New York Musical Festival – 2019 NYMF Auction
Auction Ends: Dec 3, 2019 11:59 PM EST


Gershwin Damsel in Distress Package

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Estimated Value
$185 USD
Opening Bid
$62 USD

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Item Description

Framed Movie Poster - A Damsel in Distress

Own this piece of musical theater history! Large Framed movie poster of the 1937 English-themed Hollywood musical comedy film A Damsel in Distress

About the Movie: 

Lossely based upon the P.G Wodehouse 1919 novel of the same name and the 1928 stage play written by Wodehouse and Ian Hay.  The movie featured music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, was directed by George Stevens, and had an all-star cast including Fred Astaire, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Joan Fountaine, Reginald Gardener, Ray Noble, Constance Collier, Mantagu Love and Harry Weston.  It was the second and last Fred Astaire musical directed by Stevens. 

The framed poster dimensions are approximately 30 1/4 by 44 inches (76.835 by  111.76 cm).  Frame is a woodfinish and in beautiful condition.  The poster itself has Fred Astaire, George Burns and Gracie Allen's names above the title an RKO Radio logo in the bottom left corner. and includes crediting of all above named creative talent as well as producer Pandros S. Berman.  

Framed "Things Are Looking Up" Cover & Sheet Music Page

Own this piece of musical theatre history with this framed copy of the cover sheet and first page of sheet music of the song "Things Are Looking Up" from A Damsel in Distress".  

Written by George and Ira Gershwin this song was introduced in the 1937 film version of Damsel in Distress and was sung by Fred Astaire.  It is billed as one of Gershwin's "most beautiful, yet under appreciated ballads" - John Mueller.  In the movie it was followed by a romantic dance break with co-star Joan Fountaine.  ]

Lyrics on first page of cover sheet read:  

If I should suddenly start to sing/

Or stand on my head or anything/

Don't think that I've lost my senses/

Its just that my happiness finally commences/ 

The long, long ages of...

Frame measures approximately 29 1/2 by 22 1/2 inches (74.93 by 57.15 cm) and is black with signs of distressing on corners and edges. 

Special Instructions

Framed Movie Poster - A Damsel in Distress

Please note above dimension of framed poster.  All artwork is sold "as is".  Shipping will be charged seperatetly and is not included in bid price.  If winner is locale to New York City area, hand delivery may be possible.  

 Framed "Things Are Looking Up" Cover & Sheet Music Page

All donated artwork is sold "as is". Shipping for artwork will be billed seperately and is not included in bidding price. If winner is in local New York City area, hand deliverly may be possible.