DescriptionUp for Murder (Universal, 1931). One Sheet (27" X 41").
Set in the fast-paced world of big city journalism, this is the story of young reporter Robert Marshall (Lew Ayres) who is assigned to escort beautiful society editor Myra Deane (Genevieve Tobin) to a grand ball. Predictably, Marshall falls for the older Deane, ignorant of the fact that she is the mistress of publisher William Winter (Purnell Pratt). An altercation between the two men leads to Winter's accidental death, and Marshall's conviction for murder.
Prior to this film, Ayres had already gained renown for such roles as Pierre Lassalle in The Kiss (1927) opposite Greta Garbo, and as Paul in the iconic anti-war film, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). He would prove to be one of the leading actors of the 1930s, particularly remembered for his portrayal of Dr. James Kildare in the popular series of medical dramas. Perhaps influenced by the message of All Quiet, Ayres declared himself a conscientious objector during World War II, a decision that turned many of his fans against him, in spite of his volunteering for the Medical Corp. Nonetheless, offended by his supposed lack of patriotism, theaters vowed to boycott his films, and even after gaining an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in 1948 for Johnny Belinda and both critical acclaim and a Golden Globe Award several decades later for his pro-Eastern philosophy film Altars of the World, Ayres never returned to the top tier of Hollywood stardom he had enjoyed in the 1930s. He did, however, work steadily in both film and television until his death in 1996 at the age of 88. Both Tobin and Ayres look wonderful in this smoldering stone litho one sheet, offered for the first time in a Heritage auction. Expert professional restoration has addressed a small hole in the bottom border, a chip in the left border, and approximately one inch of the top border has been replaced. With these minor flaws repaired, the poster has been returned to virtually "like new" condition, making it a perfect piece to display proudly in your home or office. From the Berwick Discovery. Fine+ on Linen.
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