The Basil Rathbone Gallery

"Characters Come to Life" Cards



Manufacturer – Godfrey Phillips Ltd
Title – Characters come to Life
Year of issue – 1939
Number in set - 36
Type of cards - cigarette (tobacco)
Size – 53mm x 60mm
Colourful cards depicting actors from famous films. Backs also contain interesting snippets of information regarding the actor on the front, the film and the character.

These cards are the following:
1. George Arliss, as the Duke of Wellington
2. Leslie Banks, as the Earl of Leicester
3. John Barrymore as Mercutio
4. Lionel Barrymore as Andrew Jackson
5. Elizabeth Bergner as Catherine
6. Claudette Colbert as Cleopatra
7. Ronald Colman as Sidney Carton
8. Joan Crawford as Peggy O’Neal
9. Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies as Mary Tudor
10. James Ellison as “Buffalo Bill”
11. Kay Francis as Florence Nightingale
12. Errol Flynn as Major Geoffrey Vickers
13. Clark Gable as Parnell
14. Greta Garbo as Marie Walewska
15. Bonita Granville as Ann
16. Sir Cedric Hardwicke as Charles II
17. Oscar Homolka as Paul Kruger
18. Victoria Hopper as Lorna Doone
19. Leslie Howard as Romeo
20. Walter Huston as Cecil Rhodes
21. Frite Kortner as Abdul Hamed II
22. Charles Laughton as Henry VIII
23. Matheson Lang as Francis Drake
24. Charles Laughton as Rembrandt
25. Raymond Massey as Philip of Spain
26. Paul Muni as Louis Pasteur
27. Nova Pilbeam as Lady Jane Grey
28. William Powell as Flo. Ziegfield
29. Basil Rathbone as The Marquis St. Evremonde
30. Flora Robson as Queen Elizabeth
31. Norma Shearer as Juliet
32. Pamela Stanley as Queen Victoria
33. Phyllis Neilson-Terry as Olivia
34. Desmond Tester as Edward VI
35. Henry Wilcoxon as Richard I
36. Loretta Young as Berengaria

Fascinating lot of cards. Besides details of the actors on the back, there is information about both the film and the character.


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