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3a001 MALTESE FALCON linen French 1p '46 Humphrey Bogart, Lorre, John Huston, different & rare!

Date Sold 12/11/2016
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An Original 1946 (from the first release of this movie in France) Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked French One-Panel "Grande" Movie Poster (1p; measures 43 1/2" x 62 1/4" [110 x 158 cm]) (Learn More)

The Maltese Falcon, the classic 1941 John Huston romantic detective crime film noir ("A story as explosive as his blazing automatics"; "Based on the novel by Dashiell Hammett, Author of 'The Thin Man'"; "Screen Play by John Huston"; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award) starring Humphrey Bogart (as Sam Spade), Mary Astor (as Brigid O'Shaughnessy), Gladys George (as Iva Archer), Peter Lorre (as Joel Cairo), Barton MacLane (as Lt. Dundy), Lee Patrick (as Effie), Sydney Greenstreet (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film; as Kasper Gutman), Ward Bond (as Tom Polhaus), Jerome Cowan (as Miles Archer), and Elisha Cook Jr. (as Wilmer Cook, the "gunsel"). Note that this was the SECOND re-make of this movie (it had been made in 1931 under the original title, and in 1936 as "Satan Met a Lady", starring Bette Davis in the lead role, but it was THIS version by John Huston, with his screenplay that closely followed the Dashiell Hammett novel, with superlative acting, which is an all-time classic) Note that some of the U.S. posters for this movie used images of Bogart from the 1941 film "High Sierra" (the same is true of some posters for "All Through the Night"!). Note that in all three of these movies (The Maltese Falcon, All Through the Night, and High Sierra), Humphrey Bogart only got the lead part because George Raft turned down the lead in all three!
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Important Added Info: Note that all of the leading authorities we have consulted, including Stanislas Choko, agree that this poster from the first French release in 1946 (the delayed release of 1946, of course, was due to the German occupation of France during World War II). Note that we have been told by leading poster dealers that ALL of the known existing examples of this poster known have really significant condition issues, and many have had major restoration. We have only previously auctioned one example of this poster, and that was in 2006, when it auctioned for $9,101 (and that poster had major condition issues and had been backed onto a thin linen). This is the second time we have auctioned this poster, ten years after the first time, and it might well be ten more years before we auction it again! Also, note that no one seems to know who did the really wonderful art for this poster (surely the best art of any poster on this title)! It appears to look very much like the work of legendary French poster artist, Boris Grinsson, but it is not signed, and we have not seen it attributed to him, or anyone else, so for now, it appears that the identity of the artist of this poster will remain a mystery!

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good. The poster had small paper loss at many crossfolds and tears and paper loss on parts of many folds, with some tears, smudges, and stains scattered throughout the poster (this is true of all known examples of this poster; see above). Overall, the poster was in fair to good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was mounted onto linen and it was restored in a somewhat "minimalist" fashion, performing restoration to the above defects without painting over any portion of the poster. From a reasonable viewing distance, this poster looks great (although you can certainly tell it required much restoration), and it is only when you view it extremely close up that you are aware of the extent of the restoration. As noted above, there are no examples of this poster that do not have similar condition issues, and it will display wonderfully on the new owner's wall!
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