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    Steamboat Bill, Jr. (United Artists, 1928). Title Lobby Card (11" X 14"). During the hurricane which climaxes "Steamboat Bill, Jr.," Keaton is caught in the furious wind sweeping through his small town. He is blown hither and yon as buildings and livestock fly through the air all around him. Eventually, he ends up standing in front of a two-story house on the verge of collapse. Suddenly, the front facade topples straight down on Keaton. But he's unharmed because he's standing in the upper-story window opening. It's a scary moment, but as soon as it happens, we start to laugh. It is funny and terrifying at the same time. This was a real wall and Keaton certainly would have been crushed to death if he'd been standing an inch to the left or right. No wonder the cameraman covered his eyes during the one-take shot. Keaton, of course, stands stone-faced throughout and runs away to his next pratfall. This was the charm of Keaton, the acknowledged genius of silent cinema. Offered in this lot is the title lobby card to his masterpiece, "Steamboat Bill, Jr." This card has tanned down to the lower two inches of the card and then the card is significantly whiter. Most likely something covered the bottom two inches of the cards for some years leaving the upper portion of the card exposed to dust. There is slight corner rounding. Very Fine.

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