Anonymous Film Stars (Black Film Frame Border-Name on Back)

Issuing Company: Anonymous
Country of Issue: Italy
Year of Issue:
Color/B&W: Color
Number of Cards in Set:
Card Size: 1 15/16" x 2 3/4" (standard size) or 1 3/8" x 1 15/16" (small size)
Issued as insert with what product:

Notes: In the early 1950s, Nannina of Italy put out a big group of cards with a black film frame border with a bit of writing on the backs. These cards are unnumbered and are easiest to checklist in different groups, though they were all issued together originally.

The first group covered is the green background group. The cards in this group have dark green backgrounds. The backs contain the name of the star on the top line and the movie studio below. Sometimes there is some additional text. These cards are almost always found with a dark green background, though there have been cards from this series seen with dark blue backgrounds instead. These may have just missed a yellow color pass during the printing process to make them appear blue instead of green, though the blue may have been intentional. Cards from this group come in two sizes, standard or small, as defined above. There are 60 different cards in this group.

There are two other groups of cards showing movie scenes for Tarzan movies (29 cards) and Abbott and Costello movies (11 cards). Together, the green, Tarzan, and Abbott and Costello cards number 100 cards which comprise a complete set.

Uncut strips of these cards have been seen with green background, Tarzan scenes, and Abbott and Costello scenes cards on the same strip, proving these were issued together originally.

Cards from this set can also be found with a different back, titled Figurine Cine-Premio. This was a contest offering people to mail in and enter for a chance to win prizes such as a bicycle. Here is a Google translation of the contest:

Movie Cards-Prize The competition is easier to win. For every 100 packets of stickers a premium safe to withdraw immediately, also

bicycles War micromotors puppy motorscooters Lambretta

respectively they will be drawn between those who send a collection of 100, 500, 1000 cards prize.

Thanks to Marty Krim, Greg Graetz, and Bernie Feldman for help with this checklist.

Green Background Group

Bud Abbott - GIANNI - Universal Films
Dana Andrews - Metro-Goldwyn Mayer
Anne Baxter - Artisli Associati
William Bendix - Paramount Films
Ingrid Bergman - R.K.O. Radio
Geraldine Brooks - Warner Bros
Joan Caufield - Paramount Films (looking right)
Joan Caufield - Paramount Films (star on forehead)
Gary Cooper - R.K.O. Radio
Lou Costello - PINOTTO - Universal Films
Bill Dalton - R.K.O. Radio
Bob Dalton - R.K.O. Radio
Linda Darnel - 20th Century Fox
Walt Disney - Il Celebre Disegnatore - R.K.O. Radio
Pennj Edwards - Warner Bros
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. - R.K.O. Radio
Barry Fitzgerald - Paramount Films
Ronda Fleming - R.K.O. Radio
Joan Fontaine - R.K.O. Radio
Preston Foster - Paramount Films
Will Fyffe - Paramount Films
Clark Gable - Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Frances Gifford - La Compagna di Tarzan - R.K.O. Radio
Betty Grable
Oliver Hardy - Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Katharine Hepburn - Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Danny Kaye - R.K.O. Radio
Evelyn Keyes - Columbia
Dorothy Lamour - Paramount Films
Stan Laurel - Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Margaret Lockwood - Paramount Films
Herbert Marshall - Paramount Films
Virginia Mayo - R.K.O. Radio
Dorothy McGuire - R.K.O. Radio
Ray Milland - Paramount Films
Michele Morgan - United Artists
Maureen O'Hara - R.K.O. Radio
Gay Patrick - R.K.O. Radio
Dick Powell - R.K.O. Radio
Alberto Rabagliata - Il conosciutissimo cnatante ed attore cinematografico italiano
Marjorie Reynolds - Paramount Films
Edward G. Robinson - R.K.O. Radio
Ginger Rogers - R.K.O. Radio
Mickey Rooney - Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Gail Russel - Paramount Films
Johnny Sheffield - R.K.O. Radio
Ann Sheridan
James Stewart - R.K.O. Radio
Shirley Temple - R.K.O. Radio
Franchot Tone - R.K.O. Radio
Lana Turner - Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Una comparsa del film Il Segno della Croce - prodotto dalla Paramount (actor with headphones and hat)
Una comparsa del film Il Segno della Croce - prodotto dalla Paramount (actor with headphones and no hat)
Alida Valli - R.K.O. Radio
Johnny Weissmuller - Tarzan - R.K.O Radio
Orson Welles - R.K.O. Radio
Cornel Wilde - 20th Century Fox
Teresa Wright - Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Loretta Young - R.K.O. Radio
Robert Young - R.K.O. Radio

Movie Scenes Group

Abbott and Costello Cards

There were 11 different Abbott and Costello cards issued, all pictured on the picture page link. Click the picture above to view them.

Tarzan Cards

There were 29 different Tarzan card scenes issued, all pictured on the picture page link. Click the picture above to view them.

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