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    The Tunnel (Supreme, 1940). One Sheet (27" X 41"). The Tunnel was the American release title for this early Ealing film, originally entitled The Proud Valley in Great Britain. To the best of our knowledge, the American release of The Tunnel was contemporary with the British release of The Proud Valley, dating this poster, certainly from the first American release, to 1940. The film tells the story of a young man, David Goliath (Paul Robeson), gifted with a fine singing voice, who becomes a hero to the Welsh coalminers with whom he works, ultimately sacrificing his life to save those of his friends and co-workers during a mine disaster. Most of Robeson's films were made in the U.K., and of all his movies, he considered this one his favorites, as he felt it showed working class people in a positive light. Although he traveled throughout the world, Robeson was particularly beloved by the people of Wales, where this film was made. This rare and desirable poster shows crossfold separation and edge tears, as well as a small area of dust-shadowing at the bottom and a tear in the "n" of "Robeson." Even with these slight flaws, this is still an attractive and very scarce poster for a wonderful film. Fine+.

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