Warner Bros'. Rope slithered into movie theaters in 1948. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring James Stewart, John Dall, Farley Granger, Joan Chandler, Cedric Hardwicke and Constance Collier, Rope tells the story of a wily professor who snares two of his former students in their mad pursuit to commit the perfect crime. Made for $1.5 million, Rope debuted in Canada on August 23, 1948, capturing an Edgar Allen Poe nomination for Best Motion Picture.
Here are ten valuable Rope movie posters, lobby cards and other artifacts that are sure to interest Alfred Hitchcock fans and movie memorabilia collectors.
Rope One Sheet Movie Poster
A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine+ condition sold at auction for $717. Rope was reportedly inspired by the infamous Leopold and Loeb case, where two University of Chicago students set out to commit the "perfect murder," which turned out to be anything but...
Rope Title Lobby Card
A title lobby card (11x14-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $334.60. The title card is often the most desired entry in a lobby card set.
Rope Lobby Card
A lobby card featuring James Stewart in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $143.40. Moviegoers in 1948 might have glimpsed these cards on display in theater lobbies.
Rope Movie Stills
A collection of five original 8x10-inch black-and-white movie stills in very fine condition brought $179.25 at auction. Rope was filmed exclusively in-studio at Warner Bros. in Hollywood.
Rope Argentinean Movie Poster
An Argentinean movie poster (27x40-inches) in very good condition brought $36 at auction. Cary Grant as Rupert Cadell? Grant had been Hitchcock's first choice.
Rope French Petite Movie Poster
A French petite movie poster (23x31-inches) in folded fine+ condition fetched a top bid of $167.30 at auction. Dick Hogan, in his final film appearance, plays murder victim David Kentley.
Rope French Grande Movie Poster
A French grande movie poster (47x63-inches) in very fine- condition sold at auction for $717. Rope debuted in France on February 22, 1950. La Corde!
Rope Movie Pressbook
A movie pressbook is valued at around $50-75 in uncut condition. Pressbooks were distributed to movie theater owners for promotional purposes.
Rope Half Sheet Movie Poster
A half sheet poster (22x28-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $529.
Rope 1950s Reissue International Lobby Card Set
A complete set of eight reissue 1950s international lobby cards (11x14-inches) in very fine/near mint condition brought $253 at auction.
Rope Movie Memorabilia Credits
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