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    Sale 5238

    Film & Entertainment Memorabilia

    19 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 57

    Rita Hayworth Miss Sadie Thompson, 1953

    Price Realised  


    Rita Hayworth Miss Sadie Thompson, 1953
    A white cotton blouse with broderie anglaise collar and front panel -- made for Rita Hayworth as Sadie Thompson in the 1953 Columbia Pictures film Miss Sadie Thompson, with corresponding paper label attached to the blouse; and documents concerning the provenance, including: a letter of congratulations on Picture Show and Film Pictorial headed notepaper, My very sincere congratulation on your postcard entry which wins this unique prize of Rita Hayworth's blouse...from "Miss Sadie Thompson".; a clipping from Picture Show magazine advertising the competition and instructing candidates to ...make up a sentence about...the star. [using one letter from her name in each word of the sentance, once]...; a machine-print illustration of a still from the film with Hayworth wearing a similar blouse; a black and white trimmed still from the film featuring Hayworth and Aldo; and a copy of Picture Show,26th June, 1954, vol.62 illustrated on the front cover with a publicity shot of Rita Hayworth and Aldo Ray in Miss Sadie Thompson (5)

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    A similar white blouse is worn by Hayworth in her opening scenes of Miss Sadie Thompson, when she arrives on 'American Samoa', an Island in the South Pacfic, and is greeted by the excited Marines. The winner of the blouse and the earrings in the previous lot was an avid Hayworth fan and keen to win both the competitions that she entered. For fear that the judges may recognise her name as winning the earrings from Salome and offer the prize to someone else, she applied under a pseudonym in order to win the white blouse.

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