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    The Lost Weekend (Paramount, 1945). Insert (14" X 36"). The ruinous effects of alcoholism are seen through the story of Don Birnam (Ray Milland), a dissolute writer whose brother Wick (Phillip Terry) and girlfriend (Jane Wyman) are desperate to help him remain sober. In spite of their best efforts, Don falls off the wagon, spiraling ever deeper into a pit of alcohol and despair. According to director Billy Wilder, the alcohol industry offered Paramount $5 million not to release the film, which the studio wisely refused, as the movie went on to become a huge success, garnering four Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Milland), Best Director (Wilder), and Best Writing (Charles Brackett and Wilder). This highly desirable insert had staple holes in the image area, small edge tears, extra horizontal folds, and a corner bend in the top left. Professional restoration has rendered these small flaws virtually invisible, returning a like-new appearance to this classic piece. Very Fine- on Paper.

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