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    Man, Woman and Sin (MGM, 1927). Three Sheet (41" X 81").
    Jeanne Eagles is a name pretty much forgotten in film circles but for a fictional bio film made in 1957 starring Kim Novak. The real Eagels was the darling of Broadway in The Night Watch (1921) and in the role of the prostitute Sadie Thompson in the theatrical adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's short story Rain (1922). This film was her first starring role in an "A" film and would be one of only three "A" films she starred in before her untimely death from drugs and alcohol in 1929. This great stone litho three sheet is most likely the only extant copy. Starring John Gilbert, Eagels and Gladys Brockwell, the film was a somber look at a young man who falls head over heels in love with a society newspaper reporter (Eagels), who is seeing her married boss. She uses the young man to make her lover jealous until she begins to fall for him. In a tragic turn of events, the boy kills the older boss and is sent to prison until the reporter comes to his defense. In James Card's 1994 book, "Seductive Cinema, The Art of the Silent Film," he writes, "Casting Jeanne Eagels in such a role was perfect. Already worn and coming apart after long acquaintance with too much alcohol and too many drugs, she was still bewitchingly beautiful, but in her cynical eyes there resided that powerful challenge of a woman who knows too much....Man, Woman and Sin is a film that could only be savored, understood and appreciated in an era long after its release..." This wonderful stone litho poster had some trimming to the left border as well as some chipping on all borders as well as on the fold lines. Professional conservation has restored it to its former beauty. This is a beautiful and historic poster and anything from this title is exceedingly scarce. Fine+ on Linen.

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