Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Prison Bait (Million Dollar Pictures, 1939).
    One sheet, paper-backed poster
    27" x 41" (68.58 x 104.14 cm)
    Cleveland; [1944]

    Featuring an all-black cast. Starring Louise Beavers, Reginald Fenderson, Monte Hawley, Eugene Jackson, Freddie Jackson and Bob Simmons. Directed by Leo C. Popkin.

    The film was first released in 1939, under the title Reform School, but was re-released as Prison Bait in 1944. This is the original 1939 one sheet; it simply has a snipe with the new title affixed. The film explores the injustices of the juvenile delinquent prison system. Louise Beavers (1902-1962) appeared in over one hundred films, including Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927), Bombshell (1933), and Imitation of Life (1934). Beavers was often typecast as a housekeeper, and came to embody the "Mammy" archetype throughout her career. Her last role was in The Facts of Life (1961), starring Lucille Ball and Bob Hope. Beavers passed away the following year at the age of 60. She was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1976.

    Condition: Light creasing in places, with some possible separations at folds that have been reinforced with the paper backing. Overall very good.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2019
    15th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 591

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 30 days left to consign to the 2021 May 2 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search