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    Red Headed Woman (MGM, 1932). Very Fine+ on Paper. One Sheet (27.5" X 41") Style C.
    This gorgeous one sheet is among the most desirable items any collector could put on their wish list. Its exceptional rarity has landed this piece on Heritage's auction block only once before, making the poster a tantalizing opportunity for fans of classic pre-Code cinema. Hollywood's famous "Platinum Blonde" takes on a new shade in her role as a conniving, fiery-haired socialite, playing the part with a fervor that left audiences gaping at the film's audacity. A stupendously scintillating comedy with no moral lesson in sight, the picture's plot came from the pages of Katherine Brush's 1931 novel, gleefully adapted by none other than renowned humorist Anita Loos. MGM had originally picked F. Scott Fitzgerald of The Great Gatsby fame to pen the screenplay, but his version of Brush's book came out closer to a dour drama than the scandalous romp envisioned by director Jack Conway. Loos, however, wrote a story full of enough delightful debauchery to give more prudish theater patrons a case of the vapors. Of course, the leading role of the unrepentant gold digger, Lil, would be a tricky bit for many actresses to perform. But it was Jean Harlow that rose to occasion of playing the low-born aspiring socialite, balancing the character's overwhelming tackiness with an irresistible charm. The picture's cast also featured a number of Hollywood notables, such as stars Chester Morris, Una Merkel, Lewis Stone, and a young Charles Boyer. A brilliant poster in gorgeous stone lithography, this arresting one sheet once showed some minor crossfold separation and minute pinholes prior to restoration. There is some very faint foxing still barely visible in the title. This wonderful poster was displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art, in the show "The American Century: Art and Culture 1900-2000," April 23- August 22, 1999. This is a stunning piece of remarkable scarcity, and would be a cornerstone of any great poster collection. Very Fine+ on Paper.


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