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In the Heat of the Night (1967) Movie Poster & Lobby Card Values

Norman Jewison's sizzling In the Heat of the Night burst into American movie theaters in 1967 starring Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger, an unlikely pair who team up to investigate a murder in redneck Sparta, Mississippi. Lee Grant, Warren Oates, William Schallert and Beah Richards also appear. Valuable In the Heat of the Night memorabilia includes movie posters, lobby cards, pressbooks, first edition books and publicity stills.

In the Heat of the Night blazed its way into movie theaters in 1967. Sidney Poitier plays Virgil Tibbs, a black homicide police detective from Philadelphia who assists a small-town southern sheriff in a murder investigation in racially-charged Sparta, Mississippi. Directed by Norman Jewison, In the Heat of the Night also stars Rod Steiger (Chief Bill Gillespie), Lee Grant (Mrs. Colbert) and Warren Oates (Sam Wood). In the Heat of the Night premiered in New York City on August 2, 1967, eventually collecting seven Academy Award nominations: Best Picture (won), Best Actor (Rod Steiger, won), Best Screenplay (Stirling Silliphant, won), Best Film Editing (won), Best Sound (won), Best Director and Best Sound Effects.

Here are ten valuable In the Heat of the Night movie posters, lobby card sets and other artifacts that are sure to ignite movie memorabilia collectors. "They call me Mister Tibbs!" - Sidney Poitier

In the Heat of the Night One Sheet Movie Poster

A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine condition sold at auction for $107.55.

In the Heat of the Night one sheet poster $107.55

In the Heat of the Night Three Sheet Movie Poster

A big three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in fine condition brought $53 at auction.

In the Heat of the Night Academy Awards Style One Sheet Movie Poster

An Academy Awards style one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in fine+ condition fetched a reasonable $15 at auction. "Winner of 5 Academy Awards," the poster trumpets. 

In the Heat of the Night Lobby Card Set

A complete set of eight lobby cards (11x14-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $59. Moviegoers in 1967 might have glimpsed these cards on display in movie theater lobbies. 

In the Heat of the Night lobby set $59

In the Heat of the Night Pressbook

The movie's pressbook is valued at $15-20. The pressbook contains the film's entire promotional campaign. 

In the Heat of the Night Australian Daybill Poster

An Australian daybill poster (13x30-inches) in very fine+ condition sold at auction for $51.

In the Heat of the Night First Edition Book

In the Heat of the Night by John Ball was first published by Harper & Row in 1965. A 184-page first edition with original dust jacket in fine condition brought a top bid of $310.70 at auction. 

John Ball's In the Heat of the Night first edition $310.70

In the Heat of the Night Publicity Stills

A collection of 25 8x10 black-and-white movie stills in mint condition sold at auction for $143.40. These stills were sent to movie theaters and the media for publicity purposes. 

In the Heat of the Night Half Sheet Movie Poster

A half sheet movie poster (22x28-inches) in fine condition sold at auction for $50. 

In the Heat of the Night Japanese B2 Movie Poster

A Japanese B2 movie poster (20x28-inches) in very fine condition brought $83.65 at auction. 

In the Heat of the Night Japanese movie poster $83.65

In the Heat of the Night Movie Memorabilia Credits

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: In the Heat of the Night half sheet movie poster $50

Copyright © 2012 William J. Felchner. All rights reserved.

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Important movie--and not a bad series.

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