Women with Guns


Barcelona: Various film studios, 1937-1969. Collection of 36 Spanish film heralds for films released 1937-1969, all featuring "gun molls," or women with guns. Nearly all heralds were printed in Barcelona, by printers I.G. Viladot, T.G. Llauger, Marti y Mari, Graficas Valencias, and others, upon the Spanish release of international films. Some are for American films, with Spanish, French, Mexican, and British films represented. Highlights of the collection include "Hold That Blonde!" (1945), "Gun Crazy" (1950), "Annie Get Your Gun" (1950), "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" (1965), and "07 con el 2 delante (Agente: Jaime Bonet)" (1966). From "L'alibi [The Alibi]" (1937) to "The Southern Star" (1969).

Film handbills, or heralds, were essentially mini film posters, and were produced as an economical way to promote both international and regional films, distributed by press agencies and theaters shortly before the film's local release. Many were issued with text on the verso, advertising nearby cinemas or film credits. Design styles included folding brochures, and die-cut shapes and moving parts, illustrated with film stills and Spanish renditions of original poster art, as well as original work by Spanish artists.

Most are about 3.25 x 5 inches, a few slightly larger and two folding examples. Very Good plus overall, with light rubbing and a few minor creases, brief pencil annotations on a few versos, and a scattered tiny tear or chip.

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