Saturday, January 27, 2018

Collectibles: Illustrierter Film-Kurier

Born to Battle 1926
Film programs have long been used as a form of advertising for the latest and greatest releases from Hollywood. One of the most popular ones published in Germany and Austria was Illustrierter Film-Kurier. Originally published in Berlin by Alfred Weiner from 1919 to 1945, this film program was a supplement to the already established Film-Kurier, a German publication on film, theatre and local entertainment. These film programs covered every genre of film from dramas and comedies to westerns. Often sold in cinemas,  early copies of Illustrierter Film-Kurier were 8 pages long, 6” x 9” in size, stapled at the binding, containing a film summary along with many photo shots of the film. Later publications around the mid-1930's were slightly smaller, about 5 3/4” x 8 1/4” in size. In Vienna, Austria, Illustrierter Film-Kurier was printed by Film Propaganda GesmbH from 1929 to 1956. These later issues were often only two pages long, with not as many photos outside the front and back covers. A number of Tom Tyler films appeared in these Illustrierter Film-Kurier, which include the following:

Der Cowboykönig der kalifornischen Berge,  Born to Battle 1926
Rätsel der Dschungel, Jungle Mystery 1932
Das Phantom der Ranch , Phantom of the Range 1936
Boxer und Cowboy, Rip Roaring Buckaroo 1936
Das Land des Renegaten, Frontier Marshal, 1939
In die Falle gelockt, The Westerner 1940

Jungle Mystery 1932
Phantom of the Range 1936

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