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    The Little American (Artcraft, 1917). Six Sheet (80" X 79.5").
    Bestowed the title of "America's Sweetheart," silent film superstar Mary Pickford was cast as a young woman torn between two World War I soldiers, one German (Jack Holt) and one French (Raymond Hatton). The ship carrying Pickford from the U.S. back to her ancestral home in France is torpedoed by the Germans, and she ends up held in a chateau as a prisoner of war where she again encounters Hatton and Holt. Pickford shares an exquisitely surreal scene with the latter: they wander through a bombed out village and find a church that has only one wall remaining, against which is a very large crucifix bearing Jesus Christ. As the wall crumbles, Jesus remains, floating in midair. This artistry was the work of director Cecil B. DeMille, and Pickford's own company produced the film. Other notable appearances are made by Wallace Beery and Ramon Novarro, both in the very early stages of their careers. Monumentally rare, this stone litho six sheet is making its Heritage debut. Printed nearly one hundred years ago and in remarkable condition, it is a truly astounding find. It is the only known surviving six sheet from the film, and features a weary Pickford leaning against Holt, as three Pickelhaube-wearing German soldiers grin and leer at the pair, war maps unfurled on the desk in front of them. The poster has retained highly impressive color and shows only a tear in the bottom left border, small paper loss in the bottom left border/background, fold wear along the top vertical fold, small crossfold separations, and edge wear along the top. There is a credit snipe at the bottom with a small bit of residue, which was added when scenario writer Jeanie Macpherson demanded solo writing credit. For film poster collectors dedicated to the silent era, this six sheet will be a dearly prized acquisition. Folded, Very Fine.




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