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Five Original Stills based on Benton's Character - Steinbeck, John (sourcework)] - 1940. 
[Los Angeles: 2oth Century-Fox, 1940]. - Five original 8 x 10" glossy b&w stills. Pencil numbers on two versos, otherwise near fine. Thomas Hart Benton prepared several works as publicity pieces for John Ford's 1940 film version of Steinbeck's novel, most famously a version of THE DEPARTURE OF THE JOADS that was incorporated in several of the differing styles of posters. He also prepared a series of portraits of the characters, but these were not incorporated in the posters, but rather utilized in the theatre program that was offered at the opening exhibitions of the film. They were also reproduced in the form of six stills (according to the negative numbers - only five are present here), evidently in very limited quantities as they are quite scarce. Apart from an appearance by this same group at auction in 2008, we've not encountered another.
[Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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