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    London After Midnight (MGM, 1927). Pre-War Belgian (24.5" X 33.5"). One of the most famous presumed-lost films in cinema history, this picture was a triumph for star Lon Chaney. Riding high on the success of previous thrillers, including The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) and The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Chaney appeared in this notable collaboration with director Tod Browning as Professor Edward C. Burke, a detective investigating a case involving murder, hypnotism, and vampires! The surviving photos give us an intriguing look at Chaney's vampire disguise, and lead one to wonder exactly what his Dracula make-up would have looked like, if his early and tragic death had not curtailed plans for the gifted actor to appear in the role that eventually made a star out of Bela Lugosi. A reconstruction of this important film, based on still photographs and the surviving shooting script, was recently released, giving silent movie buffs a tantalizing taste of what this classic Chaney thriller must have been like. Paper from this lost treasure rarely surfaces, and is avidly fought over on the rare occasions that a piece is brought to market. This dramatic stone litho Belgian poster, with the Loew-Metro-Goldwyn logo in the upper right, had fold wear with slight crossfold separation and pinholes with minor staining in the corners and borders. Professional restoration has addressed all these minor flaws, resulting in a very attractive and desirable piece. Don't wait to bid on this one... your chance to own an original poster from this cinematic treasure may not come again for quite some time! Very Fine on Linen.



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