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Hi,

I am collecting Doris's movie press books US & UK, I now have 27 of the 39 movies she made.

Is there any one else in this group that also has a collection?

My favourite press book so far, is of course 'Calamity Jane' which comes in three large sections with lots of info on the movie and Doris.

I also regard 'Romance On The High Seas' as one of my most treasured items as it was her first movie.

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PRESS BOOK? What are they, and how do you get them?

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Hi John, it's Michele. :) Hope you're well?!

You already know that pressbooks are items that I would love to start collecting after you educated me on the finer points - I just have to find the pennies once my move is complete. It no way compares, but I have a small collection of original lobby cards that I'm getting framed, ready to adorn the walls of my new house.

Do you have any photos of your collection that you can share with us? I'd love to see some of the rarer ones that you have.
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Can anyone tell me what Press Books are? :)
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As a part of a studio's promotional plans for a new film release, they put together what is known as a press book. These books are mainly intended for the press. They consist of photos they may reproduce in their papers, tidbits about the film and the film stars, and a general summary of the plot. They range anywhere from skimpy (usually low budget productions), to grandiose (if the film is a big budget production). I've seen them up for auction a number of times on e-bay.
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Thank you so much Howard!!! I understand now. :D
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Helo again,

I have scans of all my thirty odd Doris Day movies from 'Romance On The High Seas' to With Six You Get Eggroll' if anybody would like a scan of the pressbook sent to them just send me a pm or email with an email address and I will send you the movie press book you want (a scan of the front cover). I do not have all 39 at the present time.

The scan will be inserted into the email and not as an attachment.

There must be other people on this list who collect press books, they are far more interesting than lobby cards and posters.

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Do you have a press book for Caprice? I wathed that last night, one of my favorites, though not everyones. Dear Ralph loved Caprice also. I miss him. Enjoyed the comments by Peirre Patrick on the DVD of Caprice. Its been 41 years since Doris made her last movie!! Wow!!! High time for a movie about that specail time in Hollywood and Doris Days days!!! We will never see the likes of such high gloss and class movies! Horray for the old Hollywood!

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I've seen the pressbooks but haven't started collecting yet. I'm working on the complete set of lobby cards from all 39 films. Have about three-quarters so far. There are some which are very difficult to get. :D

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ellenarden wrote:I've seen the pressbooks but haven't started collecting yet. I'm working on the complete set of lobby cards from all 39 films. Have about three-quarters so far. There are some which are very difficult to get. :D
Lobby Cards come in two sizes, in the US they come in sets of 8 or 12 and they are 11x14 inches. In the UK we have FOH (Front of House stills) which also come in sets of 8 or 12 but these are 10x8 inches.

The Americans confuse things by calling both sizes Lobby Cards where as here in the UK we only call the 11x14 cards lobby cards.

The press books I collect have information on the lobby cards and the b/w press stills available.

These (the press books ) are getting hard to get, but still cost less than a good poster, or a full set of lobby cards even though they are far more rarer.

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The sets I have are 11"x14" and all the sets that I am collecting for the 39 films contain 8 cards. I have never seen any American 12 sets for any of Ms Day's films. The only film for which I do not have any cards is The Man Who Knew Too Much. I have 23 complete sets and 9 sets that only need 1 to 3 cards. 8)

I think the confusion is from eBay sellers trying to lure in more customers by calling any lobby card or still a lobby card. I hate it also when the sellers who have Mexican cards post them under the US cards. :x

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Hi,

A very Happy New Year to you all.

Just a short update, I now have 32 of the 39 Doris Day movie pressbooks.

The latest was the 1951 movie 'Lullaby Of Broadway' it's in very good condition and no cuts.

I still need 'It's Great Feeling' 1949, 'Tea For Two' 1950, Storm Warning' 1951, Love Me Or Leve Me' 1955, 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' 1956, Teacher's Pet' 1958 and 'Pillow Talk' 1959

If any other member of the Forum have details, scans, etc. of the above titles please would they contact me.

Many thanks

John

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It's now almost the end of 2010 and I have managed to buy three more pressbooks of the seven I needed. I still need 'It's A Great Feeling', 'Tea For Two', 'Storm Warning' and 'Teacher's Pet' to complete the collection.

I hope I do as well in 2011 as I did in 2010.

If anyone has any of these three, I would like a photo of them if possible.
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I have lobby cards for:
WEST POINT STORY (2)
LUCKY ME
JULIE
STARLIFT
LOVE MR OR LEAVE ME (2)
all are 11 x 14 in good conditon.

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Hi,

Lobby cards are also very collectable but I was referring to Pressbooks which are only given to the Cinema managers so that she or he can purchase the posters and lobby cards from the company that made the movie.

Articles are cut out of the Pressbook and given to local newspapers to reprint.

Today it's all Internet based, very sad.

Thanks again for your post, it would nice to have all the lobby cards as well but it would cost a small fortune to get all 39 sets.

John

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I have just added the US press book for 'Tea For Two' from 1950, not in mint condition as I would have liked, but not too bad.

Just three more to go and that's the full 39 US pressbooks.

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I have just managed to get the Spanish pressbook for 'On Moonlight Bay' all in Spanish of course but nice to have in the collection.

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My new addition to the collection is the British Pressbook for the 1968 movie 'Where Were You When The Lights Went Out'

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You have a wonderful and great collection, love them all especial the Spanish one.

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Not a Pressbook but a Spanish mini poster from 'By The Light Of The Silvery Moon'

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My latest addition is the UK Press book for 'West Point Story' from 1950

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The German Press folder for 'Do Not Disturb'

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I have just managed to purchase a mint copy of the 1956 movie Pressbook 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'

Really nice condition for a 56 year old.

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A view of some of the inside pages.

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The latest addition to my collection of Doris Day pressbooks. This one is the 1956 British pressbook of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' Not as flash as the US version but still very interesting.
I now have 38 of the 39 US pressbooks, still some way to go with the British versions.

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