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    Underworld (Paramount, 1928). Very Fine+ on Paper. German Poster (37.75" X 55"). Schulz Neudamm Artwork. From the Mike Kaplan Collection.
    Making its premiere appearance at Heritage, this is the only known copy of this German poster, which was once displayed at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Crime is one of the oldest genres of the cinema. With the introduction of Prohibition in the United States in 1920 and the organized crime that came with it, the crime genre rose to new heights in the cinema. In 1927, director Joseph von Sternberg riddled the silver screen with the bullets from Ben Hecht's screenplay when he made Underworld. George Bancroft portrays Bull Weed, a gangster based loosely on real-life crime-boss Al Capone. The film was such a sensation that it is widely regarded as the picture that launched the gangster genre that swept the cinema in the 1930s and gave rise to stars like Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Paul Muni and Humphrey Bogart. This stone litho German poster has only needed professional touchup to slight fold wear and separation, a minute chip in the lower border, and a couple of minor tears in the left background.




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