PICKUP (1951) POSTER, US
Unframed: 104 x 69 cm (41 x 27 in.)
Hugo Haas (1901-1968) was an acknowledged master of bad girl films. He was born in Czechoslovakia, where he was an actor before fleeing to America during the Nazi invasion. He began working as an announcer on US broadcasts to occupied Eastern Europe. After the war Haas resurrected his acting career, but found himself frequently typecast as a foreign villain, none the less acting did enable Haas to finance his first love - filmmaking. In the 50s, he began making his own independent films, which he both starred in and directed. His sensationalist films followed the typical B-movie model. All his plots unfolded with the same general story line: a lonely middle-aged man (played by Haas) is seduced by a sexy blond with a bad reputation. The tagline 'they gave her a bad name and she lived up to it' had to be changed as it was too provocative. The poster was replaced by another with the same image, but this time the slogan read 'easy to pickup'. This is the original withdrawn style.
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Linen-backed. Excellent condition with the colours remaining very bright. Very minor restoration to folds.
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Film Posters of the 50s, Aurum Press Limited, 2000, page 69 and Exploitation Poster Art, Aurum Press Limited, 2005, page 65.