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2e190 HELL'S KITCHEN linen Other Company 1sh '39 different stone litho of the Dead End Kids!

Date Sold 9/1/2013
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Hell's Kitchen, the 1939 E.A. Dupont (Ewald Andre Dupont) & Lewis Seiler New York City teenage delinquent reform school melodrama ("We're fightin' the whole world... And we're tryin' to fight clean!"; "Crowded with action!"; "They are fighting the battle a thousand forgotten killers fought... and lost! ...It's a fight to go straight... to overcome the evil every gutter kid must face! Can they do it? You'll find out... in the most exciting picture the 'Dead End' Kids have ever made!"; "From an original story by Crane Wilbur") starring The Dead End Kids (including Billy Halop, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Huntz Hall, and Gabriel Dell), Margaret Lindsay, Ronald Reagan, Stanley Fields, and Grant Mitchell. Note that this movie was basically a remake of the 1933 Warner Bros. movie "The Mayor of Hell", starring James Cagney. Warner Bros. must have REALLY loved this plot, because they used it in 1938's "Crime School", with the Dead End Kids and Humphrey Bogart, and then they reused it in this movie, the very next year!
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Important Added Info: Note that this was printed by the "other company". This was a company in the Midwest that from roughly 1936 to roughly 1941 printed its own one-sheets and lobby card sets (and a very few inserts and half-sheets) for three major studio movies (Warner Brothers, Paramount and United Artists, but no other studios). The posters and lobby cards are from the original release of the movie, and almost always have completely different artwork from the regular studio release. They never have the name of the releasing studio on the poster or any of the lobby cards. Sometimes, "other company" posters or lobby cards have images that are the equal of those from the regular studio release posters or lobby cards!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. The poster had a 3" vertical tear just above the middle crossfold and some tiny bits of paper loss between the middle crossfold and the bottom crossfold, with some tiny tears and tiny bits of paper loss on parts of the other folds and around the edges of the poster. There was a 10" slightly diagonal scuff mark near the middle of the poster, running between the "L" and "S" of "HELL'S". Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The restorer backed the poster "in the European style", meaning that they did not do restoration to the defects described above. Note that the restorer who mounted the poster did not leave any excess linen around the edges of the poster.
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