Movie Poster Highlights: 1930

Previous Movie Poster Highlights posts: 1925, 1978

It’s that time again! I’m not sure there’s any Top Ten By Year related post I look forward to more than Movie Poster Highlights. It gives me a chance to really cull through works of all kinds, to try my best to track down artists, and to share my findings.

First, I’m going to put the spotlight on a couple of artists who have works represented. ERIC ROHMAN turned up in my 1925 post with a few posters. I really love his use of frames within frames, and the juxtaposition of harsh lines with soft sketches.

From PosterGuide: “Eric Rohman was a Swedish illustrator and film actor. He began designing posters around 1915-16, while based in Copenhagen. Around 1920, he had his own studio with several employees. By the 1940s, he believed that he had produced approximately 7000 movie posters.”

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Swedish poster for A Lady to Love. Artist: Eric Rohman. I am a sucker for pops of color.
Swedish poster for Undertow. Artist: Erik Rohman. Love the drama of the waves and the actors profiles.
Swedish poster for Let Us Be Gay. Artist: Eric Rohman. It’s really funny that this poster contrasts partying with Shearer’s kids because the film doesn’t care about those kids one lick.
Swedish poster for Czar of Broadway. Artist: Eric Rohman.
Swedish poster for Va Banque. Artist: Eric Rohman. This one is difference than the rest in font and design. It’s also for a German film whereas his others here are for US films. I’m so drawn to the color scheme and blocking as well as the off placement of arms and hands.

The only female Dutch poster designer of the 1920’s, Rudeman’s work through the 20’s the 30’s is incredible. Her posters utilize reds, oranges, and yellows, and are full of sweeping shadows. Here is her poster for Morocco.

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Dutch poster for Morocco. Artist: Dolly Rudeman

Sweden has by far the highest number of posters here. So here are a bunch. I did the best I could with tracking down artist info. It’s largely impossible. The only info I could find was ‘J. Olsens’ at the bottom of some, which I was hoping was an artist stamp, but seems to be a printing company.

Swedish poster for Trollbruden (The Troll Bride), a film I can’t find any evidence evidence of existing. Artist unknown. Printed by: J. Olsens. I love this so much. It looks so much more like an illustration you’d find in a children’s book, and there isn’t another poster I saw like this one in all of my research,
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Swedish poster for The Divorcee. Artist unknown. Printed by J. Olsens. Very similar color scheme as Va Banque.
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Swedish poster for The Cat Creeps. Artist unknown. Printed by J. Olsens. Clock. Haunted house. Lady’s frightened face. Bats. Great combination.
Swedish poster for Du Barry, Woman of Passion. Artist unknown. If you can’t tell, if you put an illustration of a pretty lady on your poster, I will love your poster.
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Swedish poster for Midnight Mystery. Artist: Unknown. The illustration here is so atypical and I’m fascinated by it.

Yellow is a very popular color, especially in some of these Swedish posters:

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Swedish poster for The Girl of the Golden West. Artist unknown. (Cannot find any indication as to what ‘Palm’ might mean)
Swedish poster for Hit the Deck. Artist: Russell Patterson. Love the repetition of the svelte figures.
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Swedish poster for Man Trouble. Artist: Unknown
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Swedish poster for The Girl Said No. Artist: John Held Jr. Love the detail of the dirty rolled-down stockings.
Swedish poster for Ladies of Leisure. Artist: Unknown
Swedish poster for Die drei von der Tankstelle. Attributed to Otto G. Carlsund. This is a special one. So flat and square and perfect.

Here’s are a pair of profiles from Gosta Aberg:

Swedish poster for Feet First. Artist: Gosta Aberg.
Swedish poster for Playboy of Paris. Artist: Gosta Aberg.

It’s only fitting that the greatest movie ever has the greatest posters. Ladies and gents, Madam Satan!

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Multiple posters from one film: Here’s The Blue Angel. 

US poster for The Blue Angel. Artist unknown. Iconic.
German poster for Der blaue Engel. Artist: Dorothea Fischer-Nosbich. Such a striking anomaly. Every inch of space is used, the forms squeezed in in unexpected ways.
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German poster for Der blaue Engel. Artist: Paul Rosié. I came across this after I had gathered all of my posters. It’s so strange to see an ad for this film without Dietrich. But weirdly enough, it’s my favorite poster for the film. The presentation is so deceptively charming; it knowingly hides the very dark content of the film, giving this a sinister edge.

Here are two posters by Roger Vacher for Le mystère de la chambre jaune (The Mystery of the Yellow Room).

French poster for Le mystère de la chambre jaune. Artist: Roger Vacher
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French poster for Le mystère de la chambre jaune. Artist: Roger Vacher


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French poster for The Flame of Love. Artist unknown
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Swedish poster for The Flame of Love. Artist unknown










These next two posters remind me of each other. Maybe it’s the colors or the stare of the faces. The poster on the left, for Captain of the Guard, is INSANE.

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US poster for Captain of the Guard. Made by the Morgan Litho Company
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US poster for The Green Goddess. Artist unknown












A pair of William Powell posters.

US poster for Street of Chance. Artist unknown. Obsessed with this use of red. This artist understands not to take away from Powell’s eyes.
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US poster for The Benson Murder Case. Artist unknown. So in love with the placement of every element here. Perfect balance, and again, understanding that William Powell’s eyes are guaranteed to sell any film.

And here are the rest. Hope you enjoy!

Italian poster for City Girl. Artist unknown
French poster for Tonka of the Gallows. Artist unknown. Enticed by the mirroring effect.
US poster for Murder! Artist unknown. One of my favorite posters for any Hitchcock film.
US poster for The Big House. Artist unknown. Another anomaly. Bars and faint sketches make for a dynamic poster.
French poster for La petite Lise. Artist unknown. Satan and Pearls. That’s all you need.
Dutch poster for Brand in der Oper. Artist unknown. That man does not have a good grip on that woman.
Spanish poster for Viennese Nights. Artist unknown
French poster for animated film Le roman de Renard (The Tale of the Fox). Artist unknown
US poster for Seven Days’ Leave. Artist unknown. Gary Cooper’s beautiful face surrounded by pillars. Sold.
US poster for Fast and Loose. Artist unknown. Love how bubbly and pink this is, and the sloppy and chic depiction of Miriam. 
US poster for Show Girl in Hollywood. Made by the Continental Litho Company
US poster for King of Jazz. Artist unknown

If I had to pick a favorite from 1930 it would be Joseph Koutachy’s French poster for Madam Satan. It helps that the film has special significance for me, but this stands out regardless. It’s like an ad for Catwoman decades before the fact. There isn’t another poster from 1930 like it:

French poster for Madam Satan. Artist: Joseph Koutachy