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BUTCH CASSIDY Daybill Movie Poster Original or Reissue

By on April 9, 2015

The Butch Cassidy Daybill with a reddish background and NRC censor details is one of the most commonly misrepresented Australian movie posters.

Experienced collectors will be aware that the original Butch Cassidy daybill has a yellowish background with the “Not Suitable for Children” censor details in the lower rh side of the poster.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was an incredibly popular and iconic film and many people, who would not normally collect movie posters, have purchased a poster for their favourite film believing that it is from the original release. Sadly, a large number of the posters that have sold on ebay have been for the version with the red background which is clearly a reissue from the 1970s.

BUTCH CASSIDY Daybill Movie PosterAustralian daybills are generally undated and it is sometimes difficult to determine the exact time of release. Censor ratings are a good clue but the average buyer will depend on the seller to describe the poster accurately.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was released in 1969 in Australia. The Not Suitable for Children is definitely the rating associated with the original release of the film. The ratings system changed in Australia in approximately 1971/2 and the NRC rating on the red background clearly indicates that the poster was released post 1972 – obviously for a re release of the film.

Unfortunately, ebay appears to take little interest in misrepresented posters. Collectors can report the listings but it is unlikely that any action will be taken. Sellers often hide behind the excuse that they are only part time or casual sellers and not experts but the end result is that those who purchase the Butch Cassidy daybill, described as original 1969 release, with the red background have been duped.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Director: George Roy Hill

Writer: William Goldman

Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross

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One Comment

  1. David Donaldson

    April 10, 2015 at 2:49 am

    Excellent point on a well chosen case.

    A similar situation exists for collectors of celluloid film. A fair rule of thumb is: the more popular the film, the less likely that it is a original print being offered to you. If it is in fact an original, you can bet its quality and condition are suss. Misdescribing prints as being in Technicolor is rife. Yes, the screen image, and sometimes even the leader, will state “Technicolor” but in 99.9% of cases, the print will be on Eastman stock, quite a different piece of goods.

    As the adrenalin flow mounts, we buyers need to remember the adage “if it sounds too good to be true, it will be”. All of us buyers ought to query sellers more, using the Ask a Question process within the Ebay description page of the item. So you might miss it, but missing a dud is no pain.

    Thanks to John for ventilating this warning.

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