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4j109 ENFORCER Italian 1p '51 best different Martinati art of Humphrey Bogart carrying woman!

Date Sold 12/8/2013
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Italian One-Panel (known in Italy as a "2 Fogli") Movie Poster (1p; measures 39" x 55" [99 x 140 cm]) (Learn More)

The Enforcer, the 1951 Bretaigne Windust crime thriller ("'If you're smart you'll come in - if you're dumb you'll be dead...'"; "The hero of this story is the fighting District Attorney of this city - and every city!"; "Here is the story of the man who matched himself against a nationwide network of 'killers-for-hire'... The first story of the double-fisted D.A. who tore apart the evil dynasty that peddled murder for a price!"; "The Most Vicious Words In Crimedom and Angela learned them all! 'CONTRACT': an order for a killing 'HIT': a murder victim 'TROOP': the local murder mob 'FINGER': he set up the 'hit'"; "Written by Martin Rackin"; detailing the history of the famous "Murder, Inc." crime gang) starring Humphrey Bogart ("as the double-fisted District Attorney who matched bullet for bullet with a nationwide network of killers-for-hire!"), Zero Mostel (excellent in an early non-comedic role!), Ted de Corsia, Roy Roberts, Everett Sloane, Adelaide Klein, and Patricia Joiner. Note that organized crime language had never achieved mainstream use before this, so they needed to explain on the posters what "contract", "hit", "troop", and "finger" meant!
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Artist: Luigi Martinati
Important Added Info: A talented restorer gel backed the poster (meaning they backed the poster onto a gel material) and they then performed slight restoration to the above defects, and then removed the gel backing, so that the poster still exactly looks and feels like an original poster (and it is!), with no backing at all. The restoration was done really well, but it was done "in the European style" (see below).

Condition: good to very good. The poster had stains, creases, tears, and tiny paper loss in the bottom horizontal fold, with minor wear on the other folds. It had darkening scattered in the right edge of the right border. A talented restorer gel-backed the poster "in the European style", meaning that they did little restoration to the defects described above, and afterward removed the gel, so the poster now looks and feels like an original Italian one-panel poster, except it is rolled, and easier to handle! For those who don't mind these kinds of defects (which confirm that it is an original poster), the poster can be displayed just as it is. But for anyone wanting to, it would be very simple for a restorer to linenback the poster and perform restoration to the above defects, after which it will look incredible!
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