A&BC Film Stars (SET OF 48)

Issuing Company: A&BC
Country of Issue: England
Year of Issue: 1953
Color/B&W: Color
Number of Cards in Set: 48
Card Size: 1 7/8" x 2 3/4"
Issued as insert with what product: Bubble Gum

Notes: Blank-backed. This is the first of three series of these cards in basically the same style. This set says "SET OF 48" in the bottom right corner. The second set says "NO. 2 SERIES" in the bottom right corner and is numbered from 49-96. The third set says "NO. 3 SERIES" in the bottom right corner and is numbered from 97-144. In the "SET OF 48" set, two different wordings seen in the text at the top of the cards - either "Presented by A. & B.C LTD., LONDON, N.W.2" or "Presented by A. & B.C CHEWING GUM LTD."

For the "SET OF 48" set, I checked 3 cards and all the movies mentioned were issued in 1953. The "SET OF 48" cards say the actor is "Starring in ..." the film listed, while the "NO. 2 SERIES" cards say the actor was "Last seen in ..." the film listed.

All cards in the SET OF 48 series are in color. Cards in the NO. 2 SERIES can be found in color or black and white and cards for the NO. 3 SERIES are only in black and white.

An album was issued for these cards titled "Dollar Film Star Series." Thanks to Stuart Collins for providing most of the checklist information for this set.

1. Ricardo Montalban in "Sombrero"
2. Petula Clark in "Made In Heaven"
3. Van Johnson in "Confidentially Connie"
4. John Gregson in "Genevieve"
5. Esther Williams in "Dangerous When Wet"
6. Dinah Sheridan in "Genevieve"
7. Howard Keel in "Fast Company"
8. Kay Kendall in "Genevieve"
9. Jane Powell in "Small Town Girl"
10. Jack Hawkins in "Malta Story"
11. Pier Angeli in "The Story of Three Loves"
12. Gene Autry & his World famous horse, Champion (no movie listed)
13. Elizabeth Taylor in "The Girl Who Had Everything"
14. Glenn Ford in "The Big Heat"
15. Lana Turner in "The Bad And The Beautiful"
16. Broderick Crawford in "The Sabre And The Arrow"
17. Fred Astaire in "The Band Wagon"
18. Gloria Grenwood will make her screen debut in "Debut"
19. Leslie Caron in "Lilli"
20. John Derek in "Ambush At Tomahawk Gap"
21. Vera-Ellen in "The Big Leaguer"
22. Joseph Cotton in "Blueprint For Murder"
23. Janet Leigh in "The Naked Spur"
24. Tyrone Power in "King of the Kyber Riffles"
25. Ann Miller in "Small Town Girl"
26. George Sanders in "Call Me Madam"
27. Red Skelton in "The Clown"
28. Dan Dailey in "There’s No Business Like Show Business"
29. Debbie Reynolds in "I Love Melvin"
30. Richard Widmark in "Pickup on South Street"
31. Ava Gardner in "Mogambo"
32. Rory Calhoun in "How to Marry a Millionaire"
33. June Allyson in "Remains To Be Seen"
34. Richard Burton in "The Robe"
35. James Craig in "Code 2"
36. Dale Robertson in "The City of Bad Men"
37. Peter Lawford in "Rogue’s March"
38. Victor Mature in "The Robe"
39. Gene Kelly in "Invitation To The Dance"
40. Cornel Wilde in "Treasure of the Goldon Condor"
41. Stewart Granger in "Young Bess"
42. Michael Rennie in "The Robe"
43. William Powell in "The Girl Who Had Everything"
44. Susan Hayward in "White Witch Doctor"
45. Robert Taylor in "Quo Vadis"
46. Mitzi Gaynor in "There’s No Business Like Show Business"
47. Deborah Kerr in "Julius Caesar"
48. Vera-Ellen in "Call Me Madam"


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