The Lost Squadron (RKO, 1932). Fine+ on Linen. Thr...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionThe Lost Squadron (RKO, 1932). Fine+ on Linen. Three Sheet (41" X 80").
Never before offered by Heritage, it is believed this is the first time to be seen in auction and the only known copy! Based on the real-life experiences of such famed stunt fliers as Ormer Locklear and Dick Grace (who scripted this picture and also appears in the film), this is the story of a trio of former flying aces (Richard Dix, Robert Armstrong, and Joel McCrea) who return from World War I looking for work. So, what do they do? They go to Hollywood and become stunt pilots in movies being made about the war. But - they also suffer from depression and various disillusionments over their attempts to readjust to civilian life. This picture was way ahead of its time in its social commentary about the affects of war on former soldiers, predating The Best Years of Our Lives by 14 years. Erich von Stroheim plays a maniacal director in some of the best casting Hollywood could deliver. Stroheim has no qualms about sending men to their deaths in pursuit of cinematic "realism." This magnificent stone litho three sheet has been beautifully restored to address such issues as edge and fold wear, fold separations, some tears, and chipping in the borders and folds. This includes some paper loss in the "T" of "Lost." The borders have been airbrushed to complete the restoration.
Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000.
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