I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (Warner Brothers, 1932). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). Far more than a mere gangster picture, this is social commentary at its very best. Based on the real-life experiences of Robert Elliot Burns, this famed picture tells the story of James Allen (Paul Muni), a veteran returned from World War I, who, like so many others, finds work hard to come by. Flat broke and desperate, he is arrested for a crime he did not commit, and sentenced to a brutal ten years on a chaingang. Allen escapes and, relocating to Chicago, starts life anew, quickly becoming a successful businessman and a leading citizen. His past catches up to him, however, and he's returned to the chaingang. When a deal with the authorities goes bad, Allen's situation becomes even worse. Burns, still a fugitive at the time this movie was made, served as an advisor for a short time. His book, and the impact of this hard-hitting movie, led to real reforms in the Georgia chaingang system upon which the movie was based, and established Warner Brothers as the studio of socially-conscious films. Paper from this title is extremely rare and exceptionally desirable. This card, featuring Muni and Helen Vinson, has pinholes in the top and bottom left corners, but is otherwise wonderfully clean and attractive. Pieces like this don't come around very often, so don't miss your chance to bid on this incredible beauty. Very Fine+.

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