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    The Desert Man (Triangle, 1917). Three Sheet (42" X 79").
    William Surrey Hart was more than forty years old before he made his first film, the 1907 version of Ben-Hur in which he played Messala. Hart's motion picture career began in earnest several years later. After only a handful of well-received films, the classically-trained actor achieved super-stardom in The Bargain (1914), which featured his first starring role. Hart quickly became one of the leading stars of the silent screen, specializing in Westerns. Where others, like Tom Mix, tended to flashier portrayals, Hart preferred his pictures to be as realistic as possible, an authenticity that extended not only to the stories themselves, but to the costumes and props as well. Heritage is pleased to present for the first time the glorious stone litho three sheet from a movie produced at the height of Hart's fame and featuring Hart's co-star Margery Wilson. It's easy to see how Hart so quickly became the idol of moviegoing audiences worldwide. Posters featuring this iconic Western hero are scarce to begin with, large paper like this doubly so. Signs of handling include a tear from the right border into "Man," crossfold separations, a small chip in the bottom border, a tear in the right border near Wilson's shoulder, creasing along the top horizontal fold, and a dust shadow in the left border. Folded, Fine/Very Fine.


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    Auction Dates
    July, 2016
    30th-31st Saturday-Sunday
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