Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    The Big City (MGM, 1928). Silver Nitrate Title Lobby Card & Lobby Card Transparencies (5) (10.25" X 13").
    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 embody characters that were physically deformed and/or plagued with intense melancholy. Versatility also became a hallmark of the actor, who excelled too in roles as hard-edged characters on both sides of the law. Chaney made ten films with director Tod Browning, including this early crime drama set in New York City. Chaney stars as mob boss Chuck Collins, who steals a load of jewels from a rival gang led by 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. These original celluloid transparencies were used to create black and white lobby cards, and are presented as a Heritage first. They were hand cut out of a sheet, so many have rough or uneven edges, and possibly a few unobtrusive chips. The transparencies are still in wonderful condition, showing only mild surface wear, with some light smudges and scuffs, and minor spots in the image areas. Overall Grade: Very Fine.


    Please see full-color, enlargeable images above for more details.

    View movie details on IMDB
    View movie details on AllMovie


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    July, 2018
    28th-29th Saturday-Sunday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 3
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 364

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 10 days left to consign to the 2019 July 27 - 28 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    Grey is a true asset to Heritage Auctions and Heritage Auctions are a true asset to the Movie Poster Hobby.
    Jim G.,
    Ray, MI
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Auction #161904 spotlights


    Star Wars (20th Century Fox, 1977) Folded, Very Fine. International Three Sheet
    BID NOW


    Frankenstein (Mondo, 2018). Rolled, Near Mint. Hand Numbered Limited Edition Screen Print Poster
    BID NOW


    You Only Live Twice (United Artists, 1967) Rolled, Fine+. Insert
    BID NOW


    Deep Throat (Aquarius Releasing, 1972) Folded, Very Fine+. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    Some Like It Hot (United Artists, 1959) Fine/Very Fine on Linen. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    White Heat (Warner Brothers, 1949) Folded, Very Fine. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    Ziegfeld Follies (MGM, 1945) Folded, Very Good+. One Sheet
    BID NOW


    Viva Las Vegas (MGM, 1964) Folded, Very Fine-. One Sheet Style A
    BID NOW

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 March 23 - 24 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 March 23 - 24 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $2,026,954
    Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
    Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
    REALIZED $65,610.20