Year of Ann Dvorak: Day 7
This 1934 Murder in the Clouds poster has two distinctions in my collection; it’s the earliest one-sheet I own from an Ann Dvorak film, and it’s the most I ever paid for anything. I won it on an online auction back in 2007 for a whooping $450, and then spent another $100 or so getting it framed with UV filtered plexi and all that jazz. Mind you, while this is the most I have shelled out for an Ann item, I have tried to pay more. I once bid $600 on a lobby card from The Crowd Roars with Ann and James Cagney on it. Sadly (or maybe fortunately), I was not parted with my cash for that piece.
By 1934, Warner Bros. seldom featured Ann on their one-sheets, so the image on the Murder in the Clouds poster is quite extraordinary. I guess that’s why I paid such a crazy amount for it while battling against a fervent Lyle Talbot or aviation fan to get it in my clutches. At this point, the poster also represents a time in my life when I could drop nearly 500 bucks on a piece of movie memorabilia. Now, six years, a child, and a mortgage later, I would be harboring some serious guilt for spending that much. Yes, those carefree days of blowing most of my disposable income on Ann Dvorak may be over, but at least I own some super cool posters!