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5m001 THIS GUN FOR HIRE linen 1sh '42 classic image of Alan Ladd with gun & sexy Veronica Lake!

Date Sold 3/1/2015
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Style A One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

This Gun For Hire, the classic 1942 Frank Tuttle crime film noir ("Killer without a conscience! Lover without a heart?"; "Based on the novel by Graham Green") starring Veronica Lake (as a magician who does card tricks!), Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, Alan Ladd, Tully Marshall, Mikhail Rasumny, Marc Lawrence, Pamela Blake, Emmett Vogan, and Victor Kilian. Note that Alan Ladd was fourth billed in this movie (he had been in movies for several years, including in Citizen Kane, but he had mostly tiny roles), but this movie made him a major star. It is incredibly fortunate that the U.S. poster artist chose to feature only fourth-billed Ladd and first-billed Lake on the one-sheet, making it one of the most desirable U.S. posters!
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Important Added Info: Note that there are just a handful of the very most "iconic" movie poster images ever (the ones someone would pick when asked to pick the very best movie posters ever created). There is no one I know of who does not include this poster on their short list! Not only is it from one of the most classic film noir movies ever, but it has wonderful art. You would expect that for Veronica Lake (who was a major star), but the unknown poster artist chose to picture fourth-billed Alan Ladd (and to NOT picture second-billed Robert Preston or third-billed Laird Cregar!), and the result is a "perfect" movie poster! In recent years, this poster has steadily continued to rise in price, as more and more advanced collectors want to include this poster in their collection, but the number of available examples keeps diminishing!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. The poster had tiny paper loss at the crossfolds. It had creases along the bottom horizontal fold and a slightly diagonal fold just below the right half of the top horizontal foldline. There were tiny tears and creases in the top half of the vertical foldline, with minor wear on the other folds. The top 1/2" of the top blank border was trimmed off, as was the bottom 1/4" of the bottom blank border, but only blank white paper was affected. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well (see our image)!
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