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    The Mysterious Dr. Fu Manchu (Paramount, 1929). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style B. Warner Oland makes the first of four screen appearances as Sax Rohmer's insidious villain, Dr. Fu Manchu and was the first actor to portray the character in a feature film. The British had made a serial with Rohmer's character several years earlier. This film makes an effort to explain Fu's hatred of all whites by showing the death of the Doctor's family during the Boxer Rebellion. Twenty years later, Fu Manchu is a full-blooded villain, using a hypnotized Jean Arthur to help wipe out the British family Fu holds responsible for the deaths of his loved ones. But when Arthur falls in love with potential victim Neil Hamilton, Dr. Fu is forced to add her to his death-list. This is one of the rare Paramount full-bleed posters which the studio only did for a few seasons. There are two styles of one sheets for this film and this is, in our opinion, the better of the two. The poster is marked "Silent" at the bottom of the posters and this was one of the transitional films that was released in a silent and sound version. The poster has pinholes in the corners as well as a small chip from the left side. There are a couple of small tears in the right border as well as one in the lower horizontal fold. There are several small tears in the upper horizontal fold as well as some minor moisture rippling to the poster. The stone litho portrait of Oland on this poster is magnificent and the condition would satisfy the most discriminating collector. Very Fine-.

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