BIG FISHERMAN, THE (1959) 4529

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Centurion Pictures Original Three Sheet Poster (41x81) Folded Good Condition, Average Used, Theater Used

Original Centurion Three Sheet Poster for the biblical film THE BIG FISHERMAN (1959) starring Howard Keel, Susan Kohner, John Saxon, James Griffith and Leonard Strong. The film was directed by Frank Borzage, a respected director from Hollywood's Golden Age. Epic films were big in the fifites. 1959 was, after all, the year of the release of BEN HUR, perhaps the biggest biblical film ever made. Yet this movie is a strange entry into the epic canon.. The film was adapted from a novel by Lloyd C. Douglas. Douglas had written "The Robe", a very popular novel which was adapted into a very successful film starring Richard Burton and Jean Simmons. That film got the royal treatment from 20th Century Fox - in fact it was the first film distributed in the widescreen process CinemaScope. "The Big Fisherman" was a novel about St. Peter and the early Christian church after the death of Jesus. Keel had been a huge star at MGM, starring in some its biggest musicals. So why exactly he was seen as appropriate for the role of Peter is not completely understood. The film was budgeted at four million dollars and even got the roadshow treatment, being the first film made in Super Panavision, a 70mm widescreen process with stereophonic sound. The movie was originally proposed to the Disney organization, but Walt had a aversion to biblical dramas. His brother Roy, however, took up the gauntlet and backed the film, using Disney's distribution company, Buena Vista, to distribute the movie. Three sheets are large format posters, printed on two separate panels which are joined together to make large display. This poster is for the 35 mm general release of the movie and the poster is graded in good but average used condition. This poster was theater used. MovieArt Austin guarantees this poster to be an authentic U.S. three sheet for this film. MovieArt Austin will sell NO reproductions.

Howard Keel - Actor
Susan Kohner - Actor
John Saxon - Actor
James Griffith - Actor
Leonard Strong - Actor

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