Mexican Lobby Cards (Mexican Movies)
Mexican Lobby Cards (American Movies)
Mexican movie history
Mexico had a great movie industry that grew up in Hollywood’s shadow, and it is currently enjoying tremendous re-discovery. It began in the Silent Era and based much of it’s early films on themes from the Mexican Revolution. Mexico had dazzling, sultry movie stars.... They had sexy, glamorous actresses, macho men and romantic singing cowboys. By the 1940’s, social issue films, peasant land reform flicks and a few epic Aztec movies were competing at the box office in Mexico City with the imported American World War II-John Wayne type movies – subtitled of course.
The 1940’s was called the Golden Decade for Mexican Cinema. Mexicans loved their cinema and had elegant movie theaters in the big cities. Village folk saw movies in outdoor tent theaters that were set up by travelling gypsy camps. Mexico was making hundreds of movies a year. There was great exchange and investment between Hollywood and Mexico. Some Mexican actors like Cantinflas, Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendariz and Sarita Montiel even worked in Hollywood.
By 1959, foreign competition, a devaluating Mexican currency and the nationalization of the domestic film industry by the Mexican government brought the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema to a crashing halt. The unexpected and early deaths of some of Mexico's major stars, like Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete, and Pedro Armendariz also crippled the industry.
Special 6-piece Lobby Card Assortments: Photos below are representative of what will be shipped, but each set will be unique. All will be good quality, original and may have been used, in Spanish, and a great bargain.
Note: Special reduced
shipping/handling on these sets is only $9.00 for one set, $14.00 for two sets
MEXICAN GENERAL SET LC01 - - $50.00/6pcs.
RUMBERA DANCERS LC02 $120.00/6pcs
CHARRO/WESTERN LC03 $150.00/6pcs
MEXICAN COMEDY LC04 $90.00/6pcs
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Rare and Collectible
Mexican lobby cards were made for both American and Mexican movies. They are highly collectible, because they are more rare than American material. Mexico has always had only a fraction of the number of US theaters and they never produced the lavish publicity that the US studios produced. Lastly, Mexicans never had the cultural tradition of collecting movie memorabilia that the US had. We once found a bale of Mexican lobby cards in a chicken coop in the state of Guerrero.
Mexican Lobby Cards are generally printed in 8 card sets. The standard size is 13" X 17", as opposed to the smaller American Lobby Card, which are 11" x 14". They were provided to the theater owner to decorate his lobby when he received a new movie reel. All 8 cards contain the same artwork, but each card has a different printed black and white photo of a scene in the movie. This inset photo is called a "still".
We sell individual lobby cards; you do not need to buy an entire 8-piece set of any one movie title. Some "stills" are much more desirable than others, and thus there can be a range of prices for the same title lobby card. In Enamorada (1946), for example, a close up of Maria Feliz or Pedro Armendariz in the still costs more than a far away shot of Jaime Fernandez in the church.
All cards are authentic, ranging in age from 1938 to 1968. Most are in very good to excellent condition, with only small pinholes in the corners. Lobby cards are shrink wrapped on cardboard. Except for very rare pieces, (including some silk-screened lobby cards with actual photos pasted on), prices range from $25 - $85.
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Mexican Movie Lobby Cards
Marlon Brando, Jean Peters
Gabriel Figueroa (Cinematographer) 1954
El Charro y La Dama
La Mujer y La Bestia
Directed by Luis Buñuel
Cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa
Beautiful, Original Movie Posters from the Golden Age of Cinema
Old Mexican movie posters are campy - and a great way to add authentic Mexican ambience to any studio, office, home or restaurant. Posters measure approx. 27" X 37" and most date from 1941 to 1954. Many have signed artwork from famous Mexican graphic artists, like Josep Renau, Ernesto Garcia Cabral and Carlos Vega. Condition varies from very good to mint.
Collected in Mexico, these authentic lobby cards have dramatic art work done by Mexican graphic artists. When a movie was exported to Mexico, a whole new set of promotional materials had to be produced by Mexican production companies. Lobby card text is in Spanish, usually with an English title translation. Mexican Lobby Cards are larger, more beautiful and much more exciting than their American counterparts. They have colorful artwork, photo montage, drawings, dramatic comments and an inset black and white “still”. Mexican Lobby Cards of American movies are much more rare than the American ones, since fewer of them were ever printed. Mexico always had fewer cinemas than did the US, and their publicity distribution was never as prolific as that of the US.
El Malo y El Feo
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Walter Pidgeon, Leslie Nielsen
and ROBBIE the ROBOT
the Hidden Treasure
Herman Brix (Bruce Bennett)
The Seven Year Itch
El Viento Se Llevo
Bend of the River
Directors, Foreign, etc.
Epic Sand and Sandal
Cecil B. DeMille
Cult Classics / Exploitation Films
Mexican Lobby Cards
We sell individual lobby cards; you do not need to buy an entire 8 piece set of any one movie title. Some scene cards are much more desirable than others, and thus there can be a range of prices for the same title. In Casablanca, for example, a close up of Bogart in the still costs more than a far away shot of Sydney Greenstreet.
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Early Science Fiction
Rock and Roll Movies
Gangsters / Mobsters
Japanese Classics Exported to Mexico
Sexy Girls / Bad Girls
Musicals and All That Jazz
Pirates and Sea Stories
Blood and Guts
Actors Turned Politician
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