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: Checklist incomplete. 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 all seem to have been 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 is also another group showing movie scenes. These are grouped by movie or performer, with multiple scenes from Tarzan movies, Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, etc.

Adding to the confusion of checklisting these cards is the fact that there are some performers in the green background group that are also featured in the other groups, like Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Johnny Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield, Bud Abbott, and Lou Costello. There are also multiple poses of some performers in the green background set.

A recent find of these cards seems to confirm that 100 designs were issued together, including all the green cards, the Tarzan cards, and the Abbott and Costello cards. Missing from this batch of 100 designs are the Laurel and Hardy scenes, as well as scenes from other movies including King Kong. This may indicate that the 100 designs that were found together were only a portion of the complete set, or it may indicate that the other designs were issued as an additional series of these cards.

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 figurines prize.

Thanks to Marty Krim and Greg Graetz 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
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
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
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

At least 11 different Abbott and Costello cards issued, all pictured on the picture page link.

King Kong Cards

At least 1 different King Kong card scenes issued, pictured on the picture page link.

Laurel and Hardy Cards

At least 5 different Laurel and Hardy card scenes issued, all pictured on the picture page link.

Tarzan Cards

At least 29 different Tarzan card scenes issued, all pictured on the picture page link.


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