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    Over the Top (Vitagraph, 1918). Three Sheet (41.25" X 80") Fredric C. Madan Artwork.
    Arthur Guy Empey was a whirlwind from Utah who blew into Hollywood in 1918. Empey had been an American enlistee in the British Army during the early days of World War I, and was wounded at the Battle of the Somme. While he was recovering, he wrote a book about his experiences called Over the Top. The book was a huge success, and Empey made arrangements with Vitagraph to direct and star in a film version of it. (While the poster does say "Himself," the movie is fictionalized and has very little to do with the plot of the book.) He continued making films, first as an actor and later behind the scenes, until his inability to adapt to the coming of sound forced him into a pulp writing career. Featuring an incredibly vibrant stone litho illustration, signed by Fredric C. Madan, this Heritage first has had professional restoration to address mild chips in the folds, misfolds, and tears in the borders and folds. There was some chipping and tears at the bottom extending into "Vitagraph." Fine/Very Fine on Linen.


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