Cinema #14: Killer Lobby Cards (part 1)

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Since the early days of cinema, studios produced cards to be displayed or handed out in theaters.  They are basically small movie posters - typically featuring a scene from the movie with the title, and some sort of illustration and text in the sidebar.  By 1985, studios stopped producing them in the U.S. since the traditional theater was extinct and replaced by multiplexes.  However, they continued to be issued abroad.

The lobby card above typifies my favorite characteristics of a card:
(1) It's a lesser known movie (I have no time for a Star Wars or Raiders of the Lost Ark cards - not interesting)
(2) It has a nice illustration in the sidebar
(3) It has a full color still from the movie, complete with cheesecake
(4) It has the tag line - these are always fun to read
(5) I'm a sucker for retro fonts - so, I love it when the movie title is rendered artistically

Here's another on that more than meets the requirements...

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Anyway, let me share with you some of my favorite lobby cards.  I've got more to share in future posts if you're interested.

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In the future, all women will be hot and wear shiny miniskirts. So says Logan's Run.

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Never seen this one, but the guy in the sidebar looks like a f***ing maniac.

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My review of the movie "10":  Long stretches of boredom sparcely punctuated by mild hilarity.  The naughty scene with Derek is in almost complete darkness, so no bonus points for that.

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A "do-it-yourself murder kit"? What's that - a knife in a box?

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Alas, if they had only learned from this mistake, they never would've made that Brando-Kilmer remake.  Those that do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

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Who would've thought bicycling competitions in Indiana could be so inspiring? Starred Dennis Quaid and Daniel Stern, the narrator of The Wonder Years and Wet Bandit from Home Alone.

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"You are television incarnate, Diana. Indifferent to suffering, insensitive to joy. All of life is reduced to the common rubble of banality."  A very prophetic film.

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Remember when it was so cool and hip to be a Woody Allen fan? I don't think his movies have aged well - they were definitely "of the time".

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This is actually my favorite of all the horror anthologies produced by Hammer and Amicus, with Tales from the Crypt running a close second.  Ingrid Pitt.... daddy like.

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This movie came on TCM or something lately, and I tried to watch it.  Sure, Goldie Hawn is nice eye candy - but does not a movie make.  Seems like Walter Matthau played the philandering husband a lot back in those days.

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Can't say that I've ever seen this one.... can't say I plan too, either.

Stay tuned for the next round coming up next.


  1. That "Breaking Away" picture is classic! Keep the lobby cards coming! I've got a bunch in my collection - mainly cheap Mexican ones, but the art is fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

  2. The first three lobby cards are AWESOME! I too love them and would welcome more posts on them.

    Bluebeards 10 Honeymoons has George Sanders, so it would be nice to listen to. He has a great voice.

    You know the director of Breaking Away died just a couple days ago? He also directed Bullit.

  3. The one with the leggy babe from Mixed-Up Zombies is priceless! Extra points for including two of my favorites: Logan's Run and Island of Dr. Moreau, both starring Michael York.
    And holy crap! Shelley Duvall looks like a skeleton in the Annie Hall lobby card.

  4. Let me join the chorus and say these are a lot of fun and I wouldn't mind seeing more.

    Also, Ingrid Bergman is more my idea of eye candy than Goldie Hawn, though to each his own, of course.

  5. I've never gotten why anybody was interested in Woody Allen movies.

    He's had a few good ones, but I think the body of his work is boring crap.

    Play it Again, Sam was one of the worst movies I've ever seen, yet for some reason, people love it. They're seeing something I'm not, I guess. Like Leonard Cohen.

  6. What was always interesting about lobby cards was that often they were colorized even if the movie was in B&W. Also, often the colors of the lobby cards were not the colors of the movies.
    I bought a lobby card for "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with the scene of George Peppard carrying Hepburn in a yellow raincoat. Her coat was not yellow.

    My guess is that these lobby cards were based on B7W production stills from the movie that were made whale the movie was still in production. This is like movie ads today that feature scenes cut from the film.

  7. B&W production still from the movie WHILE the movie was still in production.

    (sorry, the cold medicine is kicking in.)

  8. No Lacey, don't Correct. After a very stressful day at work your simple type-o made my day.

    A lot of these movies were whales, big, dumb, and beautiful.

    Get whale soon.

  9. I wonder why the "Annie Hall" card features Shelly Duvall rather than Diane Keaton? I don't even remember Duvall as being in the movie. Diane Keaton however remains one of my favorites. I like Leonard Cohen as well.

  10. You should actually watch Barbara Streisand's For Pete's Sake. Arguably, it's funnier than What's Up, Doc? (Of course, if you thought What's Up, Doc? was stupid and On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever was boring, then you probably wouldn't like For Pete's Sake).

    As for "Woody Allen films," I think Take the Money and Run, Bananas, Sleeper, Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex (But Were Afraid to Ask), and Love & Death are different from the other films (Annie Hall, Stardust Memories, Play It Again Sam et al). Generally, people who don't like Woody Allen like those five--especially Sleeper. But then again, Everything You Wanted to Know about Sex was the first film about bestiality (the Gene Wilder segment) that really made me laugh.

    My personal favorites, though, were Broadway Danny Rose and The Purple Rose of Cairo. Oh, and The Front--but that last one hardly qualifies as a prototypical Woody Allen film........

  11. 70`s Allen movies Rules.
    The second lobby card is awesome.