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Guide to the Ben Klein Movie Advertising Cuts Collection ca. 1920s-1970s

© 2007 University of Chicago Library

Descriptive Summary

Title:

Klein, Ben. Movie Advertising Cuts Collection

Dates:

ca. 1920s-1970s

Size:

8.25 linear feet [17 boxes]

Repository:

Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.

Abstract:

During his career in the printing industry, Ben Klein built a collection of thousands of movie advertising cuts representing early- and mid-twentieth century films. These small-format items would typically have been used as stock for movie advertisements. The collection represents an enormous array of 20th-century motion pictures from the 1920s to the 1970s, though the bulk of the collection relates to films produced from the 1940s-1960s.

Information on Use

Access

Open for research. No restrictions.

Citation

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Klein, Ben. Movie Advertising Cuts Collection, [Box #, Folder #], Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

During his career in the printing industry, Ben Klein built a collection of thousands of movie advertising cuts. After his retirement, he used the collection to assist in the production of advertisements.

Scope Note

Ben Klein's collection consists of movie advertising cuts from the early- and mid-twentieth century. These pieces would typically have been used as stock for movie advertisements, such as those that appear in theater listings in newspapers.

Most of the items are very small in format, measuring 2" by 4" or smaller, though some are as large as 4.5" by 6". All are black and white, with newspaper-quality printing.

The collection represents an enormous array of 20th-century motion pictures from the 1920s to the 1970s, though the bulk of the collection relates to films produced from the 1940s-1960s. The movies represented include major Hollywood features such as Gigi, Bringing Up Baby, and The Ten Commandments; genre classics such as King Kong; Johnny Guitar and Rebecca; and landmark art films such as Blow-Up and The Bicycle Thief. However, most of the cuts represent thousands of lesser-known B-movies and genre films: These include science fiction (Wild Wild Planet, Battle in Outer Space), sexploitation (Man Bait, Gutter Girls), horror (Monster A-Go-Go, Flesh Eaters), juvenile delinquency exploitation (Kitten with a Whip, Wild Youth), beach movies, biker movies, westerns, film noir, and countless other film genres and sub-genres.

Klein's original organization of his collection has been maintained: The first set of cuts is organized by title in a rough alphabetical sequence. A second set of cuts is organized by the names of famous actors appearing in the movies; this set is also arranged alphabetically. A small set of unsorted, larger-format cuts is found in the final box of the collection.

Related Resources

The following related resources are located in the Department of Special Collections:

http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/spcl/select.html

Motion Picture Stills. Collection

University of Chicago. Documentary Film Group. Records

Subject Headings

INVENTORY

Box 1

Titles, A-B

Box 2

Titles, B-C

Box 3

Titles, C-E

Box 4

Titles, E-G

Box 5

Titles, G-H

Box 6

Titles, H-L

Box 7

Titles, L-M

Box 8

Titles, M-N

Box 9

Titles, N-P

Box 10

Titles, P-S

Box 11

Titles, S

Box 12

Titles, S-T

Box 13

Titles, T-W

Box 14

Titles, W-Z, general

Box 14

Abbott and Costello

Box 14

Fred Astaire

Box 14

Gene Autry

Box 14

Humphrey Bogart

Box 14

Lucille Ball

Box 14

Marlon Brando

Box 14

James Cagney

Box 14

Charlie Chaplin

Box 14

Claudette Colbert

Box 15

Gary Cooper

Box 15

Joan Crawford

Box 15

Bing Crosby

Box 15

Bette Davis

Box 15

Errol Flynn

Box 15

Henry Fonda

Box 15

Clark Gable

Box 15

Judy Garland

Box 15

Cary Grant

Box 15

Bob Hope

Box 15

Katharine Hepburn

Box 15

Charlton Heston

Box 15

William Holden

Box 15

Rock Hudson

Box 15

Boris Karloff

Box 15

Gene Kelly

Box 15

Laurel and Hardy

Box 15

Jack Lemmon

Box 15

Sophia Loren

Box 16

Bela Lugosi

Box 16

Dean Martin

Box 16

Fred MacMurray

Box 16

Marx Brothers

Box 16

Robert Mitchum

Box 16

Marilyn Monroe

Box 16

Paul Newman

Box 16

Gregory Peck

Box 16

Elvis Presley

Box 16

Ronald Reagan

Box 16

Roy Rogers

Box 16

Frank Sinatra

Box 16

Red Skelton

Box 16

James Stewart

Box 16

Elizabeth Taylor

Box 16

Shirley Temple

Box 16

John Wayne

Box 17

4.5" x 3.5" format, unsorted

Box 17

4.5" x 6" format, unsorted