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Lot #: #144 DEAD END lobby card '37 Humphrey Bogart teaches kids!!

Date Sold 12/18/2004
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Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 8

The image at right appears in the auction catalog we published as shown above and was sold long ago and we do NOT have it available for purchase.

An Original Vintage Theatrical Movie Lobby Card (measures 11" x 14") (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 him 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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Important Added Info: Note that neither Humphrey Bogart nor the Dead End Kids (who had not yet gotten that nickname, as this was their first movie) were highly billed in this movie. But in the years after, they became the best-remembered part of this movie. The lobby card offered here is the only lobby card to show Bogart and the Dead End Kids, and it is from the classic scene where he instructs them in knife throwing!

Condition: good to very good. the entire card has faded slightly due to exposure from sunlight (if you were not told this, you would likely not know it, as the fading does not hurt the appearance of the card); water stains down the right 1" of the card, mostly in the right blank border, but extending into the right edge of the image; a 1" tear in the upper part of the right border (repaired with tape from the back); many staple holes and light smudges around the edges of the image. The card is in better condition than the above makes it sound! The card has an overall good appearance, except for the stains in the right border, which would be matted out during framing. Of course, a talented restorer could greatly improve the appearance of this card, but I would think many collectors would be happy to display it just as it is!
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