Suspense at the Tour de France – 5 Tulipes Rouges Original Movie Poster – 1949


This poster is an original first printing, not a reproduction.

5 Tulipes Rouge / Five Red Tulips is the 1949 French film noir classic directed by Jean Stelli and starring René Dary, Suzanne Dehelly, and Raymond Bussières.

The Tour de France, interrupted during the war, resumed in 1947. The action of this film takes place just a year later (very important for the end of the story). During this Tour de France inspired movie, set in 1948, five champions, all wearing the race leader yellow jersey, are assassinated as the race stages progress. A car accident in which the brakes were sabotaged, poisoning, sawed-off bicycle handlebars, a bicycle spoke stuck in a rider’s back by a gloved hand. Each time, the murderer leaves a red tulip close to the victim as a signature.  Who did this dastardly deed? Police inspector Ricoul and tenacious female sportswriter Colonelle join efforts to unmask the culprit. This has always been a scarce poster. Of the three sizes, this example is by far the most difficult to find.

This lot includes the poster only as the screenshots are, well, screenshots.

This poster has been archivally and professionally linen backed. Virtually all original vintage posters of this era were viewed as temporary advertising and were printed on fragile, thin paper. While expensive, linen backing is a conservation method used to mount, stabilize, preserve, and protect vintage posters so they can be displayed or framed without compromising value.

Artist: Henri Debeure

Year: 1949

Size: 22.6 x 38.4 in.  / 57.5 x 97.5 cm – Linen Backed Archival Mounting

Printer: Aussel, Paris

Condition: Clean example, Strong Colors, paper toning, Professional linen backed.

This is a one of a kind item; please review the photos carefully to determine the condition.

In stock

SKU: PT-200170 Category:


Vintage posters are the original form of advertising. These posters, made to advertise products, were never intended to last; they were hung outdoors, rained on, and eventually torn down or covered up. The early process of stone lithography created beautiful images, but quantities were small; generally, only 2,000 to 3,000 were printed. The examples that have survived are those that were not displayed; they are the extras that didn’t get used.

By the 1950s, posters were being printed using processes much more technologically advanced than labor-intensive stone lithography. Modern Era Posters are crisp, vibrant, and capture the riders at the perfect moment in time. Official race posters have bold color schemes that jump off the wall. From its roots in the second half of the 1800s, contemporary posters continue to tell the ever-evolving story of cycling.


This is a one of a kind item, please review the photos carefully to determine condition.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs