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    West of Zanzibar (MGM, 1928). One Sheet (27" X 41").
    Christmas is coming early this year for devoted movie poster collectors! For silent film aficionados in particular, the November Signature Auction will be especially exciting, as Heritage is presenting for the first time several extraordinarily rare one sheets from films featuring "The Man of a Thousand Faces," Mr. Lon Chaney. Despite being born to deaf-mute parents in 1883, Chaney excelled as a stage actor and owned a theatre company with his brother. He made his film debut in 1912, and began establishing himself as an ace actor and screen make-up extraordinaire, specifically in roles of menacing, macabre, and melancholy characters. In 1923, Universal Pictures President Carl Laemmle essentially created the modern horror film with his production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Laemmle knew that the obvious star to appear as the misshapen lead could be none other than Lon Chaney. Known as a master of makeup, Chaney would be the only actor who could bring novelist Victor Hugo's tragic Quasimodo to life on the screen. In 1925, Chaney was hired once again by Laemmle to portray the disfigured composer in The Phantom of the Opera and was given total control to create the makeup for his soon-to-be legendary character. In 1928, the actor joined director Tod Browning in West of Zanzibar as Phroso, a magician out to exact vengeance upon the man (Lionel Barrymore) who paralyzed him and tried to steal his wife (Jacqueline Gadsdon). Chaney's creepiness is in full bloom and his rage palpable in this stone litho image, a poster that collectors won't see again any time soon. It's hard to believe this one sheet is more than eighty years old -- only minimal signs of handling exist. Other than top edge wear, crossfold separations, extra vertical folds, and a small sliver of missing paper in the left border, the poster is in remarkable condition. This will be one happy holiday season for the collector that lands this jewel! Folded, Very Fine.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2014
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
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