Born on 12 January 1884 in Waco, Mary Louise Cecilia "Texas" Guinan played a gun-slinger and rode bareback in silent films, took New York by storm in 1906, and earned a salary of $700,000 as a speakeasy hostess. Here are highlights from a life led at full speed until 5 November 1933. Meet TEXAS GUINAN!

Monday, October 17, 2005

Texas: "The Moonshine Feud"

Speakeasy superstar Texas Guinan made a 1920 film -- The Moonshine Feud -- 5 years before she started promoting bootleg liquor. In the summer of 2004, a rare poster from that film was sold in Texas. It fetched $1,955.00. Here's how the Dallas auction house described this collectible for buyers:

Born in Waco, Texas to a wholesale grocer and his wife, Texas Guinan rose to stardom as "Queen of the Nightclubs" and built a reputation of a fiercely independent, totally outspoken party girl. Guinan found work in Hollywood in the mid-teens, making two-reel westerns (with several poverty-row studios) about a tough, gun slingin' woman. When that dried up, she moved to New York and built the "Hello, Sucker" reputation and notoriety that would follow her for the rest of her life. In the late twenties, Warner Brothers hired her to star in a talking film called "Queen of the Nightclubs." It is believed that when this was released, this stock poster was produced to cash in on her renewed popularity, and thus her ten-year-old short films were reissued with sound effects and a musical score.
Auction: Offered here [July 16, 2004] is a very rare one sheet to one of the Texas Guinan reissue short films. This poster was linen backed, but prior to that had a piece missing which ran from the right border into the "c" and the "k" in "Sucker." The poster has been conserved and restored, and it is hard to tell that it was ever damaged. Fine-on Linen.
* Rare Movie Poster Auction *
Item: The Moonshine Feud (Unknown, 1920). One Sheet (27" X 41").
Sold for: $1,955.00
[The floor auction was held in Dallas, TX on Saturday, July 17, 2004.]