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    Maltese Falcon (Warner Brothers, 1941). Title Lobby Card (11" X 14"). John Huston, a former screenwriter making his directorial debut, had the audacity to make his first film an adaptation of a Dashiell Hammett novel, already adapted twice for the screen in ten years. Fortunately, this third incarnation provided many more firsts: Humphrey Bogart's first breakout role in a performance that defined his Hollywood persona and rescued him from a career in "B" pictures; the first appearance of Sydney Greenstreet onscreen (fitting, since only the big screen would be big enough for the 300 lb. actor); and arguably the first film noir, as post-war French film critics would deem it. This title card features both Bogart and his co-star, Mary Astor, and although it has slight staining at the bottom, light dirt smudges in the image and rounded corners, the card remains in excellent condition and should be highly sought among film and poster connoisseurs alike. Very Fine+.

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