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    Reaching for the Moon (United Artists, 1930). Portrait Style One Sheet (27" X 41").
    In this pre-Code delight, silent film heartthrob Douglas Fairbanks Sr. plays Larry Day, a wealthy playboy who knows more about playing the stock market than playing around. In order to land a girlfriend, he solicits advice from his valet (Edward Everett Horton), who attempts to school him in the ways of love. Of course, this leads to some hilarious scenes - several of which would have been unacceptable under the Production Code just a few years later - as when Horton tries to demonstrate a few amorous clinches with Fairbanks in a balcony hammock, resulting in some eyebrow-raising grappling. After a distinguished career as the King of Hollywood during the silent era, this was Fairbanks' second sound film; he would retire from pictures entirely several years later due to the poor reception accorded to his talking releases. He spent his last few years traveling abroad, and in 1939, Fairbanks died of a heart attack in his sleep. Also in the cast is Bebe Daniels as the object of Fairbanks' desire, and a young Bing Crosby, who croons one of the Irving Berlin numbers in the film. As well, the movie is noted for its outstanding Art Deco sets and art design, making it a solid winner on all fronts. This attractive stone litho beauty showcases glamorous portraits of the two leads; it is a rarely sold and eye-catching gem. Prior to expert professional restoration, the poster showed a small hole in the top left corner, and surface paper loss in the bottom border. As well, one and one quarter inch of paper in the top border and one inch of paper in the left border have been replaced. The result is a classic beauty, one that you will be proud to own and display. From the Berwick Discovery. Fine on Linen.

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