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Alfred Hitchcock Australian Movie Posters

By on November 26, 2013

I have been collecting posters and lobby cards from Hitchcock movies for many years and now have quite an extensive collection of Alfred Hitchcock Australian Movie Posters.

The 39 STEPS Original Movie Poster I started collecting Hitchcock posters about 20 years ago after a season of Hitchcock films screened on Australian television. In the pre internet days, it was not easy to find dealers or movie posters for sale. There were a few shops in Australia but they were not widely advertised.

The first original posters I was able to acquire were a French Dial M for Murder affiche and a Belgian poster for North by Northwest. I gradually started to discover the movie poster “underworld” and was able to make contact with some of the other dealers and collectors around the world.

Communication was usually by letter or phone and the process of actually acquiring posters was often slow, particularly from overseas. Those were the days when people spent a lot more time talking to each other about posters rather than just hitting the “buyitnow” botton and making an online payment. There were times when I purchased posters without actually seeing images but I rarely had any problems.

I soon became an avid collector and tried to find something on as many of the Hitchcock films as I could.

CHAMPAGNE Alfred Hitchcock Australian Movie PosterAround fifteen years ago, I was very fortunate to pick up an incredibly rare long daybill for Blackmail, the first British talkie and one of Hitchcock’s most significant films. I had an ad in a collectors magazine running for about a year and received a phone call from a man who had worked in the film industry. He offered me the Blackmail daybill at a very reasonable price and that is something I will always keep.

I travelled quite extensively during the 90s and got to know many dealers and collectors in London and the US. The Collectors fairs were always a good source of material and I also picked up a few good titles at Christies auctions in South Kensington in London.

During my travels, I was able to meet Mark H.Woolf and view his incredible collection of Hitchcock posters which must surely have been the most comprehensive at the time.

It has always been difficult to find Alfred Hitchcock Australian Movie Posters. Although there are many dealers and major auction houses with some wonderful posters they have been rarely able to come up with any significant Hitchcock Australian movie posters. By contrast, American posters and lobby cards for Alfred Hitchcock films have always been fairly easy to find, albeit some being very expensive.

My favourite Hithcock films are mainly from the 30s and I particularly like The 39 Steps, The Lady Vanishes and Young and Innocent. About seven years ago, a collection of posters turned up in Tasmania. Included in the collection were original daybills for Casablanca, both styles of The Flying Doctor, two of the most sought after Hitchcock posters, The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes and many other good titles.

MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH Alfred Hitchcock Movie PosterThe seller didn’t know a lot about posters and listed a few of them on eBay at very low prices. The vultures swooped and when they found out that the seller had more vintage posters they quickly snapped up the great titles at bargain prices.

Unfortunately, I only found out about the collection when it was too late but, fortunately, I was eventually able to acquire the two Hitchcock posters for my collection.

Long daybills for Hitchcock’s The Ring and Champagne had turned up years ago in Melbourne and I managed to pick them up in time after they had passed through the hands of other collectors.

As the years have passed, it has become increasingly more difficult to fill the holes in my collection particularly with Alfred Hitchcock Australian Movie Posters. To the best of my knowledge, Australian posters for films like Young and Innocent, Sabotage and the 1934 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much have never been seen while posters for some of the earlier silent films are near impossible to find.

It is always a surprise to find an Australian Hitchcock poster that I don’t have in my collection and I recently picked up a one sheet for The 1956 version of The Man Who Knew Too Much. Whilst American posters are very common, the Australian Richardson Studio daybill and one sheet are very scarce.

 PSYCHO Alfred Hitchcock Australian Movie Poster

 I have a gallery featuring my collection of Alfred Hitchcock Movie Posters on my website and update it whenever anything new turns up. If you do have anything that might be of interest please email me.

They say that to become a dealer you need to also be a collector. Well, I think I certainly fit into that category. Apart from Hitchcock posters I also collect other genres as well including Film Noir movie posters.

 Alfred Hitchcock Australian Movie Posters

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3 Comments

  1. David

    November 27, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Of all your Hitchcock posters what is your favourite by design.

    • John Reid

      November 28, 2013 at 8:06 am

      That would have to be The 39 Steps – simple but very effective graphic design.

  2. David Donaldson

    September 8, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Glad to have contributed one – Blackmail. It and the old film came from Gerry Tayler’s National Films of NSW.

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