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    Underworld (Paramount, 1927). Insert (14" X 36"). Director Josef von Sternberg created this silent era masterpiece that is regarded by many to be the forerunner of the modern American gangster movie. George Bancroft stars as a crime kingpin who battles a rival gang lord, "Buck" Mulligan (Fred Kohler), during the Prohibition Era for control of the city. The script was written by Ben Hecht, a veteran Chicago reporter who had first hand knowledge of the real-life crime figures of the day. The character of Bull Weed was modeled after Al Capone and "Buck" Mulligan was a composite of Capone's Northside mob rival Dion O'Bannion and his successor George "Bugs" Moran. There is a crease on the upper right corner and small holes and tears. The poster has been professionally restored, rendering these defects hard to detect. Offered here is an incredibly scarce opportunity to aquire an historic gangster poster from Hollywood's silent era. Very Fine+ on Paper.

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