THE DIRTY DOZEN PREMIERE PARTY INVITE – JUNE, 1967

Dirty Dozen Premiere
Back in the days when studios did things up BIG, the studio that produced The Dirty Dozen, MGM,  planned an old-fashioned formal Dirty Dozen premiere party with all the trimmings. The studio wasn’t in the greatest financial shape at the time and was understandably nervous about the film’s prospects, never dreaming it would become the biggest hit of the year and one of the highest grossing films in MGM’s history. Reluctantly, however, they did send this invite to a select few….

Attendees of this special invitation only soiree received the following souvenir program…..

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Dirty Dozen Preimere invite

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Dirty Dozen program cover

 

On the back was the following promotional ad…..
The entire legendary cast was in attendance at the black-tie affair (Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy, Trini Lopez, Ralph Meeker, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Donald Sutherland, Clint Walker and Robert Webber). For Lee Marvin, who was divorced from his wife Betty (but still in contact with her as explained in Lee Marvin Point Blank) and keeping company with Michele Triola, the quandary was who would he take to the event? According to this ragged clip from Cue Magazine, the answer surprised everyone…..

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Dirty Dozen program info

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Lee Marvin & Monte Marvin at the premiere after party held at Rockerfeller Centers famous Rainbow Room.

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ORIGINAL POSTER TO THE DIRTY DOZEN

original poster

Original poster to The Dirty Dozen, Lee Marvin’s biggest hit film.

Here, in all of its colorful and fiery glory is the original poster to The Dirty Dozen, the biggest grossing film of Lee Marvin’s career and one of the biggest in all of MGM’s illustrious history. Remember when film poster art looked this cool? The story of how Marvin came to make the film, his opinion of it and the never before told stories behind the making of this classic is recounted in detail in Lee Marvin Point Blank….
By the way, the bald guy next to Charles Bronson doesn’t really look much Telly Savalas, does it?

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