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    The War of the Worlds (Paramount, 1953). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Based on the classic novel by H. G. Wells, this is the story of an invasion of Earth by hostile Martians, an invasion against which all human technology is useless. Although Paramount secured the rights to Wells's novel in 1924, and had originally secured Cecil B. DeMille and later Alfred Hitchcock to direct, it took until the 1950s for production to begin. Two days into filming, Paramount discovered that their film rights only covered a silent version, but the Wells estate kindly granted permission for the project to proceed. The result was a landmark science fiction film, made memorable by its incredible special effects (which garnered a well-deserved Oscar), for which $1.4 million of the film's $2 million budget was spent. It remains a classic of the genre, one of the best sci-fi films of any era. This beautiful one sheet shows a small tear in the bottom border, two tears in the right border at the horizontal fold lines, one of which extends into the image area, and pinpoint crossfold separation. None of these small flaws take away from the wonderful attractiveness and shockingly bright colors on this classic poster, making it a perfect addition to any collection. Very Fine+.

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