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2e144 FLAMING CRISIS linen 1sh '24 stone litho of African American man in jail haunted by a ghost!

Date Sold 9/1/2013
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 28 1/2" x 42" [72 x 107 cm]) (Learn More)

The Flaming Crisis, the 1924 silent black African American romantic murder melodrama ("With a notable cast of colored artists"; about a black newspaperman who is convicted of a murder he did not commit on circumstantial evidence, and he is sentenced to prison, but he escapes and makes his way to the southwest, where he takes up with Tex Miller, a beautiful cowgirl, and after he captures some outlaws, he gives himself up, knowing he will spend a long time in prison, but he finds that the real murderer has confessed, and he heads back to Tex Miller!) starring Calvin Nicholson, Dorothy Dunbar, Henry Dixon, William Butler, and Marie Chester. Note that the female lead in this movie is named "Dorothy Dunbar". There WAS a famous white actress of the 1920s by this name, but we think it is extremely likely that this was NOT the Dorothy Dunbar in this movie, but rather a black actress of the same name, but we can find no further information on this (the IMDb lists the actress as the "white" Dorothy Dunbar, but they are known for many errors). If anyone knows more about this, please e-mail us and we will post it here.
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster measures 28 1/2" x 42" [72 x 107 cm].

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. It appears that the poster was never machine folded, but that it was rolled at one time, which caused some light horizontal creases scattered in the poster, and also a few tears. The poster had an uneven 8" horizontal tear in the top right corner of the poster, extending into the hair of the man. There were some small tears in the background above his head and some in the background to the right of his shoulder. There were some other tears around the edges and some tiny bits of surface paper loss scattered in the image. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was pretty well backed, but you can see signs of the above defects and the restoration of the above defects (if I owned this poster, I would surely give it to a top restorer to have some additional restoration performed, likely without re-backing the poster).
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