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PBS Masterpiece Theatre

PBS Masterpiece Theatre

  • I, Claudius.
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    Seymour Chwast

    I, Claudius.

    $300.00

    Year: 1977.

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    Derek Jacobi starred in this imaginative memoir of an ancient Roman Emperor, but evil was the real star of the show. A cup of poisoned wine and a serpent with a fatal bite were two of the tools of betrayal, and Chwast arranged them atop an ingenious portrait of Claudius constructed as a crumbling mosaic.

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  • Pride and Prejudice.
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    Ivan Chermayeff

    Pride and Prejudice.

    $150.00

    Year: 1980.

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    Instead of exploring the period aspects of this literary classic, Chermayeff's design takes an utterly modern tack, playing up the romance angle. The thigh-high image of a lady's white stocking superimposed on the photo of a riding boot against a scarlet background manages to suggest a delicious situation in a decorous manner that would surely bring a smile to Jane Austen's face. This multi-part performance was part of the Drawing Room Intrigue series and originally aired on October 26, 1980.

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  • Between the Wars.
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    Ivan Chermayeff

    Between the Wars.

    $150.00

    Year: 1977.

    Size: 30 x 46 in./76.2 x 116.8 cm

    Printed in 1977, it was put out by Mobil to advertise the 16-week television series showcasing American Diplomatic History from Versailles to Pearl Harbor. Hosted by Eric Sevareid, a distinguished front-line radio reporter and political commentator for CBS, this was a remarkable series. The design is simple but brilliant, starting with the flattened WWI doughboy helmet, followed by Churchill's homburg, and then finally the deep, inverted bowl-shape of WWII.

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  • Agatha Christie Stories
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    John Alcorn

    Agatha Christie Stories

    $150.00

    Year: 1983.

    Size: 30 x 46 in./76.2 x 116.8 cm

    Condition: A

    In the English-village mysteries popularized by Agatha Christie everyone is so cozy and the roses bloom so prettily that one almost neglects to notice the specter of mayhem. Alcorn announces a Mystery! series of these murderous romances and criminal comedies with the image of a sweet young thing in a frame resembling fine Haviland china.

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  • Everybody Rides the Carousel
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    Chermayeff & Geismar

    Everybody Rides the Carousel

    $100.00

    Year: 1968

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    Printed in the mid-1980s, it advertises PBS's presentation of Everybody Rides the Carousel, "an animated look at the merry-go-round of life created by John and Faith Hubley, and based on the works of Erik Erikson."

    This particular show was hosted by Cicely Tyson.

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  • The Flame Trees of Thika
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    Richard Mantel

    The Flame Trees of Thika

    $100.00

    Year: 1981

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    Printed in 1981, it advertises the PBS production of The Flame Trees of Thika based on Elspeth Huxley's memoir. The caption reads "As a child she left the misty shores of England for an eden in Africa." It starred Haley Mills.

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  • Nicholas Nickleby.
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    Seymour Chwast

    Nicholas Nickleby.

    $200.00

    Year: 1983.

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    A nine-hour broadcast on two nights, this was the televising of the marathon English production that brought Dickens to Broadway. The penniless title character is seen here, played by Roger Reese, trying to make sense of life as a host of side characters make their way all over him. Chwast's humorous line seems especially well-suited to this bunch of tatty theatrical troupers, criminals, cripples and pure-hearted maidens.

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  • The Good Soldier
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    Ivan Chermayeff

    The Good Soldier

    $150.00

    Year: 1983.

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    The 1915 Ford Madox Ford novel on which this dramatization was based has nothing to do with war except, perhaps, on a domestic level. The tale is narrated by a highly conventional, deeply oblivious husband who discovers that for the past nine years, his wife has been the mistress of his best friend, Captain Ashburnham, the apparently honorable "good soldier" of the title. It starred "Masterpiece Theater favorites" Jeremy Brett and Brett Ellis, the swashbuckling hero of Poldark. Against blocks of color, Chermayeff juxtaposes the dropped-out whiteness of the narrator's summer suit. The few details—book, high collar and buttoned vest—suggest his dispassionate nature.

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  • Love for Lydia.
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    Chuck Wilkinson

    Love for Lydia.

    $150.00

    Year: 1979.

    Size: 30 x 45 inches

    You can almost smell the lilac face powder and feel the silk-clad legs of this English flapper fatale who generates her own irresistible glow. Mel Martin played Lydia in this Masterpiece Theater tale of obsessive love; opposite her, several years before he seemed to burst on the scene in Brideshead Revisited, was a young Jeremy Irons. Since Wilkinson's painting and illustration studies at New York's Pratt Institute School of Art and Design, he has been recognized with many exhibitions and awards in the art and communications fields.

    "We cried all the way through Lydia." - John Lennon on Love for Lydia

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  • Cousin Bette.
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    Ivan Chermayeff

    Cousin Bette.

    $150.00

    Year: 1980.

    Size: 30 x 45 inches

    In addition to memorable series that were being shown for the first time, the 1981 anniversary season also included several outstanding repeats which Masterpiece Theater dubbed "Festival of Favorites." This poster makes use of Chermayeff's original 1972 design for a dramatization based on Honoré de Balzac's bitter tale of a spinster who deliberately destroys the romance between her young niece and a Polish sculptor, masking her jealous frustration behind a façade of good will. Four hearts—each ruined in a different way—evoke the emotional devastation.

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  • Danger UXB.
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    Ivan Chermayeff

    Danger UXB.

    $150.00

    Year: 1981.

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    The centerpiece of Masterpiece Theater's tenth season was a 13-part drama titled UXB (unexploded bombs). Set in England during World War II, the gripping series gave us our first look at Anthony Andrews before he went on to make his career in another Masterpiece Theater presentation Brideshead Revisited. Chermayeff uses stencil-style lettering and spattered paint to create a graphic explosion.

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  • Miss Morison’s Ghosts
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    Miss Morison’s Ghosts

    $100.00

    Year: 1983

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    Printed ca 1983, it advertises the PBS Mystery! presentation of Miss Morison's Ghosts, hosted by Vincent Price.

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  • Melissa / Mobil
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    Richard Mantel

    Melissa / Mobil

    $100.00

    Year: ca. 1970s

    30 x 46 inches

    This is an ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster designed by the artist Richard Mantel. Printed in the 1970s, it advertises the PBS Mystery! production of Francis Durbridge's Melissa.

    The caption reads: "no one really knows her--except her murderer." It was a multi-part mini series hosted by Vincent Price.

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  • Father Brown / The Divine Detective / Mobil
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    Year: ca. 1980s

    Size: 30 x 46 inches.

    This is an ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster by the famous artist Edward Gorey.

    Printed in the 1980s, it advertises the Mystery PBS presentation of Father Brown. Hosted by Vincent Price, this is a fabulous piece of television history.

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  • The Golden Bowl
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    The Golden Bowl

    $100.00

    Year: 1972

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    Printed in 1972, the poster advertises the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production of Henry James's The Golden Bowl. The caption reads: "Two marriages too close for comfort." It was a six-part mini series.

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  • Mystery! / Shades of Darkness
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    Edward Gorey

    Mystery! / Shades of Darkness

    $300.00

    Year: 1980

    30 x 46 inches

    This is is one of the many posters Edward Gorey produced for PBS's Mystery! series. This particular poster is entitled 'Shades of Darkness,' with the subtitle 'Tales that Terrify.' The lower middle text reads: "Adapted from stories by Edith Wharton, LP Hartley, Walter de la Mare, May Sinclair, and CHB Kitchin." This was a seven-part series which began airing on April 12th, hosted by the iconic Vincent Price. 

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  • Malice Aforethought
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    David Palladini

    Malice Aforethought

    $150.00

    Year: ca. 1986

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    This is an ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster by David Palladini. Printed ca. 1986, it advertises the PBS/Mobil Mystery! presentation of Malice Aforethought, based on the novel by Francis Iles. Hosted by Vincent Price, the caption reads: The story of a country doctor whose hobby was murder.

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  • The Seven Dials Mystery
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    The Seven Dials Mystery

    $100.00

    Year: 1980

    30 x 46 inches

    Printed in the 1980s, the poster advertises the PBS Mystery! production of The Seven Dials Mystery, an Agatha Christie thriller. The caption reads: "The alarm was loud enough to wake the dead." It was a two and a half hour dramatic television program starring Cheryl Campbell and Sir John Gielgud. It was hosted by Peter Ustinov.

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  • The Duchess of Duke Street
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    Ivan Chermayeff

    The Duchess of Duke Street

    $150.00

    Year: 1986

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    Printed c. 1986, it advertises the PBS/Mobil Masterpiece Theatre presentation of The Duchess of Duke Street. The caption reads: At her London hotel the cuisine was deliciously simple and the scandal simply delicious.

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  • The Racing Game
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    Richard Mandel

    The Racing Game

    $200.00

    Year: ca. 1986

    Size: 30 x 45 inches

    This is an ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster by Richard Mantel.

    Printed c. 1986, it advertises the PBS/Mobil Mystery! presentation of Dick Francis's The Racing Game, hosted by Vincent Price.

    The subtitles read: He risked anything to win, even his life.

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  • Mystery! So entertaining - It's criminal.
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    Year: 1981.

    Size: 30 x 45 inches

    This poster advertises the second season of PBS' Mystery! anthology series.

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  • Sweeney Todd
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    Edward Gorey

    Sweeney Todd

    $300.00

    Year: 1982

    30 x 46 inches

    With a cult following, Gorey’s designs bring to mind macabre Edwardian and Victorian sensibilities, always with a side of wicked humor. In 1980, he was commissioned by PBS to create a variety of posters for its ongoing Mystery! series, as well as its animated introduction. With far less detail than his other images, this chilling design for the Demon Barber of Fleet Street strikes a delightfully ominous chord.

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  • Masterpiece Theatre 10th Anniversary Season
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    Ivan Chermayeff & Geismar

    Masterpiece Theatre 10th Anniversary Season

    $100.00

    Year: 1980

    30 x 46 inches

    This is an ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster by Ivan Chermayeff and Geismar. Printed in 1980, it advertises the 10th Anniversary season of PBS's Masterpiece Theater, highlighted by their Festival of Favorites.

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  • Minstrel Man
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    Ivan Chermayeff & Geismar

    Minstrel Man

    $400.00

    Year: 1977

    Size: 30 x 46 inches

    This is the ORIGINAL FIRST PRINTING of this poster by the artistic duo Chermayeff and Geismar. Printed in 1977, it was created to advertise the made-for-tv mini-series of Minstrel Man, the story of 2 black men working in show biz during the early 20th century.

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