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Auction History Result

3p005 MALTESE FALCON 1/2sh '41 Humphrey Bogart with smoking gun, Mary Astor, John Huston classic!

Date Sold 9/9/2012
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Style A Half-Sheet Movie Poster (1/2sh; measures 22" x 28" [56 x 71 cm]) (Learn More)

The Maltese Falcon, the classic 1941 John Huston romantic detective crime film noir ("A story as explosive as his blazing automatics"; "Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, Author of 'The Thin Man'"; "Screen Play by John Huston"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award) starring Humphrey Bogart (as Sam Spade), Mary Astor (as Brigid O'Shaughnessy), Gladys George (as Iva Archer), Peter Lorre (as Joel Cairo), Barton MacLane (as Lt. Dundy), Lee Patrick (as Effie), Sydney Greenstreet (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film; as Kasper Gutman), Ward Bond (as Tom Polhaus), Jerome Cowan (as Miles Archer), and Elisha Cook Jr. (as Wilmer Cook, the "gunsel"). Note that this was the SECOND re-make of this movie (it had been made in 1931 under the original title, and in 1936 as "Satan Met a Lady", starring Bette Davis in the lead role, but it was THIS version by John Huston, with his screenplay that closely followed the Dashiell Hammett novel, with superlative acting, which is an all-time classic.) Note that some of the U.S. posters for this movie used images of Bogart from the 1941 film "High Sierra" (the same is true of some posters for "All Through the Night"!). Note that in all three of these movies (The Maltese Falcon, All Through the Night, and High Sierra), Humphrey Bogart only got the lead part because George Raft turned down the lead in all three!
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Important Added Info: Note that this is an incredibly rare poster! We have never auctioned it before, and we have only seen one other example at auction, and that was over a decade ago! Also note that this poster has been paperbacked.

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. Prior to paperbacking, the poster was never folded. It had some creases, smudges, and scuffs scattered in the image, and some creases, tears, and tiny areas of paper loss around the edges. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to paperbacking. The poster was pretty well backed, but you can see signs of the above defects and the restoration of the above defects when standing close to the poster, but from any reasonable viewing distance, this extremely rare poster displays wonderfully! Please look closely at our super-sized image to get a sense of the exact defects it had and the exact post-restoration appearance of the poster, but realize that there is a limitation to how much of the defects and restoration in the borders and white areas you can see, even in our super-sized image. But I would think the new owner of this poster will display it on their wall and everyone who sees it will be dazzled by it!
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