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Strangers On A Train Poster

Rare UK Quad cinema poster for the Hitchcock classic "Strangers On A Train" (1951) with poster artwork by Tom Beauvais, the poster coming from the private collection of the artist.

This is a 1950's re-release poster & very different in design to the first release poster (please see the image courtesy of Ewbanks which sold for £2,800 Hammer in Feb 2020). Reflecting the "pulling power" of Hitchcock, the director appears on the poster & in a nice touch is shown interacting with the title (transforming the word "Strangers" into "Stranglers"). Beauvais also places the header strapline between a rail track motif & there are various other nice touches in this fabulous composition too. A second version of this poster was also printed & although it is the same basic design it lacks much of the detail of the example here & completely omits the header text (this may be a case of Style-A & Style-B posters being produced for metropolitan vs country venues or possibly the second more basic version was for an even later re-release Irrespective, this is a fine poster composition & a great addition to the Beauvais canon.

Tom Beauvais worked closely with Tom Chantrell at the Allardyce ad agency before setting up his own business, "Chapman-Beauvais" in 1975. Among the vast roster of posters Beauvais created were "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid (1969), "Fantastic Voyage" (1966), Mad Max (1979) & Zombie Flesh Eaters" (1980).

For more extensive biographical detail about Tom Beauvais, please refer to the excellent book "British Film Posters" (2006) by Sim Branaghan & the insightful Eddie Shannon interview with Tom: https://www.filmonpaper.com/blog/an-interview-with-tom-beauvais/

Poster with single vertical & horizontal foldlines only. Printed on a slightly thicker paper stock, the poster has been signed by the artist Tom Beauvais to the lower left in pencil. There are various small conservation tape repairs to the reverse, slight paper loss to several areas of the rim, a few light surface marks & some blu-tac stains to the rim. Nonetheless this poster still displays to excellent effect & it is a rare piece. Although the poster carries the printed signature of the artist, a separate letter of authenticity signed by the artist will also be supplied with this item. For an idea of relative value, Sotheby's sold a similar example for £2,400 in Sept 2023: https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2023/original-film-posters-2/strangers-on-a-train-1951-re-release-poster-1950s
NB, A supplementary P&P charge will be required for overseas buyers.

Price: £925.00

Film Category: Thriller / Trains
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actor / Actresses: Farley Granger, Ruth Roman, Robert Walker
Poster Type: UK Quad (30" x 40", 76cm x 102cm)
Poster Artist: Beauvais Tom
Condition: Good
Year: 1951
Reference: 62084

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