The Green-Eyed Monster

Jacksonville, FL: Norman Film Studios, 1919. Original US one sheet poster for the 1919 silent film, like all of the Norman Studio films, featuring an all-African American cast, and marketed to African-American movie theatres.

Norman Studios produced eight silent films between 1915 and 1928, one of over 30 film studios that operated in Jacksonville, Florida during this era. All but one of the Norman Studio films, including "The Green-Eyed Monster," are now lost, with the sole exception being "The Flying Ace" (1926). The advent of sound, as well as the increasing centralization of filmmaking in Hollywood, led to the studio ceasing production after "Black Gold" in 1928. The studio's facilities in Jacksonville were restored and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2016.

The film's story centers on a passionate love triangle intercut with a vicious rivalry competition between two train companies to land a high-dollar mail contract. As with this poster, Norman went to great lengths to advertise the expense of the film's action sequences, including a rescue from burning car, fist fights, a pistol duel, an abduction, a locomotive chase, and a violent train wreck that purportedly cost $80,000.

From the Norman Film archive, thus rolled rather than folded, with a letter of provenance attesting to same.

28 x 42 inches (71 x 107 cm). Rolled, Very Good to Near Fine.

[Book #137018]

Price: $1,500.00