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The Bamboo Prison

ID Number: 20985
Maker: Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.; National Screen Service Corp.
Technique: lithograph
Date Made: 1954
Place Made: United States
Measurements: 39.7638 x 26.9685 in.; 101 x 68.5 cm
Main Subject: Socialism & Communism
Materials: dry mounted on foam board
Digitized: Y

Full Text:
Columbia Pictures presents The Bamboo Prison starring Robert Francis · Dianne Foster · Brian Keith with Jerome Courtl [sic: and ·Written] by Ed um [sic: Edwin Blum] and Jack DeWitt · Produced by Bryan Foy · Directed by Louis Seiler C[opy]right 1954 Columbia Pictures Corp. ry [sic: Country] of Origin U.S.A. Property Of National Screen Service Service Corp. Licensed For Display Only In Connection With The Exhibition Of This Picuture At Your Theatre. Must Be Returned Immediately Thereafter. 46869 54/481 Final Daily Press Latest Picture News Extra Special Edition Yank Prisoner In China Chooses Bamboo Curtain! Did Sergeant Fall For Commie Cutie...Or Was He Pushed?

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Movie Poster for the 1954 film about an American spy in a North Korean P.O.W. camp.

Copyright Status:
Under copyright; used by CSPG for educational and research purposes only. Distribution or reproduction beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners.

Exhibition Annotation:
The only actual film poster in Reel to Real, this poster is no less political than the other posters in this exhibition. Although not as well known as Invasion of the Body-Snatchers (1956), the classic anti-communist Hollywood production, the Bamboo Curtain is one of the earliest films to raise the issue of brainwashing. The concept of brainwashing developed during the Korean War, and was used to explain why 21 American GIs refused to accept repatriation to the US, and chose to remain in China. People choosing communism over capitalism was a major ideological conflict for the US government, and Hollywood came to the rescue to help explain how it could happen.

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