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3a082 I AM A FUGITIVE FROM A CHAIN GANG WC '32 great close up art of escaped convict Paul Muni!

Date Sold 12/11/2008
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Window Card Movie Poster (WC; measures 14" x 22") (Learn More)

I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, the classic 1932 Mervyn LeRoy southern-U.S.-prison-camp escape crime thriller ("If you LIKED 'Scarface YOU'LL RAVE about 'I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang'"; "The fury of a scorned woman SENT HIM BACK TO HELL!"; based on the autobiography "By Robert E. Burns"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; about the real-life man who through misfortune ended up in a Georgia prison working on a chain gang; against all odds, he escaped and returned to his hometown of Chicago, where he became a major success, hiding his past; his prison escape was discovered, and in the movie, he agrees to serve a short amount of time in the prison, but he is double-crossed, and he escapes again, but this time, his future is very bleak) starring Paul Muni (as James Allen/Allen James; nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for this film), Glenda Farrell, Helen Vinson, Preston Foster, Everett Brown (as the black African American convict Sebastian, who hits Paul Muni's shackles with a sledgehammer!), Noel Francis, Allen Jenkins, Edward Ellis, and Harry Woods. Note that this is one of the rare cases where Hollywood took a happy ending and made it unhappy! In real life, Robert Burns refused to return to the prison, and Illinois refused to extradite him to Georgia, and he lived out his life without ever returning to prison. But apparently, Warner Bros. wanted a more dramatic ending to the story, and so they invented their ending, where Burns returns, is double-crossed, and escapes a second time!
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Important Added Info: Note that the one-sheet image for this classic movie shows artwork of a tormented escaped convict, but it bears virtually no resemblance to Paul Muni! The image on this window card however has an excellent likeness to Paul Muni, and has excellent artwork! Also note that this poster has been paperbacked. What is paperbacking? This means the poster was backed onto a paper backing (acid-free), that is similar in feel to that of the original poster (except somewhat heavier). It is a similar process to linenbacking, except that most collectors use linenbacking for one-sheets and paperbacking for half-sheets, inserts, window cards, and lobby cards.

Condition: very good. The poster was never folded. It had pinholes, tears, smudges, and creases around the edges of the card, and smudges in the background areas. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to paperbacking. The poster was expertly backed, and would look fantastic on anyone's wall!
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