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can anyone tell me what this was based on?
Certainly done by hand but based on a Tuscan
look in particular at Tusk Candy (No. 22 on the page)
This is hand lettering, and that's that. Lots of movie titles and graphics were done throughout the 20th century with no reference to any existing typeface. In this case, there's no point trying to establish influences. However, if you want to try to mimic the style of this piece, definitely start with one of the aforementioned Tuscan typefaces. the lettering is much less regular, aligned, refined.