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    A Farewell To Arms (Paramount, 1932). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). For many reasons, Gary Cooper and Ernest Hemingway intersect in the annals of American culture. Cooper twice portrayed a Hemingway protagonist on film, here and a few years later, in "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Hemingway may never have been happy with Hollywood's adaptations of his novels, but he thought very well of Cooper. Cooper -- in his film roles and in life -- embodied the Hemingway hero's code: a strong, silent man whose pride rested in doing a job well and whose vice lay with women (a shared misogyny that reduced women to either the redeemer or temptress of man). During the filming of "For Whom the Bell Tolls," Cooper and Hemingway became friends, and, perhaps not coincidentally, in a final symbolic act, Hemingway committed suicide only a month after Cooper died. In this card, Cooper shares a portrait with Helen Hayes in a sunny iris that may have made Hemingway cringe but looks lovely to those less self-consciously macho. (Did Hemingway ever say "lovely?") Some tanning in the borders has occurred, as has a rounding of the corners and edges, but the card will display beautifully. Very Fine-.

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