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Gino Boccasile's "Grandi Firme" Covers

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Does Miss Grandi Firme exist? - Welcome to Cinecittà (21st April 1938).
20th January 1938.
Le Grandi Firme Estive 1938 (Summer Grandi Firme 1938).
Gino Boccasile's cover for the songbook of the swing song Signorina Grandi Firme (1938), that referred to the Gino Boccasile's Grandi Firme covers. The song was sung by Carlo Moreno and the Trio Lescano, with conductor Pippo Barzizza and the Orchestra Cetra.


1930s and early 1940s Italian crooner Carlo Moreno.


Classic vocal pop group Trio Lescano; from the left: Alexandrina Eveline Leschan (aka Alessandra Lescano), Judik Leschan (aka Giuditta Lescano) and Catharina Matjf Leschan (aka Caterinetta Lescano). The Leschan sisters were Dutch-Hungarian born and naturalized Italian.
The Trio Lescano was the most popular Italian vocal pop group in the late 1930s and in the early 1940s.


Italian bandleader and composer Pippo Barzizza. He was the most popular Italian swing bandleader from the 1930s to the 1950s, author of many soundtracks (mainly of comedies and of comic movies) and collaborator of the Italian national radio and TV broadcaster (both as EIAR and as RAI).
Pippo Barzizza was also the father of late 1940s and 1950s revue and comedy star Isa Barzizza.


Carlo Moreno and Trio Lescano with Pippo Barzizza and Orchestra Cetra, Signorina Grandi Firme; Fonit, 1938.
Were looking for a diva! - We offer you a movie contract (9th June 1938).

In 1938 Le Grandi Firme promoted a national beauty contest: the prize was a movie contract. The beauty contest was won by the 19-year-old Barbara Nardi, who starred in Mario Bonnard's Papà Per una Notte (Daddy for one night, 1939) and in Emanuele Caracciolo's Troppo Tardi T'Ho Conosciuta (I met you too late, 1940). Both movies belonge to the late 1930s and early 1940s Italian decò comedies (aka telefoni bianchi movies).
15th July 1937.
Economy class train - Venice (10th June 1937).
24th June 1937.
1st July 1937.
6th May 1937.
13th May 1937.
17th March 1938.
30th September 1937.
Wet paint (5th August 1937).
27th May 1937.
8th July 1937.
30th June 1938.
28th October 1937.
A great treasure was stolen (24th February 1938).
Hollywood Km. 6812 (22th April 1937).
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Le Grandi Firme (The great signatures) was
a literary review published in Italy from 1924 to 1938, as a fortnightly review from 1924 to 1936 and as a weekly review in 1937 and in 1938. The review hosted mainly humorous, spicy and erotic episode novels and short stories, written by international and Italian authors. Among these authors: W. Somerset Maugham, P.G. Wodehouse, Dorothy Parker, Massimo Bontempelli, Vitaliano Brancati and Achille Campanile.


Gino Boccasile.

Italian graphic and painter Gino Boccasile conceived and designed the covers of Le Grandi Firme from April 1937 to October 1938. For these covers, Gino Boccasile used to draw female characters in ironic and grotesque situations. These characters gained huge popularity and were called Signorine Grandi Firme (Misses Grandi Firme).

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