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Set of three lobby cards for the film “Margin for Error” (1943)

Object | Accession Number: 2018.590.97

Set of three lobby cards for the American feature film, “Margin for Error,” released by 20th Century-Fox in February 1943. Lobby cards are promotional materials placed in theater lobby windows to highlight specific movie scenes, rather than the broader themes often depicted on posters. The film is based on the 1939 Broadway play written by Clare Boothe Luce. Otto Preminger, who directed and headlined the play, also directed and starred in the film. The film takes place at the Nazi-run German consulate in pre-World War II New York City, where a Jewish policeman is assigned as a guard, becomes friends with some of the residents, and observes both personal and political turmoil. The Consul enlists the leader of the German-American Bund in a plot to bomb an American port, which is ultimately unsuccessful. The premise was based on an actual 1938 event in which New York City mayor, Fiorello La Guardia, assigned a detail of Jewish policemen to guard the Nazi German consulate. The government-controlled press in Germany perceived this act as an insult. This object is one of more than 1,200 objects in the Cinema Judaica Collection of materials related to films about World War II and the Holocaust as well as Jewish, Israeli, and biblical themes.

Cinematic Release:  1943 February
creation: United States
distribution: United States
Object Type
Lobby Cards (lcsh)
Display Cards.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ken Sutak and Sherri Venokur
Record last modified: 2020-12-15 15:15:40
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