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    The Racket (Paramount, 1928). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Obviously based on the political corruption of Chicago and the mob boss Al Capone, this major crime picture from Paramount would help launch the entire genre that would find popularity with the public during the years of prohibition. Louis Wolheim plays Nick Scarsi (an obvious play on Capone's nickname, Scarface), a tough bootlegger and boss of the underworld in Chicago who meets his match in the incorruptible Officer McQuigg (Thomas Meighan). McQuigg vows to bring Scarsi to justice and in this hard-hitting, bullet-riddled drama, he does just that as Helen (Marie Prevost) comes forward as a witness to murder. The young entrepreneur and multi-millionaire Howard Hughes had a fascination with the gangsters of the era and produced this picture for Paramount as he would later produce the famous film "Scarface" (1932). The film would go on to be nominated for an Oscar as Best Picture. As a side note, the film was long thought lost before being located in Howard Hughes' film collection after his death. The poster has had the borders airbrushed and there were small chips off of three of the corners. There was some color touch to the fold lines and in particular, to the cheek in Meighan's portrait. The restoration is first rate and the poster now appears near mint. Fine on Linen.

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