A mint condition set of six show-stopping stamps inspired by the popular Edwardian tales of one of the Isle of Man's many remarkable and colourful characters, Hall Caine are wonderfully shown in this four page, glossy booklet.
1st -Pola Negri (1894-1987). The indisputable silent screen vamp made a huge impact in Barbed Wire (1927). Called 'the king of all melodramas', Negri switched her usual attractive clothes for rags as a French, rather than Manx farm woman embedded in Normandy, France instead of the Isle of Man.
1st - Anny Ondra (1903-1987). Alfred Hitchcock cast golden-haired Ondra as the heroine, pregnant by one male however wed to another in The Manxman (1929). Besotted with her, Hitchcock cast her next in his first 'talkie' Blackmail (1929). In spite of her elegant looks, her heavy accent was a limitation; for that reason her brief minute in British cinema didn't last.
EU - Conrad Nagel (1897-1970). Nagel was called 'The Prince Consort' during the 1920s following a series of effective leading functions opposite Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels and Pola Negi, nevertheless by the arrival of sound his career was beginning to subside. He endured playing a series of supporting male functions and later on became an establishing member of The Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.
98p - Barbara La Marr (1896-1926). Dark and unique with extraordinary charm and high IQ led La Marr to renowned film star status with a legion of fans. It was her wild private life which possibly raised most interest; married six times, she took pleasure in a wild love life which culminated in drug addiction and an early death by a presumed overdose aged simply 29.
RoW - Richard Dix (1894-1949). A phase star, Samuel Goldwyn plucked Dix for screen fame as the shapely male lead in Not Guilty (1921). His well-demeaning nature made him a strong credibility. When 'talkies' arrived he found himself cast aside. The Stock Market Crash of 1929 dealt him a 2nd major blow eliminating most of his fortune.
₤1.50 Norman Kerry (1894-1956). His handsome dark appearance made him an early matinee idol, starring opposite significant stars of the day. As the lead in The Bondman, directed by Herbert Wilcox, his was Caine's favourite film efficiency. A real-life action hero, he joined the French Foreign Legion at the start of WWII, going back to the U.S. when France capitulated to Nazi Germany.
1st -Pola Negri (1894-1987). The indisputable quiet screen vamp made a monumental impact in Barbed Wire (1927). Dubbed 'the monarch of all melodramas', Negri switched her normal attractive attire for rags as a French, rather than Manx farm woman set in Normandy, France rather of the Isle of Man.
Nagel was dubbed 'The Prince Consort' throughout the 1920s following a series of successful leading functions opposite Gloria Swanson, Bebe Daniels and Pola Negi, nevertheless by the arrival of sound his career was starting to wane.