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This is an unusual Australian one sheet and before I comment on it I am wondering if anyone would like to comment first on what is unusual about it ?
It's a stock poster and the featurettes are written in?Color is missing a "U"?It's a Paramount poster advertising MGM features?
All correct so far.
Original U.S. poster of Samba-Mania.
So far?!Answers like that would win a at least a a Chocolate Fish where I come from!
It's a stock poster and the featurettes are written in?Color is missing a "U"?It's a Paramount poster advertising MGM features?Yes, yes and yes.All good information but what is unusual and separates it from other Australian stock posters ?
The stock poster is circa 1948 printed for a Paramount Musical Parade Featurette primarily for their short film Samba Mania. For some unknown reason someone has added three MGM featurettes along with an Australian short I think was produced possibly by an Australian Government department and a cartoon which may or may not be Paramount. No record of a screening in Australia that I can locate and who in their right mind, even in 1948 would pay to see it and be able to sit through without yawning as they watched this collection of short features. If anyone else has an example of a similar poster I would love to see it. I sat through a cartoon festival as a child and towards the end of it I had had enough so one can imagine looking at the titles displayed on this poster it would be heavy going.
You have seen previously the unusual image of a Paramount Musical Parade featurette with added titles of shorts printed on it. The following is the Australian one sheet stock poster printed solely for the Paramount short Mardi Gras ( 1943 ).
From the IMDB site - ''The first of a series of six two-reel '' Musical Parade'' shorts produced in Technicolor for the Paramount 1943-44 production season. This series would continue into 1948, and then were reissued in the early 50's''. I suppose this poster possibly is from a reissue but we don't know if the series were reissued out of the U.S. or not. I would think original release but it is most likely one of those things we will never know for sure.
This is another Paramount Musical Parade Featurette Australian one sheet for Star Bright ( 1944) but this time on a different stock poster. I think I prefer this one over the other one.