Go West (MGM, 1925). Three Sheet (41" X 81"). The Great Stone Face, Buster Keaton, stars in the delightful comedy about a Midwestern boy, known only as "Friendless," who follows Horace Greeley's advice to "Go West, young man." Friendless manages to find work on a cattle ranch, but is the most unlikely cowboy one could ever imagine. The real fun starts when Keaton becomes devoted to a cow named "Brown Eyes," and is determined to save her from the slaughterhouse. He sneaks aboard the cattle train that's bound for the L.A. station and causes a hilarious stampede through downtown Los Angeles while rescuing his beloved cow. The poster artwork is signed by noted artist John Held. Famed roaring twenties artist John Held, Jr (1889-1958) was famous for doing commercial art for Life, Liberty, and the New Yorker magazines, and was hired away to Hollywood by MGM's Art Director Hal Burrows. Held did posters for "Battling Butler" which is also a Keaton film, "So This is College" and his work is considered synonymous with the "Jazz Age". The poster has fold line wear with slight paper loss at the fold line intersections, smudges, creases, small tears, and two corners (the upper and bottom left) that have been replaced. The restoration work was professionally done, greatly reducing these defects. This rare, large format poster offers a tremendous illustration of one of the greatest silent comedians in cinema history. Fine+ on Linen.

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