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    Manhattan Melodrama (MGM, 1934). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). When patrons exited Chicago's Biograph theater they didn't expect to witness an off-screen murder. Among ticket holders was notorious gangster and mobster film fan John Dillinger. Within minutes of the closing credits, his death became as infamous as his life. Despite a love triangle between William Powell, Myra Loy and Clark Gable and future "Thin Man" director W. S. Van Dyke, this film couldn't quite cut through the typical MGM gloss and produce the gritty realism of gangster flicks that audiences desired. However, MGM paper remains highly sought for the "glossy" appeal. No studio was as dedicated to their paper like MGM. The color and art were often second to none and this card is a prime example. One border bend and slight corner bends (heavier in the upper right corner), plus a small border tear are the only defects keeping this card from its original stunning glory. By the way these cards came from a Chicago consignor and perhaps the very cards offered in these three lots were the ones displayed that very famous July night in 1934! Fine+.

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    November, 2005
    11th-12th Friday-Saturday
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