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    The Maltese Falcon (Warner Brothers, 1941). One Sheet (27" X 41"). John Huston, a writer with Warner Brothers, made his directorial debut with this film, and hoped to cast George Raft in the lead as Sam Spade. When Raft turned the role down it went to Humphrey Bogart, a second string actor who had been playing villains and gangsters in many "B" films. The rest is history. The story, written by Dashiell Hammett, is his most famous detective novel, and spawned what may be the greatest American detective film. This 1941 version remains the perfect film more than 65 years after it was made. It set the standards for every film noir made thereafter. This great poster had pinholes in the corners and a large bite out of the left border next to the "B" in Bogart, though it did not extend into the image. There were minor imperfections within the border and slight crossfold separation. Fine/Very Fine on Linen.

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    November, 2008
    7th-8th Friday-Saturday
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