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An Original 27 X 41 One Sheet poster for the 1932 African jungle documentary film based on Martin Johnson’s illustrated book “Congorilla” published by Blue Ribbon Books in 1931. Martin Johnson, a Kansas native and legendary explorer, directs this real-life safari adventure film. This seventy-two minute feature chronicles he and his wife Osa’s two year trek into the pigmy villages of the Itura Forest located deep in the Belgian Congo. They capture on film wild animals such as the rhinoceros, zebra, elephant and of course the legendary gorilla in their native habitats and even have some wild and dangerous encounters with fierce hippos and crocodiles. Critics agree “Congorilla” was the very best African safari documentary of its time.  Not only did it accurately depict to worldwide audiences what the African environment looked like in the 1930’s, but it also predated Ernest Hemingway’s 1935 adventure-hunting book “Green Hills of Africa” and likely inspired he and his second wife Pauline’s visit to Tanzania in 1933. Given the widespread reception of “Congorilla”, one could certainly argue that without this documentary film Hemingway would not go on to write “Green Hills of Africa” one year later. “Congorilla” was produced on an extremely low budget in comparison to other mainstream Hollywood features of the 30’s such as Frankenstein and the Wizard of Oz making posters from the Original release of “Congorilla” scarce and virtually non-existent.  This is the only Original American 1932 release One Sheet poster we have ever seen on this film. The stone lithograph artwork of the gorilla (the Johnson’s favorite animal) is spectacular and a real visual treat to see up close in person. This poster was complete and in Very Good condition prior to being linenbacked and now displays Very Fine. Extraordinarily rare and sought after. Linenbacked.

Congorilla

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