Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Gene Raymond, Mary Astor, Donald Crisp, Tully Marshall, dir: Victor Fleming; MGM. Likely one of the most rare and desirable Pre-Code image cards for this notorious title. We have not seen it before. The script was in production starting in 1929 when Greta Garbo was to be featured in the role played by Harlow. There were so many rewrites, changes in the character, and censorship problems that Garbo had no interest in the film by the time it was ready for the camera -- and MGM wanted to feature their new contract player. Harlow went through great tragedy during production with the shooting death of her husband Paul Bern, which of course only heightened interest in the film. There was constant flack from the Breen office regarding the frank depiction of Harlow's character of a prostitute. In this Pre-Code period, however, the studio was allowed to ignore such memos. A memo from Breen in Aug. 1932 asked that one of Harlow's lines be cut in which she asked the parrot what it had been eating (it was in the final print). A scene of Clark Gable undressing was asked to be excised; it was not, but when showing in Pennsylvania it had to be taken out. Even more scandalous, though, was the adulterous affair between the Gable character and Mary Astor. And so was the history of the making of what resulted in a story of misfit adults playing out their lives on a dusty, dry, sweltering Indochina rubber plantation. It made close to one million dollars profit in 1932 and is still a delight to see. VERY rare lobby card! There has been some skillful touch up to address various marginal dings, VERY GOOD. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: RED DUST (1932)
Publication Date: 1932
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Very Good
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