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This week’s showcase – Marijuana, reefer madness and LSD

Drugs have always been a staple theme for exploitation movies but the nature of the coverage has changed over the years. Early films from the 1930’s were just thinly veiled propaganda designed to frighten potential users away from the evils of drug abuse. Accuracy was not a strong point and some of these films were even re-released by the pro-marijuana lobby in the 70’s as comedies. Moving forward to the hippy revolution of the late 60’s, we see a completely different approach designed to connect with a more informed and experimental youth culture. The anti-drug films still existed but they were now balanced by more positive movies including the supremely weird Acid Eaters and the Beatles’ wacky animated Yellow Submarine.

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Assassin of Youth Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Assassin of Youth 1937 US 1 sht - 27"X41" Fine £4,995
Notes: This 1937 exploitation film from director Elmer Clifton details the alleged ill effects of cannabis or "marihuana" on America's youth. Similar to the better known Reefer Madness, the picture represents the exaggerated anti-drug propaganda of the time.  This is a rare one sheet poster from the first release. Like many low budget, low circulation exploitation films, the poster was a hand drawn screen print produced in small numbers rather than printed on a regular machine press. This not only makes it much rarer than other movie posters, the process also gives the design stronger bolder colours. This example is in excellent original condition with no fading and minimal yellowing of the paper. There is a little edge wear at the corners and archival tape repairs to fold separations but these do not detract from the overall presentation and it looks stunning.
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Marihuana Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Marihuana 1936 US - 28"x41" Fine/Near Mint £2,250
Notes: Weird orgies! Wild parties! Unleashed passions!... Seminal exploitation movie by Dwaine Esper that carried on doing the rounds of backstreet cinemas for many years, becoming a cult movie in the 50's and 60's. A young girl named Burma attends a beach party and smokes marijuana with a bunch of other girls. This leads to her downfall. She gets pregnant, another girl drowns while skinny dipping in the ocean, Burma eventually becomes a major narcotics pusher in her own right after giving up her baby for adoption. Over the years, there were a number of variants of this poster featuring slightly different lettering and artwork. This example dates from the first release in 1936, lightly folded in wonderful original condition with no fading of the colours. A rare opportunity.
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Yellow Submarine Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Yellow Submarine 1968 UK quad - 40"x30" Very Good on linen £1,750
Notes: Rare UK country of origin poster for what was one of the best animated films ever. The Beatles are spirited away in the yellow submarine to save Pepperland from the dreaded Blue Meanies. Along the way, they encounter surreal creatures and outrageous landscapes - it's a hallucinogenic journey for the armchair tripper. This poster is linen backed with airbrushing to the white background and restoration to the titles in the bottom two inches of the poster. Despite this the poster presents well and, with mint examples fetching £3,000+, it is priced at a substantial discount to the market.
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Acid Eaters Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Acid Eaters 1968 US 1 sht - 27"X41" Near Mint on linen £1,450
Notes: Rare country of origin US 1 sheet poster for this classic hippy psychedelic drug exploitation movie from 1968. Films and posters rarely capture the zeitgeist like this with wild artwork and naked women on the poster. Linen backed in superb condition. N.B. This poster was printed slightly oversize at 28" x 41.75". This is normal for this title, not a mistake.
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Acid House Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Acid House 1998 US 1 sht - 27"x40" Near Mint £35
Notes: Three twisted tales of abuse, drugs, displaced personalities and insect life by Scottish writer Irving Welsh. This is from the first US release in 1998, rolled in superb condition.
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Alice's Restaurant Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Alice's Restaurant 1969 Australian daybill - 13"x26" Near Mint £30
Notes: Inspired by Arlo Guthrie's song by the same name, this was a product of the 1960's hippy culture and starred the man himself. This is from the first release in Australia, lightly folded in excellent condition.
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Cannabis Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Cannabis 1970 Belgian - 14"x22" Fine £95
Notes: Cannabis is a gangster movie starring Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. This is the poster from the first release in Belgium, lightly folded in excellent condition
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Hallucination Generation Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Hallucination Generation 1966 US 1 sht - 27"x41" Fine £65
Notes: Drug focused exploitation movie based in Ibiza. From the first release in 1966, folded as issued. N.B. This is a rare trifold with no vertical foldline and hence no crossfold..
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Lujuria de Marijuana Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Lujuria de Marijuana 1968 Mexican 1 sheet - 27" x 37" Near Mint £245
Notes: Exploitation thriller set in Acapulco and focusing upon the perils of marijuana smoking. Released in 1968, the year after the 1967 summer of love, the whole world was talking about the new psychedelic world of drugs. This is a mexican country of origin poster with stunning artwork, rolled in excellent condition.
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Man with the Golden Arm Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Man with the Golden Arm 1955 US window card - 14"x22" Very Good/Fine £195
Notes: Otto Preminger's ground-breaking 1955 film about heroin addiction with Frank Sinatra giving the performance of his life as the drug addicted card sharp Frankie Machine, the Man with the Golden Arm. Featuring the iconic Saul Bass artwork that was used worldwide, this is the first release window card from the USA, folded in excellent condition.
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Man with the Golden Arm Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Man with the Golden Arm 1955 UK quad - 40"x30" Fine on linen £1,250
Notes: Otto Preminger's ground-breaking 1955 film about heroin addiction with Frank Sinatra giving the performance of his life as the drug addicted card sharp Frankie Machine, the Man with the Golden Arm. Featuring the iconic Saul Bass artwork that was used worldwide , this is the super rare first release UK quad from the UK, linen backed in excellent condition with some airbrushing to the white background.
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Maryjane Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Maryjane 1968 US 1 sht - 27"x41" Fine £85
Notes: 2 are in jail & the others have blown their minds!... the shocking FACTS behind the marijuana controversy. Fabian plays a high school art teacher who is framed and busted while trying to convince the school principal that grass isn't such a bad thing. Diane McBain plays a fellow teacher who has her own problems to deal with. This poster is from the film's first release, folded as originally issued to cinemas.
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Narcotic Story Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Narcotic Story 1958 US 1 sht - 27"x41" Near Mint £145
Notes: The Whole Story...From the First "Connection" to the "Hooked" Addict! Intended as a police information film, it was then given the sexploitation treatment and released to the general public. This poster is from the film's first release in 1958. Unusually, it is not folded - almost all posters were machine folded straight from the printer.
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Opio - La Droga Maldita Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Opio - La Droga Maldita 1949 Mexican 1 sht - 27"x37" Fine on linen £895
Notes: Very rare and sought after anti drug film from Mexico with stunning artwork. This one has been linen backed and presents superbly.
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Pot! Parents! Police! Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Pot! Parents! Police! 1972 US 1 sht - 27"X41" Fine £65
Notes: Also released as the Cat ate the Parakeet, this is a later 1970's re-release in classic exploitation style. A tale of misunderstood hippies, drugs and parental and police disapproval. Folded as issued.
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Psych-out Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Psych-out 1968 US 1 sht - 27"x41" Fine £65
Notes: Jack Nicholson stars in this 1968 drug-scene movie that captures the mood of the time perfectly. Superb zeitgeist movie. Folded as issued.
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Psych-out Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Psych-out 1968 US 30" x 40" Fine £95
Notes: Jack Nicholson stars in this 1968 drug-scene movie that captures the mood of the time perfectly. Superb zeitgeist movie. Rolled in excellent condition.
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Reefer Madness Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Reefer Madness 1936 US 1 sht - 27"x41" Very Good/Fine £95
Notes: Originally titled 'Tell Your Children', Reefer Madness is probably the most successful exploitation movie of all time, becoming a cult movie in the 60's and 70's. It's a cautionary tale featuring a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music. This poster is from a 70's rerelease, folded as originally issued to cinemas.
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Reefer Madness Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Reefer Madness 1936 US - 17"x22" Fine £95
Notes: Tell Your Children', Reefer Madness is probably the most successful exploitation movie of all time, becoming a cult movie in the 60's and 70's. It's a cautionary tale featuring a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music. This poster is from a 70's rerelease, folded as originally issued to cinemas, with light corner damage to two corners.
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Reefer Madness Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Reefer Madness 1936 18" x 23" special Fine £125
Notes: Tell Your Children', Reefer Madness is probably the most successful exploitation movie of all time, becoming a cult movie in the 60's and 70's. It's a cautionary tale featuring a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music. This poster is from a 70's re-release, folded as originally issued to cinemas.
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Reefer Madness Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Reefer Madness 1936 US 17" x 22" Very Good/Fine £75
Notes: Originally titled 'Tell Your Children', Reefer Madness is probably the most successful exploitation movie of all time, becoming a cult movie in the 60's and 70's. It's a cautionary tale featuring a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music. This poster is from a 70's re-release, folded as originally issued to cinemas.
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Reefer Madness (Burning Question) Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Reefer Madness (Burning Question) 1936 US - 28" x 42" Fine £125
Notes: Tell Your Children', Reefer Madness is probably the most successful exploitation movie of all time, becoming a cult movie in the 60's and 70's. It's a cautionary tale featuring a fictionalized and highly exaggerated take on the use of marijuana. A trio of drug dealers lead innocent teenagers to become addicted to "reefer" cigarettes by holding wild parties with jazz music. This poster is from a 60's rerelease, folded as originally issued to cinemas.
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Trip Original Vintage Movie Poster  
Title Year Nominal size Condition Price
Trip 1967 US 1 sht - 27"x41" Near Mint £145
Notes: Unapologetic rendering of an acid trip, told without much melodrama and a great deal of nervy style. A square television director (Peter Fonda, trying his best to look like a nerd in a V-neck sweater takes LSD and drops out. Screenplay was by Jack Nicholson. The Trip is an important early episode in the portrayal of drug culture on screen, two years before Easy Rider. From the first release in 1967, this is a rare tri-folded copy with no vertical fold line.
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