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Cool Item Of the Week: The Hustler pressbook

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Added: 10/16/2017

As many of you know, I, Bruce Hershenson, owner of eMoviePoster.com, have collected pressbooks (and related movie paper like studio yearbooks) for over 30 years, and I have the world's foremost collection of such material. I thought I would share one item with you each week, the type of items you almost surely have never seen before, and which might not come up for sale for DECADES!

This week, I have the pressbook from Robert Rossen's The Hustler, the classic 1961 Robert Rossen (nominated for the Best Director Academy Award for this film) pool-hall billiards gambling cheating romantic sports melodrama ("A motion picture that probes the stranger... The pick-up... Why a man hustles for a buck or a place in the sun!"; "It probes the stranger... The pick-up... The savage realities..."; "It probes the stranger... the pick-up... the savage realities of life and love!"; "It delves without compromise into the hungers that lie deep within us all!"; "A searching look into the innermost depths of a woman's heart... And a man's desires!"; based on the novel by Walter Tevis; nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award; about a pocket billiards pool sports hustler's rise and fall; the best movie about gambling ever made!) starring Paul Newman (nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award for this film; "Fast Eddie... The hustler - a strange past... An animal instinct!", as "Fast Edddie" Felson), Jackie Gleason (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film; "Minnesota Fats... Give him the chance... And he'll buy your tomorrows!"; "as 'Minnesota Fats'"), Piper Laurie (nominated for the Best Actress Academy Award for this film; "Sarah... A bottle... Two glasses and a man's razor always in her room!", as Sarah Packard), George C. Scott (nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for this film; "Bert... The angle guy... looking for a sucker!", as Bert Gordon), Myron McCormick (as Charlie Burns), Murray Hamilton (as Findley), Michael Constantine (as Big John), Stephan Gierasch (as Preacher), Clifford A. Pellow (as Turk Baker, the man who breaks Eddie's thumbs), Jake La Motta (in a cameo role as a bartender!), Carl York (as the "Young Hustler", in the thumb breaking scene), Vincent Gardenia (as the bartender in the opening sequence who is swindled), and Willie Mosconi (legendary real life pool champion, as Willie).

Here is an image of the front cover and two interior poster pages:

Each week I will showcase a different pressbook (or related item) from my collection (so in just 25,000 weeks or so, I will have shared the entire collection with you!).


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