1948 The Three Stooges Crime On Their Hands Complete Lobby Card Set (4)

Sold For: $2,400

Auction Year: 2014 fall

Lot: 1195

Item Year: 1948

Category: The Three Stooges Movie Poster Collection

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Complete set of all four lobby cards from the Three Stooges 1948 short Crime On Their Hands . (The studios normally issued only four lobby cards for shorts and lower-budget films instead of the standard eight.) This was the fifteenth Three Stooges film to feature Shemp Howard, who joined the group after his brother Curly suffered a stroke in 1946, and the last one produced in 1948. All Three Stooges lobby cards are rare, even those dating from the later years (1947 to 1956). Interestingly, we have seen fewer Stooges lobby cards at auction from that later period than we have from the 1934-1946 span. Other than Robert Edward Auctions' unprecedented current offering of Three Stooges movie posters (this is the second of three installments), we have never seen any other Three Stooges complete lobby-card sets offered at auction, and it is likely that few other complete sets exist outside of our consignor's world-class collection. All of the lobby cards (14 x 11 inches) display very mild toning in the corner areas as a result of having once been mounted by means of photo corners. The title card has a small area of nonprofessional touch up to the body of the gorilla pictured in the upper left corner. One of the scene cards (Larry holding a broom to Moe's head) displays a small, repaired tear in the upper border. Another scene card (Moe and Larry sitting on the couch with Christine McIntyre) has minor creasing and a small area of surface-paper loss in the lower right border. Aside from those minor flaws, the four lobby cards are in overall Excellent condition.

SOLD FOR $2,400

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