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    The Blue Dahlia (Paramount, 1946). One Sheet (27" X 41"). With a screenplay by Raymond Chandler, this gripping film noir tells the story of Johnny Morrison (Alan Ladd), an ex-bomber pilot recently returned from the war. When he finds his wife Helen (Doris Dowling) in the arms of nightclub owner Eddie Harwood (Howard Da Silva), the two have words. Later, when Helen turns up dead - shot with Johnny's gun - Morrison is the prime suspect, and sets out to prove his innocence with the help of Eddie's estranged wife, Joyce (Veronica Lake). Shortly after the movie was released, a young woman named Elizabeth Short was murdered in Los Angeles, a case the press dubbed "The Black Dahlia" in a gruesome twist on this title. The striking one sheet offered here is in exceptional condition. At one time, tape was present on the reverse to reinforce the fold lines, and some of the paper on the back has lifted with the removal of the tape. Although this defect is not visible under ordinary circumstances, we mention it for the sake of completeness. Professional restoration, which includes linen trimmed to the edge of the poster, has made this highly desirable sheet look like a million bucks, a highly prized addition to any collection. Very Fine on Linen.

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