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The Cruel Sea Poster

This is a rare poster. Dating from 1953 & from Ealing Studios, "The Cruel Sea" was the film adaptation of the Nicholas Monserrat novel of the same name. The film was the biggest hit in UK cinemas in 1953 & also did well in the USA too. Critical acclaim followed (1 Oscar & 3 BAFTA nominations) & the film is now rightly regarded as a classic WWII film.

 

The film charted the hardships & trials of a British convoy escort & the challenges facing the crew, both onshore & at sea. Being made 8 years after WWII, the film was able to take a more realistic approach than the more obviously morale-boosting productions released during the war. Apart from established actor Jack Hawkins, a bevy of relative newcomers appeared including Stanley Baker, Denholm Elliott, Virginia McKenna & Donald Sinden.

 

The linen-backed style-A Quad here is in superb condition (no restoration required at all). You would be hard pressed to find another alternative, let alone one in such striking condition. Illustrated by the highly regarded Scottish artist Charles Murray (his works appear in the Tate & scottish National Gallery of Modern Art), the poster takes a minimalist approach, there being no human forms or images of ships, the poster literally just depicting the cruel sea of the title. A masterful piece of design & certainly rarer & more sought after than the more conventional style-B Quad by Walklin (see below).



Price: £2975.00

Film Category: War / Nautical
Director: Charles Frend
Actor / Actresses: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott
Poster Type: UK Quad (30" x 40", 76cm x 102cm)
Poster Artist: Charles Murray
Condition: Excellent
Year: 1953
Reference: 58816



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