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Billy Wilder - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 07

Updated on March 16, 2013
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)

A Chronology of Billy Wilder Movie Posters 1942-1981.

Billy Wilder (1906-2002) was born in Sucha, Galicia, Austria-Hungary.

In a career spanning six decades Wilder was nominated for 21 Oscars and won 6 times. He received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1988.

The Major and the Minor (1942)
The Major and the Minor (1942)




The Major and the Minor (1942) Starring Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Rita Johnson, Robert Benchley, Diana Lynn and Edward Fielding. Music by Robert Emmett Dolan. 100mins.

IMDB rating 7.6

Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)




Five Graves to Cairo (1943) Starring Franchot Tone, Anne baxter, Akim Tamiroff, Erich von Stroheim, Peter van Eyck and Fortunio Bonanova. Music by Miklos Rozsa. 96mins.

IMDB rating 7.5

Double Indemnity (1944)
Double Indemnity (1944)






Double Indemnity (1944) Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather and Tom Powers. Music by Miklos Rozsa. 107mins.

IMDB rating 8.5

The Lost Weekend (1945)
The Lost Weekend (1945)






The Lost Weekend (1945) Starring Ray Milland, Jane Wyman, Phillip Terry, Howard Da Silva, Doris Dowling and Frank Faylen. Music by Miklos Rozsa. 101mins.

IMDB rating 8.1

The Emperor Waltz (1948)
The Emperor Waltz (1948)





The Emperor Waltz (1948) Starring Bing Crosby, Joan Fontaine, Roland Culver, Lucile Watson, Richard Haydn and Sig Ruman. Music by Victor Young. 106mins.

IMDB rating 6.1

A Foreign Affair (1948) French poster
A Foreign Affair (1948) French poster




A Foreign Affair (1948) Starring Jean Arthur, Marlene Dietrich, John Lund, Millard Mitchell, Peter von Zerneck, Stanley Prager and William Murphy. Music by Frederick Hollander. 116mins.

IMDB rating 7.5

Sunset Boulevard (1950) Belgium poster
Sunset Boulevard (1950) Belgium poster





Sunset Boulevard (1950) Starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark and Jack Webb. Music by Franz Waxman. 110mins.

IMDB rating 8.7

Ace in the Hole (1951) French poster
Ace in the Hole (1951) French poster




Ace in the Hole (1951) aka The Big Carnival. Starring Kirk Douglas, Jan Sterling, Robert Arthur, Porter Hall, Frank Cady and Richard Bendict. Music by Hugo Friedhofer. 111mins.

IMDB rating 8.2

Stalag 17 (1953)
Stalag 17 (1953)





Stalag 17 (1953) Starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves, Neville Brand and Sig Ruman. Music by Franz Waxman. 120mins.

IMDB rating 8.1

Sabrina (1954) Spanish poster
Sabrina (1954) Spanish poster




Sabrina (1954) Starring Humphrey Bogart, Audrey Hepburn, William Holden, Walter Hampden, John Williams and Martha Hyer. Music by Frederick Hollander. 113mins.

IMDB rating 7.8

The Seven Year Itch (1955)
The Seven Year Itch (1955)

The Seven Year Itch (1955) Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oskar Homolka and Carolyn Jones. Music by Alfred Newman. 105mins.

IMDB rating 7.3

The Spirit of St. Louis (1956) Spanish poster
The Spirit of St. Louis (1956) Spanish poster




The Spirit of St. Louis (1957) Starring James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson and Marc Connelly. Music by Franz Waxman. 135mins.

IMDB rating 7.1

Love in the Afternoon (1957) Belgian poster
Love in the Afternoon (1957) Belgian poster





Love in the Afternoon (1957) Starring Gary Cooper, Audrey Hepburn, Maurice Chevalier, John McGiver and Lisa Bourdin. Music by Franz Waxman. 130mins.

IMDB rating 7.3

Some Like it Hot (1959)
Some Like it Hot (1959)

Some Like it Hot (1959) Starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft, Pat O'Brien, Joe E. Brown and Nehemiah Persoff. Music by Adolph Deutsch. 120mins.

IMDB rating 8.4

The Apartment (1960)
The Apartment (1960)




The Apartment (1960) Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston, Jack Kruschen and Nasomi Stevens. Music by Adolph Deutsch. 125mins.

IMDB rating by 8.4

One Two Three (1961) Spanish poster
One Two Three (1961) Spanish poster



One, Two, Three (1961) Starring James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis, Howard St. John and Hanns Lothar. Music by Andre Previn. 115mins.

IMDB rating 7.9

Irma la Douce (1963) French poster
Irma la Douce (1963) French poster




Irma la Douce (1963) Starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Lou Jacobi, Herschel Bernardi and Grace Lee Whitney. Music by Andre Previn. 147mins.

IMDB rating 7.3

Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) French poster
Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) French poster




Kiss Me, Stupid (1964) Starring Dean Martin, Kim Novak, Ray Walston, Felicia Farr, Cliff Osmond, Barbara Pepper, Mel Blanc and Hnery Gibson. Music by Andre Previn. 125mins.

IMDB rating 7.0

The Fortune Cookie (1966)
The Fortune Cookie (1966)




The Fortune Cookie (1966) Starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Ron Rich, Judi West, Cliff Osmond, Lurene Tuttle and Les Tremayne. Music by Andre Previn. 125mins.

IMDB rating 7.4

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)
The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970)

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) Starring Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Genevieve Page, Christopher Lee, Tamara Toumanova and Clive Revill. Music by Miklos Rozsa. 125mins.

Poster Artist - Robert McGinnis

IMDB rating 7.3

Avanti! (1972)
Avanti! (1972)





Avanti! (1972) Starring Jack Lemmon, Juliet Mills, Clive Revill, Edward Andrews and Gianfranco Barra. Music by Carlo Rustichelli. 140mins.

IMDB rating 7.1

The Front Page (1974)
The Front Page (1974)




The Front Page (1974) Starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon, Vincent Gardenia, David Wayne, Allen Garfield and Charles Durning. Music by Billy May. 105mins.

IMDB rating 7.2

Fedora (1978)
Fedora (1978)




Fedora (1978) Starring William Holden, Marthe Keller, Hildegard Knef, Jose Ferrer, Frances Sternhagen, Stephen Collins, Michael York and Henry Fonda. Music by Miklos Rozsa. 114mins.

IMDB rating 6.9

Buddy Buddy (1981)
Buddy Buddy (1981)




Buddy Buddy (1981) Starring Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paula Prentiss, Klaus Kinski, Dana Elcar and Michael Ensign. Music by Lalo Schifrin. 96mins.

IMDB rating 6.4

Some Like it Hot (1959) Japanese poster
Some Like it Hot (1959) Japanese poster

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    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from Manchester, England

      Yes I'm rummaging through my photos of Jar Jar Binks at the moment. Someone has to do it.

      Some Like it Hot has always been my fave Billy Wilder movie, I should do a hub on it one day, oh wait I did! :)

      Stalag 17 is another film I've watched too many times.

      Wilder disliked Marilyn Monroe but admitted "She has a certain indefinable magic that comes across, which no other actress in the business has.” He added. “They've tried to manufacture other Marilyn Monroe's and they will undoubtedly keep trying. But it won't work. She was an original."

      Thanks for commenting Bruce, always appreciated.

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      UltimateMovieRankings 

      6 years ago from Virginia

      Billy Wilder was a Hollywood force for so many years. Very interesting to see how the poster went from the early 1940s to the early 1980s. I would say my favorite Wilder movies are Double Indemnity, One Two Three, and Stalag 17. I have never been much of a Some Like It Hot or Sunset Blvd fan...but I realize they are classic movies that are loved by many.

      As for the best posters....give me Seven Year Itch and the Lost Weekend as my favorites from this hub.

      I guess this is the last of this series for awhile as you concentrate on the 2nd Star Wars trilogy.....voted up and fun.

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from Manchester, England

      Thats a great idea for a giant wall poster John, a gallery of small posters of all the Best Picture winners.

      These hubs are fun to compile and there are hundreds of topics to choose from. Whenever I need a break from my usual movie hubs I'll be posting one or two of these.

      Thanks for commenting amigo.

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi Steve, and what a great hub this is. ...reminds me of a large portrait my Mom's doctor has in his waiting room. The portrait shows all of the films that have won Oscars from 1940 to 2001. A few years ago I told him he needed to update the portrait to reflect current Oscar winners ;-)

      Voted up

      John

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from Manchester, England

      Rob, Jools. thanks for commenting, much appreciated.

      Rob, fun and fascinating too.

      Jools, that Sunset Boulevard poster is a classic, had to put it first. I always think of the first image in my hubs as the cover of a book.:)

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Steve, loved the first one, Sunset Boulevard. These posters kind of show their age but that's what's so great about them.

      Another cracker :o)

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      Rob 

      6 years ago from Oviedo, FL

      Why are movie posters so much fun to look at?

      Keep 'em coming,

      Rob

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