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Original 1929 Hoot Gibson Silent Western Movie Poster - One Sheet "points West" For Sale
Very Rare and wonderful, original, 1929, Universal Pictures, stone lithograph, Western Silent Movie Poster for the film "Points West" starring Hoot Gibson. This striking, original, B” Western Feature” Film Poster measures approx. 27" by 40 1/2" (One Sheet Size) and features a Classic Western Film image of Hoot Gibson engaged in what appears to be a barroom fight with some very unsavory characters.
Text below the central image reads “Carl Laemmle Presents / Hoot Gibson / in Points West.”. This 1929 Film from Universal Pictures was directed by Arthur Rosson and co-starred Alberta Vaughn. This was one of the last Silent Films that Hoot Gibson appeared in before he became one of the few movie stars to make the successful transition to talkies. The Poster features bright and bold colors and the image is a classic example of the American Western Films of the 1920's and early 1930's - full of action, flair and illustrating the strength and heroism of the Cowboy western Stars like Hoot Gibson, Harry Cary, Tim McCoy and Tom Mix.
This 1929 Feature Film starred Hoot Gibson as Cole Lawson Jr. - the “good guy” who goes undercover as a bandit to infiltrate the gang responsible for his father's death. As always, Gibson uses guile and wit instead of brute force to unmask and apprehend the guilty party (nasty-looking Frank Campeau). The story was written by the prolific B.M. Bowers (aka: novelist Bertha Muzzy Sinclair).
This wonderful example of American Western Movie Poster Art is printed on poster stock of the era and has a stiff, paper backing with a large hand ink stamp that reads "Photoplay Advert. Co. / Positively Not Sold". This stamp and the backing appear to be from the period when the Poster was issued but we have not been able to uncover any information about the Company or its connection to this poster.
The Poster is in very good, unrestored condition. The colors are bright and vibrant and the Poster displays nicely. There are vertical and horizontal creases as issued and the stiff paper backing has 3 strong but unobtrusive, horizontal creases. The Poster is offered "as found" with surface dust that wipes off on your hand but no staining or deep soiling to the image area. The margins do exhibit soiling and there are a few small edge chips (affecting the margin areas only) as can be seen in the scans below. There is a 2 1/2" edge tear that enters the sheet near the center of the left hand edge and there is some edge wear to the outer edge of the lower portion of the right hand margin (see the scans below). There is also an old tape repair to a tear at the lower left hand corner (tape is applied to the back of the stiff paper backing and has not caused any discoloration.
While the Poster will display very nicely with a light surface cleaning and a quality matting and framing, it is certainly deserving of a professional restoration and linen backing and once restored it will be worthy of a place at the center of even the most advanced Western Americana or Western Film Poster Collection!!
A very rare and very attractive, 1929 Hoot Gibson Western Movie / Silent Film Poster with outstanding Cowboy Western Graphics and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!
A Bit About Cowboy Film Star Hoot Gibson
Hoot Gibson (August 6, 1892 – August 23, 1962)
was born Edmund Richard Gibson in Tekamah, Nebraska, he learned to ride a horse while still a very young boy. His family moved to California when he was seven years old. At the age of thirteen he ran away from home to join a circus. He later returned to his roots of ranching and worked as a horse wrangler. By 1907 he signed a contract with the Dick Stanley-Bud Atkinson Wild West Show and would tour throughout the nation.
As a teenager he worked with horses on a ranch, which led to competition on bucking broncos at area rodeos. Given the nickname "Hoot Owl" by co-workers, the name evolved to just "Hoot".
In 1910, film director Francis Boggs was looking for experienced cowboys to appear in his silent film short, Pride of the Range. Gibson and another future star of Western films, Tom Mix, were hired. Gibson made a second film for Boggs in 1911. After the director was killed by a deranged employee, Gibson was hired by director Jack Conway to appear in his 1912 Western, His Only Son.
Acting for Gibson was then a minor sideline and he continued competing in rodeos to make a living. In 1912 he won the all-around championship at the famous Pendleton Round-Up in Pendleton, Oregon and the steer roping World Championship at the Calgary Stampede.
Gibson's career was temporarily interrupted with service in the United States Army during World War I. When the war ended, he returned to the rodeo business and became good friends with Art Acord, a fellow cowboy and movie actor. The two participated in summer rodeo then went back to Hollywood for the winter to do stunt work. For several years, Gibson had secondary film roles (primarily in Westerns) with stars such as Harry Carey. By 1921 the demand for cowboy pictures was so great that Gibson began receiving offers for leading roles. Some of these offers came from up-and-coming film director John Ford, with whom Gibson developed a lasting friendship and working relationship.
From the 1920s through the 1940s, Hoot Gibson was a major film attraction, ranking second only to Tom Mix as a western film box office draw. He successfully made the transition to talkies and as a result became a highly paid performer. He appeared in his own comic books and was wildly popular until singing cowboys such as Gene Autry and Roy Rogers displaced him. In 1933, Gibson injured himself when he crashed his plane while racing cowboy star Ken Maynard in the National Air Races. Later, the two friends teamed up to make a series of low budget movies in the twilight of their careers.
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Original 1929 Hoot Gibson Silent Western Movie Poster - One Sheet "points West": $489