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    The Big City (MGM, 1928). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    By the time The Big City was released, Lon Chaney had established himself as one of the biggest talents in the silent film world. His artistry in horror film make-up was highly regarded, as was his masterful ability to often embody characters that were physically deformed and/or plagued with intense melancholy. Versatility also became a hallmark of the actor, who also excelled in roles of hard-edged characters on both sides of the law. Chaney made ten films with director Tod Browning, all successful and truly memorable, including this early crime drama set in New York. Chaney stars as mob boss Chuck Collins, who steals a load of jewels from a rival gang led by Curly (James Murray) but is talked into going straight by the appropriately named Sunshine, played by Marceline Day, who had previously starred with Chaney in London After Midnight. Betty Compson is superb as Collins' moll, Helen. Heritage is proud to present its first large format piece from this film starring the "Man of a Thousand Face," a stone litho one sheet with exceptional color and a gripping image of Chaney and his co-stars. Lightly handled, the poster has left edge wear, smudge at the bottom left, small tear in the top and bottom border, slight crossfold separation, and extra vertical folds. It will be a long while before collectors happen upon this elusive piece again, especially one in such admirable condition. Folded, Very Fine-.




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