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3k0011 DEAD END English 1/2sh R1944 William Wyler, cool art of top-billed Humphrey Bogart, rare!

Date Sold 2/20/2020
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A 1944 Re-Release Theatrical Paperbacked English Half-Sheet Movie Poster (1/2sh; measures 19 3/4" x 28" [50 x 71 cm]) (Learn More)

Dead End, the classic 1937 William Wyler New York City poor-people-in-the-slums-living-side-by-side-with-rich-people crime thriller ("Drama that roars fullblooded from the screen"; "As human as life itself... as dramatic as primal passions... there's never been a motion picture life this! A city street... paved with riches and poverty, comedy and tragedy, romance and heartaches,... time that ticks its way to eternity, punctuated by birth, life and death... a block that end at the river's edge, where frustration lives, yet hope never dies! You may not like these people, nor pity them, but you'll never forget this picture!"; "Based on the play by Sidney Kingsley"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; written by Lillian Hellman; about New York City slum children interacting with rich people, and there is a major subplot about a famous killer coming home to visit his mother and former girlfriend!) starring Sylvia Sidney ("Drina... the girl who wanted an 'out' but who wouldn't sell her soul!"), Joel McCrea ("Dave... who wanted to rip down the tenements instead of living in them!"), Humphrey Bogart ("Baby Face... whose mother was sorry she brought he into the world!"), Wendy Barrie ("Kay... who found her 'out' and wouldn't go back... even for love"), Marjorie Main (as Bogart's mother who rejects him), The Dead End Kids (Billy Hallop, Huntz Hall, Bobby Jordan, Leo Gorcey, Gabriel Dell, and Bernard Punsly, in their very first movie!; billed as "The Dead End Kids from the original New York stage cast"; "Tommy, Leo, Angel, Dippy and Spit, played by the children who were the sensation of the New York stage play!"), Claire Trevor ("Francey... who took the 'easiest' way... and found it the hardest!"; nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for this film; as Bogart's ex-girlfriend, now a prostitute), Allen Jenkins ("Hunk... Baby Face's henchman who met his doom when shadows deepened!"), and Ward Bond (as the doorman!)
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Artist: Clifford Rowe
Important Added Info: Note that we have never before auctioned this 1944 re-release English half-sheet, which measures 19 3/4" x 28" [50 x 71 cm]. 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. Note that because this poster was paperbacked onto a thicker paper backing, it CAN'T be sent rolled (someone could conceivably roll it or try to do so, but we think it would have a strong chance of lessening its condition, so we will only send it in a very large flat package, unless the buyer insists, and then they would be responsible for any damage).

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: very good. Prior to paperbacking, the poster was never folded. It had smudges and scuffs scattered in the dark colored areas and some creases, pinholes, and tears around the edges. Overall, the poster was in good to very good condition prior to paperbacking. The poster was nicely backed, and displays well!
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