This is an Original 9" x 12" double sided Trade Advertisement , measuring 9" x 12" from M.G.M. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. It is in full color and in nice shape!

This item is 70 YEARS OLD!!! colors are still vibrant. It is on thicker Trade Ad Stock paper.

It features VAN JOHNSON and PAT KIRKWOOD. It also features XAVIER CUGAT, GUY LOMBARDO and their orchestra.

This ad was used to promote the MGM 1946 Musical film,


M-G-M's Mammoth TECHNICOLOR Musical!

The men are coming home from war and Slinky decides his hero buddy Michael should first appear on a radio program. The good natured and talented sergeant meets radio singer Susan where he finds love in between songs.

Director: Charles Martin

Writers:Charles Martin (original story and screenplay), Lszl Kardos (original story and screenplay) (as Leslie Kardos)

Stars: Van Johnson, Keenan Wynn, Pat Kirkwood


Van Johnson ... Sgt. Michael Hanlon
Keenan Wynn ... Slinky
Pat Kirkwood ... Susan Malby Duncan
Guy Lombardo ... Guy Lombardo
Edward Arnold ... Hobart Canford Stiles
Marie Wilson ... Rosalind
Leon Ames ... Colonel Elliott
Marina Koshetz ... Countess Strogoff
Selena Royle ... Mrs. Hanlon
Wilson Wood ... Mr. Crawley
Vince Barnett ... Ben
Frank 'Sugar Chile' Robinson ... Boy Piano Player
Walter Sande ... Sledgehammer
Arthur Walsh ... Nick
Joey Preston ... Boy Drummer Specialty

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MORE INFO ON VAM JOHNSON: Van Johnson (August 25, 1916 December 12, 2008) was an American film and television actor and dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer during and after World War II.

Johnson was the embodiment of the "boy-next-door wholesomeness (that) made him a popular Hollywood star in the '40s and '50s," playing "the red-haired, freckle-faced soldier, sailor or bomber pilot who used to live down the street" in MGM movies during the war years with such films as Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, A Guy Named Joe and The Human Comedy. Johnson made occasional World War II movies through the end of the 1960s, and he played a military officer in one of his final feature films, in 1992. At the time of his death in December 2008, he was one of the last surviving matinee idols of Hollywood's "golden age."

Johnson was born Charles Van Dell Johnson in Newport, Rhode Island; the only child of Loretta (Snyder), a housewife, and Charles E. Johnson, a plumber and later real-estate salesman. His father was born in Sweden and came to the United States as a young child, and his mother had Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. His mother, an alcoholic, left the family when her son was a child; Johnson's relationship with his father was chilly.

Johnson performed at social clubs in Newport while in high school. He moved to New York City after graduating from high school in 1935 and joined an off-Broadway revue, Entre Nous (1935).

After touring New England in a theatre troupe as a substitute dancer, his acting career began in earnest in the Broadway revue New Faces of 1936. Johnson returned to the chorus after that, and worked in summer resorts near New York City. In 1939, director and playwright George Abbott cast him in Rodgers and Hart's Too Many Girls in the role of a college boy and as understudy for all three male leads. After an uncredited role in the film adaptation of Too Many Girls (which costarred Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz), Abbott hired him as a chorus boy and Gene Kelly's understudy in Pal Joey.

Johnson was about to move back to New York when Lucille Ball took him to Chasen's Restaurant, where she introduced him to MGM casting director Billy Grady, who was sitting at the next table. This led to screen tests by Hollywood studios. His test at Columbia Pictures was unsuccessful, but Warner Brothers put him on contract at $300 a week. His all-American good looks and easy demeanor were ill-suited to the gritty movies Warner made at the time, and the studio dropped him at the expiration of his six-month contract. Shortly before leaving Warner, he was cast as a cub reporter opposite Faye Emerson in the 1942 film Murder in the Big House. His eyebrows and hair were dyed black for the role.

Johnson's tenure at MGM began when he was awarded the role of Dr. Randall Adams in Dr. Gillespie's New Assistant and Dr. Gillespie's Criminal Case in the popular Dr. Kildare movie series. As with other contract players at MGM, Johnson was provided with classes in acting, speech, and diction.

Johnson subsequently appeared in Pilot No. 5 (1943) and in William Saroyan's The Human Comedy, which was produced in 1943, and in the title role in Two Girls and a Sailor.

Johnson's big break was in A Guy Named Joe, with Spencer Tracy and Irene Dunne, in which he played a young pilot who acquires a deceased pilot as his guardian angel. Midway through the movie's production in 1943, he was involved in a car crash that left him with a metal plate in his forehead and a number of scars on his face that the plastic surgery of the time could not completely correct or conceal; he used heavy makeup to hide them for years. When the crash happened Johnson's scalp was nearly sheared off. The closest rescue units responded, but because the accident happened just over the local county line, the rescuers stopped at the county line and could not help him. So Johnson slapped his scalp into place and literally crawled nearly 50 yards to get to the rescue workers for aid. MGM wanted to replace him in the production, but Tracy insisted that Johnson not be removed from the cast despite his long absence. The injury exempted Johnson from service in World War II.

With many actors serving in the armed forces, the accident greatly benefited Johnson's career. He later said, "There were five of us. There was Jimmy Craig, Bob Young, Bobby Walker, Peter Lawford, and myself. All tested for the same part all the time". Johnson was very busy, often playing soldiers; "I remember ... finishing one Thursday morning with June Allyson and starting a new one Thursday afternoon with Esther Williams. I didn't know which branch of the service I was in!". MGM built up his image as the all-American boy in war dramas and musicals, with his most notable starring role as Ted Lawson in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, which told the story of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in April 1942.

In 1945, Johnson tied with Bing Crosby as the top of a list of box office stars chosen yearly by the National Association of Theater Owners. But he fell off the list as other top Hollywood stars returned from wartime service. As a musical comedy performer, Johnson appeared in five films each with Allyson and Williams. His films with Allyson included the musical Two Girls and a Sailor (1944), and the mystery farce Remains to Be Seen (1953). With Williams he made the comedy Easy to Wed (1946) and the musical comedy Easy to Love (1953). He also starred with Judy Garland in In the Good Old Summertime (1949), and teamed with Gene Kelly as the sardonic second lead of Brigadoon (1954).

Johnson continued to appear in war movies after the war ended, including his performance as Holley in Battleground (1949), an account of the Battle of the Bulge, and in Go for Broke! (1951), in which he played an officer leading Japanese-American troops of the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team in Europe.

Unlike some other stars of that era, Johnson did not resent the restrictions of the studio system. In 1985, he said his years at MGM were "one big happy family and a little kingdom". He said: "Everything was provided for us, from singing lessons to barbells. All we had to do was inhale, exhale and be charming. I used to dread leaving the studio to go out into the real world, because to me the studio was the real world."

Johnson was one of several major stars dropped by MGM in 1954. His final appearances for the studio were in The Last Time I Saw Paris with Elizabeth Taylor and co-starring in Brigadoon with Cyd Charisse and Gene Kelly. He enjoyed critical acclaim for his performance in 1954 as Lt. Steve Maryk in The Caine Mutiny. He refused to allow concealment of his facial scars when being made up as Maryk, believing they enhanced the character's authenticity. One commentator noted years later that "Humphrey Bogart and Jose Ferrer chomp up all the scenery in this maritime courtroom drama, but it's Johnson's character, the painfully ambivalent, not-too-bright Lieutenant Steve Maryk, who binds the whole movie together." Time commented that Van Johnson " ... was a better actor than Hollywood usually allowed him to be."

Johnson played himself in a walk-on role in I Love Lucy, which, according to Benjamin Svetkey, "may have pioneered the cheesy sitcom walk-on."

During the 1950s, Johnson continued to appear in films and also appeared frequently in television guest appearances. He received favorable critical notices for the 1956 dramatic film Miracle in the Rain, co-starring Jane Wyman, in which he played a good-hearted young soldier preparing to go to war, and in the mystery 23 Paces to Baker Street, in which he played a blind playwright residing in London. Baby boomers still fondly recall his appearance as the title character of highly-rated "spectacular" the 1957 made-for-television film The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a musical version of Robert Browning's poem.

On February 19, 1959, Johnson appeared in the episode "Deadfall" of CBS's Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater in the role of Frank Gilette, a former outlaw falsely charged with bank robbery. He is framed by Hugh Perry, a corrupt prosecutor played by Harry Townes, and Deputy Stover, portrayed by Bing Russell. Convicted of the robbery, Gilette is captured by outlaws while on his way to prison, and the sheriff, Roy Lamont, portrayed by Grant Withers, is killed.

In 1959, Johnson turned down an opportunity to star as Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, which went on to become a successful television series with Robert Stack in the Ness role.

Johnson guest starred as Joe Robertson, with June Allyson and Don Rickles, in the 1960 episode "The Women Who" of the CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson. In 1961 Johnson traveled to England to star in Harold Fielding's production of The Music Man at the Adelphi Theatre in London. The show enjoyed a successful run of almost a year with Johnson playing the arduous leading role of Harold Hill to great acclaim.

Johnson also guest-starred on Batman as "The Minstrel" in two episodes (39 and 40) in 1966. In the 1970s, he appeared on Here's Lucy, Quincy, M.E., McMillan & Wife and Love, American Style. He played a lead character in the 1976 miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man, and was nominated for a prime time Emmy Award for that role. In the 1980s, he appeared on an episode of Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote along with June Allyson. He also appeared in a special Love Boat, "The Musical: My Ex-Mom; The Show Must Go On; The Pest, Parts 1 and 2" which aired on February 27, 1982, and co-starred Ann Miller, Ethel Merman, Della Reese, Carol Channing, and Cab Calloway, as the retired showbiz stars related to the cast of the show.

In the 1970s, after twice fighting bouts of cancer, Johnson began a second career in summer stock and dinner theater. In 1985, returning to Broadway for the first time since Pal Joey, he was cast in the starring role of the musical La Cage aux Folles. In that same year he appeared in a supporting role in Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo. At the age of 75, now grey and rotund, he toured in Show Boat as Captain Andy. His last film appearance was in Three Days to a Kill (1992). In 2003, he appeared with Betsy Palmer for three performances of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters at a theater in Wesley Hills, New York.

Johnson married former stage actress Eve Abbott (May 6, 1914 October10, 2004) on January 25, 1947, the day after her divorce from actor Keenan Wynn was finalized. In 1948, the newlyweds had a daughter, Schuyler. By this marriage, Johnson had two stepsons, Edmond Keenan (Ned) and Tracy Keenan Wynn. The Johnsons separated in 1961 and their divorce was finalized in 1968. According to a statement by his former wife that was first published after his death at age 92, their marriage had been engineered by MGM: "They needed their 'big star' to be married to quell rumors about his sexual preferences and unfortunately, I was 'It'the only woman he would marry." Johnson's biographer, Ronald L. Davis, has written that the actor's homosexual proclivities were well known within the film industry, but that these were covered up due to a general regard for the privacy of a fellow performer and studio executive Louis B. Mayer's efforts to quash any scandal.

In contrast to his "cheery Van" screen image, Johnson was reputed by his former wife to be morose and moody because of his difficult early life. She reported that he had little tolerance for unpleasantness and would stride into his bedroom at the slightest hint of trouble. He had a difficult relationship with his father and was estranged from his daughter at the time of his death.

Johnson lived in a penthouse in the Sutton Place area of East 54th Street on Manhattan's East Side until 2002, when he moved to Tappan Zee Manor, an assisted living facility in Nyack, New York. After having been ill and receiving hospice care for the previous year, he died there on December 12, 2008. Wendy Bleisweiss, a close friend, indicated that he died of natural causes. His body was cremated.

MORE INFO ON PAT KIRKWOOD: Pat Kirkwood (24 February 1921 25 December 2007) was a British stage actress who appeared in numerous performances of dramas, cabaret, revues, music hall, variety, and pantomimes. She also performed on radio, television, and movies. She was the first woman to have her own television series on the BBC.

Patricia Kirkwood was born in Pendleton, Salford, England to William and Norah Carr Kirkwood. Her father was a Scottish shipping clerk. She was educated at Levenshulme High School in Manchester. At the age of 14 she entered a talent contest at Ramsey, Isle of Man and was asked to sing on the BBC's Children's Hour. A few months later, in April 1936, she took part in a sketch, The Schoolgirl Songstress at the Hippodrome in Salford. Throughout 1936 Kirkwood appeared in a number of local variety shows including a pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk, in which she played Princess Dorothy. During Christmastime 1937 she took the roll of Dandini at Shaftesbury Theatre, in the pantomime "Cinderella", along with Stanley Lupino. Over the next two years she worked in cabaret, variety shows, and pantomimes.

During 1938-39 Kirkwood appeared in two films, Save a Little Sunshine and Me and My Pal along with the Scottish comedian Dave Willis where she sang 2 musical numbers. This led to her first recording success, "Hurry Home". However, it was at the start of World War II when her career started to take off. Just as the war started, Kirkwood, aged 18, played in Black Velvet at the London Hippodrome where she became famous for her rendition of Cole Porter's song "My Heart Belongs to Daddy".[1] This led to her being dubbed 'Britain's first wartime star'.

In 1940 Kirkwood performed in Top of the World at the London Palladium while German bombs rained down on London. She later recalled in a 1945 Boston Globe interview: " ... the sky was bright with searchlights ... [W]hen bombs fell near the theatre, the show went on. No one left, all stayed in their seats because the theatre was safer than the streets. The cast would make bets on who would be onstage when the bombs began to fall." Sometime during the show's run she went up to the roof of the London Palladium and watched the city burning. She later recalled: "My weirdest [war] experience was standing on my roof one night with my mother. On all sides of us, buildings were burning. We looked around--a sea of fire. Oddly, our building didn't burn, but we were marooned. No way out."

During 1939 and 1940 she took movie roles in Come on, George!, and Band Waggon (1940). It was in Band Waggon that comparisons were made between her and Betty Grable Kirkwood continued to perform throughout the rest of the war in West End pantomimes and shows. She played in Lady Behave (1941), Let's Face It (1942), as Robin Goodfellow in Goody Two Shoes (Coliseum Theater, 1944), as the Princess in Aladdin (Theatre Royal, Nottingham), and was featured on radio in A Date with Pat Kirkwood.

Towards the end of the war in 1944, Kirkwood received competing 7-year contract offers from both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and 20th Century Fox, allegedly for 250,000. She accepted the MGM contract but had to wait till the war was over to travel to America to start work on a feature film. During this time she featured in another film Flight from Folly. Three days after V-E Day, Kirkwood went to the United States.

Once in the U.S., Kirkwood spent a number of months waiting for MGM to start production on a film. The movie that she was to act in, No Leave, No Love, co-starring Van Johnson, required her to lose weight. The studio doctors reportedly had her on thyroid and pituitary capsules as well as a strict diet. The movie was a disappointment and the production took a toll on the actress' health. She spent eight months in a New York sanatorium due to a nervous breakdown after the film's unsuccessful release. The breakdown cost her the title role in a London stage production of the musical Annie Get Your Gun.

The stress also took its toll on her relationship as she separated from her first husband Jack Lister and returned to the UK.

After returning to England, Kirkwood picked up where she left off with the revue Starlight Roof at the London Hippodrome (1947). She had some recording success with "Make Mine Allegro" during this period and continued to act in West End theaters in pantomimes and venues such as Little Miss Muffet (1949) and Austin Melford's Roundabout (1949). It was Nol Coward's casting of her as Pinkie Leroy in Ace of Clubs (Cambridge Theatre, 1950), written specifically for her, that put her back in the spotlight.

It was around this time that Kirkwood married for a second time to Greek shipowner, Spiro "Sparky" de Spero Gabriele, in 1952. However, he died two years later from a heart attack.

Starting in 1953, Kirkwood began her work on television, appearing in Our Marie (as music hall star Marie Lloyd - 1953) and as a panelist on What's My Line (1953). In 1954 The Pat Kirkwood Show began on BBC Television. She would start to take greater roles in television from this time, taking part in My Patricia (1956), Pygmalion (1956), and From Me to You (1957). Many of these roles included her new husband actor, playwright and composer Hubert Gregg.

In 1954, Kirkwood traveled back to the U.S. for a three-month tour in Las Vegas performing cabaret at the Desert Inn.

By the late 1950s Kirkwood had returned to the stage, performing in Chrysanthemum (Prince of Wales and Apollo), Jack and the Beanstalk (a pantomime), Philip Kings' Pools Paradise (1961), Villa Sleep Four (1961), and Robin Hood (Aberdeen, a pantomime).

After Robin Hood, Pat Kirkwood retired temporarily with her third husband, Hubert Gregg, and moved to Portugal.

During a performance at the London Hippodrome in 1948, after her return to England, the Duke of Edinburgh was introduced to Kirkwood in her dressing room. Later that evening they went to dinner at Les Ambassadeurs restaurant in Mayfair. Kirkwood reported later that: "He was so full of life and energy. I suspect he felt trapped and rarely got a chance to be himself. I think I got off on the right foot because I made him laugh." Reporters recalled that the pair danced and had breakfast the next day together.

Peter Knight recalled in a private memoir: "At the amazing spectacle of the royal consort escorting the leading musical star of the epoch, and in the palpable hush that had descended upon the restaurant, the rumor mills began to grind." Rumours of an affair between Prince Phillip and Kirkwood were printed in the daily newspapers. King George VI was said by courtiers to be furious when he was told about the circulating gossip.

Rumour had it that there was an invitation to go to the 'Sweethearts and Wives' ball with the Prince at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich as well as talk of her receiving a Rolls Royce. Such rumours of an affair with the Prince continued for many years.

Pat Kirkwood always denied that there was any affair. In 1994 she and her husband, Peter Knight, went to meet Prince Philip's aide, Brian McGrath, asking to send a message to the Queen that she was upset about the continuing tales, and that they were untrue. Philip later stated in a personal letter that the allegations were the "mythology of the press". To which Patricia complained "A lady is not normally expected to defend her honour publicly. It is the gentleman who should do that."

From 1970 to 1973, Kirkwood came out of her declared retirement to Portugal to perform again in a number of venues and tours including taking the part of Judith Bliss in Nol Coward's Hay Fever (1970), Lady Frederick (1971), Babes in the Woods (1971 - pantomime), A Chorus Murder (1972), Move Over Mrs. Markham (in the title role, 1973). Her last pantomime performance was in Aladdin in Newcastle upon Tyne (pantomime). In 1976 she played Mrs. Gay Lustre in Pinero's The Cabinet Minister.

During this time she separated from Gregg in 1979 and remarried in 1981 to retired lawyer Peter Knight, her last husband. His comfortable financial position meant that she could leave show business behind although she would appear sporadically in a few appearances in the 1980s. In the early 1990s Kirkwood decided to come back and perform once again. In 1992 she sang "There's No Business Like Show Business" at the London Palladium in A Glamorous Night with Evelyn Laye and Friends. In 1993 she performed to sold-out crowds at Wimbledon Theatre in Glamorous Nights of Music.

Her last public appearance was in Noel/Cole: Let's Do It at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1994. Earlier that year she had been a subject of This Is Your Life, when she was surprised by Michael Aspel at London's Prince of Wales Theatre.

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