Vintage original 11 x 14 in. U.S. lobby card from the silent film drama, MONTE CRISTO, released in 1922 by the Fox Film Corporation and directed by Emmett J. Flynn.
The image features a medium shot of a ragged-looking Edmond Dantes (John Gilbert), a prisoner in a dungeon, as he tries to break through the stone wall between his cell and that of his fellow prisoner Abbé Faria (Spottiswoode Aitken). Also features on this card are two different images of Gilbert: one of him as a young man before his imprisonment (lower left) and one of him as an older man as he triumphantly emerges from the waters onto the island of Monte Cristo after escaping from the dungeon he was held in for 20 years. It is unrestored in fine condition.
PLEASE NOTE: We believe the lobby cards from the set that we are selling were printed for the film's original 1922 theatrical release, as they do not mention John Gilbert's name on them. We have seen two other similar sets that state either "William Fox Presents John Gilbert in MONTE CRISTO" or "William Fox Presents MONTE CRISTO With John Gilbert" in the credits box on the scene cards. The cards mentioning his name indicate to us that they were printed at a later time after his star was on the rise, which makes the cards that we are offering much more desirable.
*"Monte Cristo is a 1922 American silent drama film produced and distributed by Fox Film Corporation and directed by Emmett J. Flynn. It is based on the 1844 novel The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, which was adapted by 19th century thespian Charles Fechter and written for this screen version by Bernard McConville. John Gilbert plays the hero with Estelle Taylor as the leading lady. This film was long thought lostuntil a print surfaced in the Czech Republic. The film has been released on DVD, packaged with Gilbert's 1926 MGM film Bardelys the Magnificent."
*"Based upon the famous novel by Alexandre Dumas père, Dantes, a young French sailor, is snatched from the arms of his bride, Mercedes, and placed in a dungeon on charges of treason trumped up by Danglars, Fernand, and De Villefort. Dantes tunnels into the cell of the Abbé Faria, spends the next 20 years receiving the benefits of the Abbé's great fund of knowledge, then escapes by substituting himself for Faria's dead body. After finding a treasure on the island of Monte Cristo with a map given to him by the Abbé, Dantes returns to France, eventually gets revenge on all of his enemies, and is reunited with Mercedes."
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)
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