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    They Made Me a Criminal (Warner Brothers, 1939). Window Card (14" X 22").
    In the late 30's and certainly by 1939, Warner Brothers had all but abandoned artwork for their various posters, concentrating on photographic images, usually the duotone style which dominated their posters through the 40's. This window card for John Garfield's second starring film is an anomaly and arguably among the best designed window cards from any Warners period, featuring dramatic lighting on Garfield and provocative portraits of redhead Ann Sheridan and blonde Gloria Dickson. Exceptional color choices complement the dramatic tone of the film, the story of a boxer falsely accused of murder after a drunken brawl. They Made Me a Criminal solidified Garfield as a major leading man. In one of Jose Carpio's legendary poster catalogues, Stephen Rebello, the co-author of Reel Art, singled out this window card as an example of exceptional design. No other window card in this condition has surfaced at auction. This wonderful poster shows bends in three corners, a small stain in the left side, a scuff in the image area, paper tape on the reverse, and some very light paper loss in the imprint area. It is, however, a beautiful piece that any collector will be proud to own. Fine+.

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    November, 2009
    11th-14th Wednesday-Saturday
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