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    "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Cast Portrait. For many fans of Golden Age Hollywood, Warner Bros.' A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) is perhaps the most beautifully photographed film of its era. Hal Mohr's camerawork was so wondrous that he won the Best Cinematography Academy Award as a write-in; the only person ever to win a write-in Oscar. This incredible 14" x 17" publicity cast portrait suggests all the beauty of the film - reproduced and finished by a special photographic effect so it appears as a huge page from an ancient edition of Shakespeare. The shot features 18 members of the cast, including James Cagney (as Bottom), Joe E. Brown (in gown and blonde wig as Flute), Olivia de Havilland (Hermia), Dick Powell (Lysander), Anita Louise (Titania), Victor Jory (Oberon), Ross Alexander (Demetrius), Jean Muir (Helena), Verree Teasdale (Hippolyta), Mickey Rooney (Puck), Ian Hunter (Theseus), Frank McHugh (Quince), Arthur Treacher (Ninny's Tomb), Hugh Herbert (Snout), Otis Harlan (Starveling), Hobart Cavanaugh (Philostrate), Dewey Robinson (Snug), and Nina Theilade (Faerie). Robinson is holding a dog on a leash. The names of the actors are printed on a gold snipe on the back of the picture. There's a tear about four inches up the right border, that extends about four inches into the picture (across Cavanaugh's legs ) and which has been taped on the back of the picture; also a crease that runs down the lower right corner. These imperfections are lost in the overall impact of this Very Good condition gorgeous cast portrait. Beautiful background includes giant statuary. A knockout item for devotees of 1930s Golden Age Hollywood, the Warner Bros. stock company - and Shakespeare!

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    Auction Dates
    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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