ABC FILM STARS

Issuing Company: ABC Cinemas
Country of Issue: England
Year of Issue: 1954
Color/B&W: B&W
Number of Cards in Set: 10
Card Size: 1 3/8" x 2 1/2" or 1 7/16 x 2 11/16"
Issued as insert with what product: Movies

Notes: These cards were given out at movie theaters. These are sometimes found with a rubber stamp mark on the back from a particular theater.

All the cards from this set can be found in two slightly different sizes. The smaller versions measure 1 3/8" x 2 1/2" and the larger versions measure 1 7/16 x 2 11/16".

An album was issued with this set. The inside pages contain areas for the cards to be corner mounted.

This set contains the earliest card I've seen for the Three Stooges and the East Side Kids. The East Side Kids are on very few movie star cards. The Johnny Weissmuller - Buster Crabbe card is a classic showing the two movie heroes bare chested and arm wrestling.

Despite this being only a 10-card set, the quality of the card choices is quite amazing. This is the only set I know of that contains cards of all three of the top early comedy teams while they were active - Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, and The Three Stooges. I don't know of another set that even has two of these comedy teams together while they were active.

Date info: The album for this set lists an issue date of 1954 for this set.

1. Roy Rogers
2. Old Mother Riley (Arthur Lucan)
3. Johnny Weissmuller - Buster Crabbe (arm wrestling)
4. East Side Kids
5. Shirley Temple
6. Laurel and Hardy
7. Gene Autry
8. The Three Stooges (Moe, Larry, Shemp) (Shemp is misspelled as "Shep" on the card)
9. Louis Hayward
10. Abbott and Costello


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