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4y0029 BARGAIN linen 1sh R1918 art of William S. Hart w/gun by poker chips in 1st movie, ultra rare!

Date Sold 7/7/2020
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A 1918 Re-Release (re-titled "The Two-Gun Man in The Bargain" for this re-release) Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

The Bargain, the 1914 Reginald Barker silent romantic gambling outlaw cowboy western (a great story of an outlaw who holds up a stage and is severely wounded while escaping with the money; he is taken in by a rancher and his pretty daughter, who nurses him back to health; when he recovers, he goes on the run again, and a sheriff captures him, and recovers the money, but while they are waiting to take the stage back to where the robbery occurred, the sheriff loses all the money in a crooked gambling casino!; the sheriff tells the outlaw that he is as big a crook as the outlaw is, because he lost all the money, and the outlaw tells the sheriff that he will offer him a deal; if the sheriff will let him, he will steal back the money, but only if the sheriff will let him go free; the sheriff takes off his handcuffs and he goes back to the casino and holds it up; he takes the money back to the town where he is wanted, and the sheriff seemingly double crosses him, arresting him after he turns in the money; but then, the sheriff takes him out of town and lets him go, telling him to get his girl and take off, and that he'll give him a two hour start so he can start a new life!) starring William S. Hart (in his first feature film), J. Frank Burke, Clara Williams, J. Barney Sherry, and Joseph J. Dowling
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Important Added Info: Note that ANY movie paper from this movie is incredibly rare, and likely there are no movie posters that survive from the 1914 first release. We have never previously auctioned anything from this movie until we received this great 1918 re-release one-sheet, which not only has a close image of William S. Hart pointing a gun, but he is also standing by a poker table with chips on it (and this is his very first movie)! We have seen an image of a different one-sheet from this re-release that has a completely different image, so there were two different one-sheets for this re-release.

Note that this is definitely a very early re-release, but we can't be 100% sure it is from 1918. We know that "W.H. Productions" started re-releasing earlier William Hart movies in 1918, and we found newspaper ads that use this re-release title ("The Two-Gun Man in The Bargain") from as early as 1918, so there is a wonderful chance it IS from 1918. TCM's site says the movie was re-released in 1920, and IMDb says it was re-released in 1923, and it makes perfect sense that it may well have also been re-released in those years, but we believe this re-release is surely from 1918. If anyone knows more about this, please e-mail us and we will post it here.

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good. The poster had paper loss at the top crossfold and Hart's cheek, extending down to his jaw. It had small tears and tiny paper loss on parts of the other folds, with a 1/2" x 1 1/2" area of paper loss in Hart's hat, and a similar sized area of paper loss in the middle of Hart's sleeve. The poster had its bottom title area trimmed from the image area and the image area also had 1" trimmed from the left and right (likely because they displayed this area by itself, but fortunately, they kept the bottom area). Overall, the poster was in fair to good condition prior to linenbacking. Someone mounted the bottom section beneath the top section, exactly as is, and performed restoration to the defects described above, but did not attempt to add in the missing paper in the left and right or the image area (the top image area measures 25 1/2" wide, while the bottom image area measures 28" wide, and the entire poster measures 41 1/2" high).
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