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2e020 GREAT GUY 1sh '36 cool different artwork portrait of James Cagney + talking to cops!

Date Sold 9/1/2013
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 28" x 41 1/4" [71 x 105 cm]) (Learn More)

Great Guy (released in England as "Pluck of the Irish"), the 1936 John G. Blystone crime thriller ("It's tops in Cagney entertainment"; "James Cagney at his best!"; "From the Johnny Cave Stories in the Saturday Evening Post by James Edward Grant"; about the "New York Department of Weights and Measures", which was in charge of making sure the public didn't get cheated on the weight of goods; Cagney is the brash new head of it, who gets the job after the old head is hospitalized for not "playing ball"; Cagney takes on everyone, the crooks who cheat the public, and the crooked politicians who take bribes to let them do it!) starring James Cagney, Mae Clarke, James Burke, Edward Brophy, and Henry Kolker
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Important Added Info: Note that in the past, we have sold a poster similar to this, which was also printed by "Central Show" (see below), but it had a different image of Cagney, and instead of having Mae Clarke by his left, it has an image of Cagney talking to cops! We have never before seen two one-sheet posters with different images for the same movie from a company like this before! Note that this poster measures 28" x 41 1/4" [71 x 105 cm].Note that this poster was printed by "Central Show". In the 1930s and 1940s, a constant headache for theaters was being sure of having movie posters for their current releases. Often, the posters would travel with the actual film prints, and sometimes the theater before them might have forgotten to include the poster, it might have been defaced or torn, etc. If a theater didn't have posters, it was very frustrating! Several companies began in the 1930s (Leader Press, the "other company", Woolever Press, etc) that made posters of their own for new releases, and they would provide a back up for theaters in case they didn't get a studio issued poster. Often the posters from these companies (with the exception of the "other company") were silk-screen posters, but they were often quite attractive, and virtually always had a completely different design from the regular studio issued poster. It is a certainty that these posters were issued when the movies were first released. In fact, they were created PRIOR to the movie's release, so that they could serve as teaser or advance posters (theaters rarely got the studio issued posters before receiving the actual movie).

Condition: good to very good. The poster has paper loss at the top crossfold and some small tears in the left half of the top foldline and in the top quarter of the vertical foldline. There are some black smudges in the foldlines, caused by the poster being folded too quickly after being printed. There is a piece of white tape on the front of three corners, where the poster was once attached to a wall..
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