Thursday, August 22, 2019

Herr Montgomery in "Das Graue Haus"

It is too bad that movie heralds went to the wayside over the years.  They were one nifty souvenir of the movies you had seen, and I would have had boxes of them.  Most of the original heralds in the U.S. were just one sheet folded over, but the graphics were usually quite good.  They told you the basics, who the stars were, the studio that produced it and conveyed what kind of movie it was. 

Austria produced this 6-page herald of The Big House (1930).  It not only has numerous stills from the movie, but an actual story line.  I do not know when the herald was used, it could be from after WWII.  Between Hitler's censorship and the war itself, U.S. movies were not shown in Germany and their conquered countries until the war ended. 

By the way, "Das Graue Haus" translates to "The Grey House."  Evidently, the American slang, The Big House, was not known in German speaking countries. 

"The Big House" will be shown on TCM today at 9:15 p.m. PST.  The Sins of the Children (1930) is also being shown at 7:45 a.m. PST.  1930 was a busy year for our young Bob, eight of his movies were filmed that year.  No three-month vacations for him at this stage of his career. 

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