantastic piece of highly collectable movie memorabilia for a film that was the influence for the classic “Great Escape” and the highly successful 60’s American T.V. show “Hogan’s Heroes”.
“HOOPER” is just one of those film posters that makes you go WOW ! especially if you’re a fan of Burt Reynolds (who still holds the record as Hollywood’s No.1 box-office superstar for five years in a row starting in 1978) or American muscle cars like the Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am beautifully rendered here (in full action mode) by Brian Bysouth. This country unique (British) design is easily the best looking paper from Hal Needham’s OTT auto-action fest and is very popular across a wide range of collectors. The originally folded (as issued) UK quad film poster offered here is from first year of release in Britain 1978 and displays and presents to excellent effect and represents a first class example of 1970’s nostalgia and desirable original movie memorabilia for the screen’s biggest star of the period.
TRIVIA: Although not the car in the poster Burt Reynolds sold his personal Pontiac Firebird Trans-Am at auction in 2014 for a whopping $450,000…more detail
UK Quad / (30″ x 40″) / Single Sided / Printed in England by W.E.Berry Ltd. Bradford
UK / British
Very Fine minus ; originally folded (as issued)
Don Taylor, Harvey Lembeck, Otto Preminger, Peter Graves, Richard Erdman, Robert Strauss, William Holden