The Good Bad Girl (columbia, 1931). One Sheet (2
After appearing in The Front Page (1931) and The Public Enemy (1931) - each represented by stunning posters in this auction - budding starlet Mae Clarke appeared in this female take on the popular gangster story. As Marcia Cameron, she leaves her hoodlum boyfriend "Dapper" Dan Tyler (Robert Ellis) for a chance at respectability with the upstanding Bob Henderson (James Hall). Sadly, "Dapper" Dan has other ideas, leading to an emotional - and violent - climax. Clarke had already made a name for herself as the girl who got hit in the face with a grapefruit in The Public Enemy, and, shortly after making this picture, would appear as the down-and-out showgirl-turned-prostitute in Waterloo Bridge (1931), and then as the mad scientist's fiancée in Frankenstein (1931), both directed by James Whale. By any reckoning, her career was on a serious upward track. A nervous breakdown in 1932, followed by a serious auto accident in 1933 that left the actress with facial scars, succeeded in derailing her journey to stardom, however, and she spent the rest of her screen career mostly doing bit parts, walk-ons, and cameos. Nevertheless, her pre-Code pictures remind us of a lovely and vivacious star who, sadly, suffered a few bad breaks. This auction marks the very first time that Heritage has offered this lovely stone litho gem, attesting to its exceptional rarity. Expert professional restoration has addressed edge wear, scuffs in the background, and chips in the right and bottom border. Also, approximately one inch of the top border has been replaced. The result is a glorious vintage gem, one that any true collector will be proud to display. From the Berwick Discovery. Fine+ on Linen.