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    This Gun for Hire (Paramount, 1942). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style A.
    In their first film together Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd created such chemistry they turned this crime drama, based on Graham Greene's novel A Gun for Sale, into a seminal film noir classic. Ladd was billed fourth, but after the immense success of this film, he received top billing on all of his following projects. Set in San Francisco during WWII, hit man Philip Raven (Ladd) is double-crossed by nightclub owner Willard Gates, played by Laird Cregar, one of the greatest "heavies" of all time. Raven enlists the aid of Ellen (Lake), not knowing she is a spy for the U.S. Government, as he outwits the police and finds the owner of the chemical company who is selling a formula for poison gas to the enemy. Ladd gives a remarkable performance as the conflicted killer who learns to trust Ellen, in the end saving her fiancée's life and asking for redemption. This highly desirable one sheet had a tape lift in the upper right, minor fold wear, and slight crossfold separations. There were four small chips in the right border and one in the bottom border, a tear on the right side of the horizontal fold, a tear in Lake's forehead with minor chips, and a small missing section of the upper left corner. This sheet has been professionally restored and these issues are not visible on this prized poster. Fine+ on Linen.


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    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

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