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Movie Merchandising – He’s A Doll!

Motion picture studios left no stone unturned in their quest to market their movies. Therefore, movie merchandising, which reached its apex with films like STAR WARS, started with the dawn of film. Just like female stars, male stars were presented in doll form during the height of their popularity. Over the years, such stars as George Arliss, John Bunny, Eddie Cantor, W. C. Fields, Charles Lindberg, Lupino Lane, Rudolph Valentino, Charlie Chaplin, Jackie Coogan, Clark Gable, Sean Connery, Rex Harrison as Dr. Doolittle and Elvis Presley, all became dolls.  

While the male doll is a neglected aspect of movie memorabilia, many celebrated figures were presented for fans of all ages during these last 100+ years. Some were eccentric or flamboyant characters but they came into being because they touched the heart, were known for their comedy, their adventuresome spirit, their music or charisma, making them a desired commodity.  They are an important element in the history and marketing of American motion pictures and why WalterFilm has chosen to feature them in our 2023 Holiday Blog.

Hollywood Movie Memorabilia, Motion Picture Marketing

The Essence of was never meant to be a large website, it was intended to be an exclusive boutique featuring some of the greatest objects Walter Reuben could find. A website that would appeal to him as a collector of “movie memorabilia” – reflecting his own personal tastes and interests. 

He deliberately chose to go after only the best original vintage film collectibles: posters, lobby cards, photographs, even costume designs. Today, that boutique has grown to include movie scripts, rare books, assorted memorabilia, African Americana, and LGBTQ related material.  

The following videos explore the essence of what has come together to create – now one of the foremost dealers in providing museums, universities, libraries, and private collectors around the world, with an ever-changing collection of exceptional original vintage material.

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Introduction To WalterFilm

Collecting The Silent Era

Collecting Lobby Cards

Collecting Movie Photographs

Collecting Movie Posters

Collecting Saul Bass Posters

Collecting Literature To Film

Collecting Oscar Posters

Collecting Film Noir

African Americana In 1930 + 1940 Films

We Purchase Film & TV Scripts, Story Boards, Photographs, Posters & Memorabilia

FEATURING: Walter Reuben, Woolsey Ackerman, Ira Resnick, author of STARSTRUCK, Kevin Johnson – Royal Books, Roy Simperman – Collector

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Hollywood Movie Memorabilia

When it comes to Hollywood Movie Memorabilia, much of WalterFilm’s vintage original stock might be considered “Hollywood” because a substantial amount of material either comes from Hollywood or references it. And when it comes to “Movie Memorabilia”, a large portion of what we offer could fit that description as well. But we do try to clearly define, describe and date each object we present as a vintage original poster, photograph, script, etc.

However, sometimes items come along that are difficult to define and ‘Hollywood Movie Memorabilia” provides an excellent catch all.

MGM Advertising Pull-Outs

The first three items are of particular note: they are vintage original 9 x 12″ (22 x 30 cm.) Metro-Goldwin-Mayer advertising pull-outs on card stock for three movies starring Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney. 

They were created for the industry publication The Lion’s Roar by the famous  caricature artist Jacques Kapralik, They each were created in three dimension using elements of yarn, fabric, paper, buttons, sequins and miniature creations to highlight the themes and elements found in the film’s story.


See above photograph.

The film’s “let’s put on a show” theme was presented at its most spectacular in this Busby Berkeley extravaganza produced by Arthur Freed.


Life Begins For Andy Hardy

The two stars are featured in a New York City setting when Betsy Booth (Garland), daughter to a Broadway actress, shows “Smalltown, USA” Andy Hardy (Rooney) the ropes of making it in the big city.


Girl Crazy

The last and likely the finest of the grand MGM Mickey and Judy musicals featured a superb score by George and Ira Gershwin and a story set at a dude ranch college.


[Los Angeles, 1972]. Vintage original artwork on illustration board, 8 1/2 x 9 5/8″ (21 x 24.5 cm.) on 13 7/8 x 15 1/2″ (35.5 x 40 cm.). 

Kenneth Anger (filmmaker, artist) Original artwork used for the opening shot of Kenneth Anger’s experimental film LUCIFER RISING, which was his attempt to depict the age of the hippies. In this film, Egyptian gods summon the angel Lucifer to usher in a new occult age.


Las Vegas: Hotel Sahara, [1953]. Vintage original 9 1/2 x 8 1/8″ (24 x 21 cm.) die-cut promotional flyer. A holograph note indicates that someone attended this show on Monday, November 16, 1953. Near fine.

“A New York Daily News article in late ’52 that brought instant notoriety to Christine Jorgensen, the first person in the US to become famous for having sex reassignment surgery. Celebrity agent Charles Yates teamed with Jorgensen to turn this notoriety into an unlikely nightclub act. The Sahara booked Jorgensen for a summer 1953 engagement with singer Marguerite Piazza and dancer Gene Nelson, but was fired when both Piazza and Nelson protested the co-billing.

Jorgensen sued the hotel.“Jorgensen was a controversial figure in the press, treated with sensationalism, praise, respectful curiosity, and indignantly. The Sahara’s firing was done with a public letter that began, ‘Dear sir’. Despite this, Jorgensen was rescheduled at the Sahara and opened in November that year. A mostly-positive column about the show in the Las Vegas Review Journal commented that Jorgensen was ‘either an opportunist of supreme magnitude or an individual of indescribable courage.’ Jorgensen returned to Las Vegas later for a show at Silver Slipper. 

ED EMSHWILLER (ca. 1980) Signed letter

[Los Angeles, ca. 1980] Original two page autograph signed letter, 11 x 8.5″ (28 x 22 cm.), folded once for mailing, near fine.

A letter from pioneering experimental filmmaker Ed Emshwiller to Doug Edwards, who was at that time the leading figure in Los Angeles for the showing of avant-garde film. In this fascinating letter, he lists each of the four films which he has selected for Edwards to screen, with a succinct paragraph describing each one: LIFE LINES (1960); THANATOPSIS (1962); RELATIVITY (1966); and SCAPE-MATES (1972).


[East] Berlin, Deutsche Akademie der Künste zu Berlin, 1968. Printed wrappers, 24 pp. Light wear to wrappers, VERY GOOD+.

A pamphlet issued to honor Paul Robeson’s seventieth birthday. Contains photos documenting Robeson’s varied visits to the USSR and then-East Germany, as well as commentary on his artistic and political careers.

SHE’S A HE – Lynn Carter (1957) Vinyl record

New York: Fiesta Records, [1957]. Vintage original 12 x 12″ (31 x 31 cm.) vinyl LP record. Very good+ in pictorial sleeve.

The front sleeve states “Introducing Mr. Lynn Carter, America’s foremost female impersonator.”

Lynn Carter was a headliner in the Jewel Box Revue, a racially inclusive traveling revue of what were then dubbed female impersonators. The show was staffed almost entirely by gay men and one lesbian. OCLC only records one known copy.

AGNÈS VARDA (ca. 1965-77) Archive

Portrait of Varda (ca.1965) 7 x 5″ (18 x 13 cm.) black-and-white print still photo;

Collection of vintage original French promotional materials, all just about fine or better.

  • LE BONHEUR [HAPPINESS] (1965)  Pressbook
  • LES CRÉATURES [THE CREATURES] (1968) Pressbook
  • LION’S LOVE (1969) US two-sided poster, 23 x 19″ (59 x 49 cm.)
  • L’UNE CHANTE, L’AUTRE PAS (1977) Promotional book

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Alexa Foreman Interview

For many years, Alexa Foreman worked with Walterfilm’s Woolsey Ackerman researching and producing a multitude of documentaries and on-air programing for Turner Classic Movies. She was Robert Osborne’s left and right hand in creating his on-air hosting segments and was the primary producer of the Turner Classic Movies on-camera archival interviews that told Hollywood’s history in the words of those who were there.

Robert Osborne and Alexa Foreman on Turner Classic Movies
Robert Osborne and Alexa Foreman on Turner Classic Movies

Her latest project as researcher on the book Warner Bros: 100 Years of Storytelling by MarkA Vieira celebrates Warner Brothers Studios 100th Anniversary. Here is her thoughts on its history and significance.

Thank you so much Woolsey! Please forgive me if I leave out anyone’s favorite Warner Bros. star, director or picture.

What, in your opinion, would be the keyword that would sum up the unique history and product of Warner Bros as a motion picture studio? (direction, production, editing, scripting, music, etc.)



The Studio experimented with sound, had a radio station KFWB, used current themes “ripped from the headlines”, corned the market on Depression musicals, and was the first major American studio to confront the Nazi threat in Europe, not to mention the studio’s award winning Animation department.

A young Darryl F. Zanuck helped shape the studio and its product, and later producers Hal Wallis and Jerry Wald who were majors players.

There are so many others including cinematographers, editors and screenwriters, but I do want to mention composers Max Steiner and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

Who were these Warner Brothers? Where did they come from and how were they uniquely apt to make movies?

There were four brothers involved with the studio: Harry, Albert, Sam and Jack. They came from a family of Polish Jews, and had tried everything from running a bowling alley to selling meat. Sam was the visionary who saw the future in moving pictures and bought a used Kinetoscope. That was the start.

Vintage original 12 x 8″ (30 x 20 cm.) midget/mini window card,

For the studio which was incorporated formally in 1923, each brother had his own function: Harry was company president, Albert was treasurer and Sam and Jack were in charge of production.

It’s fascinating to wonder about how the studio would be different if Sam had lived. Of the 4, he was the pioneer.He pushed the brothers into sound pictures and other technology. Tragically – and unbelievably – he died the day before The Jazz Singer premiered in New York City.

Today, Jack is probably the most known and he was the one with the eye for talent, but he also wasn’t fair to his two remaining brothers in his later business dealings.

What. in your opinion, are a few of the WB best movies? Best picture or not? Movies that put them on the map?

I am going to play it safe here and list some of the studio’s most important pictures:

The Jazz Singer (1927) – the first “sound” picture established WB as a studio to be reckoned, Little Caesar (1931) – the studio’s first gangster picture, 42nd Street (1933) was the first in a series of wonderful Busby Berkeley choreographed backstage musicals. (Only WB would mix in “escapism” while still reminding audiences that it was the Depression!), Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) – this was the first picture from a major studio to show American audiences that the Nazi threat was real, Casablanca (1942) was and is still the most requested movie on TCM, House of Wax (1953) – the first color 3D picture with stereophonic sound, Sergeant Rutledge (1960) a movie released by a major studio with a Black leading manFEARLESS.

Who are the great stars of Warner Brothers classic Hollywood contract days— what set them apart?

Rin Tin Tin was actually the first star at the fledgling studio. And, when the studio took over First National Pictures in 1929, it inherited stars such as Richard Barthelmess, and Loretta Young. Other early stars were Al Jolson, George Arliss, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor (later an Oscar winning Supporting Actress). Arliss, John Barrymore, and Mary Astor (later an Oscar winning Supporting Actress).

In the 1930s, there were Kay Francis (one of my favorites), Ruth Chatterton, Barbara Stanwyck, Joan Blondell, Paul Muni, James Cagney, Glenda Farrell, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and Errol Flynn. and, of course, Bette Davis was one of a kind.

Vintage original 11 x 15″ (29 x 38 cm.) double weight matte finish hand-colored promotional poster for Warner Brothers Pictures, France. Near fine
Vintage original 8 x 10″ (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo. Some wear and two tiny tears to the right side blank white margin, near fine.

Then came Ida Lupino, Claude Rains, Eleanor Parker, and Jane Wyman. Joan Crawford arrived from MGM and won an Oscar right off the bat.

The late 1940s brought Doris Day, and during the 1950s and 60s came Burt Lancaster, Randolph Scott, James Dean, Tab Hunter, Natalie Wood, Alan Ladd, John Wayne and later Clint Eastwood. Plus, let’s not forget Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweety.

Three of the stars James Cagney, Olivia de Havilland and Bette Davis actively disagreed with the studio’s rule of adding on time to their seven year contracts when they went on suspension. They went on suspension usually because they were being offered sub par roles — de Havilland sued and won. It is now know as the De Havilland Law.

Vintage original 10 1/4 x 13 1/2″ (26 x 32 cm.) black-and-white double weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo. Ink stamped “Please Credit ‘MUKY’ from Warner Bros”. Fin

Who are the great character actors, what were their careers like under contract to WB?

Aline MacMahon, Allen Jenkins, Charles Coburn, Eve Arden, Jack Carson, Guy Kibbee, Wallace Ford, Ruth Donnelly, Lyle Talbot, Conrad Veidt, Lee Patrick, Frank McHugh, Robert Barrat, Ian Hunter, Alan Hale, Andrea King, Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet. Legendary Hattie McDaniel worked at Warner Bros. at times despite her busy schedule with other studios.

Name a few of Warner Bros. top directors and a bit about their working techniques!?

Michael Curtiz, William Dieterle, Lloyd Bacon, Howard Hawks, Raoul Walsh, William Wellman, Edmund Goulding, John Huston, Vincent Sherman and for a short time, Alfred Hitchcock. It was a nonstop assembly line in those days and directors had to be able to handle every genre. Look at Curtiz: dramas, musicals, war movies, adventures, mysteries, comedies, westerns, horror and film noir.

Classic era studio’s involved themselves in community outreach particularly during World War II.

A Brief Story of Hollywood Canteen

Two of WB’s most dynamic stars, Bette Davis and John Garfield, started the Hollywood Canteen in 1942 for servicemen and women (black and white) to have an evening being entertained by and interacting with movie stars and personalities. It was an all volunteer staff of cooks, servers, and dishwashers made up of celebrities.

How do you go about doing your research for a book project like this and after all your years of discovering Hollywood history, what did you find to be the most surprising in you work on this project?

I use autobiographies, biographies, studio histories, the Motion Picture Academy website, the American Film Institute catalogue, and newspaper articles. When I started at TCM, there was no internet. I used books for my research. I still do mostly and I avoid Wikipedia and trivia that is on movie info websites.

I was most surprised about the history of fires on the Warners backlot. In 1934, a fire started near the set of Black Fury and destroyed part of the New York street, the studio’s crafts department, a prop warehouse and – tragically – original negatives from early Vitaphone and First National films stored in the vaults. Later, there were three fires in 1952, another in 1963, and another in 1983.


Alexa Foreman has used her skills as a researcher and producer primarily at Turner Classic Movies for over 25 years – starting with the launch of the network in 1994. While there, she was an integral part of TCM, which specialized in airing uncut and commercial free classic movies – the channel earning a Peabody Award in the process.

She is author of Women in Motion published in 1983, and co-author of In The Picture: Production Stills from the TCM Archives from 2004, as well as contributor to Leading Ladies, Leading Men and Leading Couples.

She has written, directed and produced a documentary entitled Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor, which concerns actress Mary Astor and her 1936 fight to gain custody of her daughter. The documentary premiered at the TCM Film Festival in Los Angeles in April 2018. 

Hollywood Movie Memorabilia

WalterFilm buys Movie Scripts, Television Scripts & Movie Memorabilia

My company, Walter Reuben, Inc., actively buys movie and television scripts as well as movie memorabilia. It doesn’t matter what kind of movie or TV show it is: popular or obscure, low budget, indie film, or large studio spectacular. This includes horror movies, TV sitcoms, Oscar winning dramas or silly comedies. I can buy a few scripts or a large collection.

Los Angles is Filled with Scripts

People who work in the film and television industry, in a variety of capacities, may have valuable assets in the scripts they, their parents or a relative has worked on. I have acquired scripts directly from writers, actors, and crew members, as well as the estates of people who worked in the industry.

Movie Memorabilia

In addition to scripts, there are story boards, models, and, of course, props, as well as a variety of additional items that have been directly connected to a particular production, many of which have value.

Knowledge, Experience & Fair Play

However, not everything has value just because the item was associated with a film or television show. I have had a lifetime of experience buying such collections. Here is a descriptive list of Walter Film Collections and information on our Curatorship. In addition, I make every effort to treat people fairly.

If you believe you have material that might be of interest, please contact me at or 323-422-1564.

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