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    Underworld (Paramount, 1927). Insert (14" X 36").
    Crime is one of the oldest genres of the cinema. With the introduction of Prohibition in the United States in 1920 and the organized crime that came with it, the crime genre rose to new heights in the cinema. In 1927, director Joseph von Sternberg riddled the silver screen with the bullets from Ben Hecht's screenplay when he made Underworld. George Bancroft portrayed Bull Weed, a gangster based loosely on the real-life crime-boss Al Capone. The film was such a sensation that it is widely regarded as the picture that launched the gangster genre that swept the cinema in the 1930s and gave rise to stars like Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Paul Muni and Humphrey Bogart. This incredible insert has minor issues including some light staining in the borders, dust shadows within the image and two tears in the upper border (one that is two inches long). Rolled, Fine.


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