The Basil Rathbone Gallery

Cards


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Player Tobacco Card, 1938. This is card #40 from a set of 50 cards entitled "Film Stars," 3rd Series, issued by John Player & Sons, Great Britain. The front of the card shows an artist's portrait of Basil Rathbone; the back of the card contains a brief biography of Rathbone. The card measures 1.5 x 2.75 in (3.5 x 6.5 cm.). Click below to see the entire set of 50 cards.

Rathbone as the Marquis St. Evremond

This card depicting Rathbone as the Marquis St. Evremonde from "A Tale of Two Cities" is one of a set of 36 cards entitled "Characters Come to Life." The cards were printed by Godfrey Phillips Ltd. (UK) in 1938 and issued in cigarette packages. Each card measures approximately 2.2 x 2.5 in. (5.3 x 6 cm.). On the back of each card is a brief description of the film in which each star appears.

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Issued in Spain, 1953, card #92 of a set depicting famous movie stars
(1.75 x 3 inches)

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Card #12 of a set called "Cromos Cinefoto" printed in Spain.

This card was issued in 1947, when Rathbone starred in the radio program "Scotland Yard."

Basil Rathbone and Susan Hayward
#4 in a series of 54 movie stars
2nd Album Gallina Blanca, Spain
Rathbone and Barbara O'Neill

This card was issued in South Africa by A. & M. Wix in 1939. It is card number 96 from a set of 100 cards entitled "Film Favourites, 3rd series." The front of the card shows a photo of Basil Rathbone and Barbara O'Neil from "The Sun Never Sets." The back of the card has the card number, series title and brief biographies of Rathbone and O'Neil. The card was given as a free premium with the purchase of a pack of 10 cigarettes. The card measures approx. 1.5 x 2.75 in (3.5 x 6.5 cm.).

Rathbone

This card was issued in the United Kingdom by C. & T. Bridgewater Cookies Ltd. in 1939. It is card number 44 from a set of 48 cards entitled "Film Stars, 7th series." The front of the card shows a photograph of Basil Rathbone; the back of the card is blank. The card was given as a free premium with the purchase of a package of cookies. Size is approximately 1.5 x 2.8 inches (3.5 x 7 cm.).

The same picture appeared on a tobacco card issued by R.J. Lea Ltd. of Manchester, England (Tournament Cigarettes) in 1939. It is card number 7 of a series of 54 cards called "Famous Film Stars." The back of the card contains a brief biography of Rathbone. Same size as above.


A set of double-sided cards from the "Mr Cinema" collection, printed in France. The front of each card shows different photos from a film. On the back is technical information, cast, resume of the story and some facts concerning the making of the film. It measures 5.1 x 8 inches (13 x 20.5 cm). The text is in French. Rathbone films represented in the Mr. Cinema card series are "Son of Frankenstein," "David Copperfield," "Pontius Pilate" (above) and "International Lady," "Above Suspicion," "Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" and "Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon" (below).

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"If I Were King"

"The Mark of Zorro"

These are two more movie cards printed in France. The name of this card series is unknown.

 

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