White Heat (Warner Brothers, 1949). One Sheet (27" X 41"). One of James Cagney's finest movies, his portrayal of the vicious and psychotic Cody Jarrett was the logical outgrowth of his character Tom Powers in The Public Enemy, one of the films that ushered in the gangster movie genre in 1931. Where Powers was a happy-go-lucky kid who skated the fringes of the law, Jarrett was a true monster who reveled in murder and degradation. While Powers's end was relatively quiet - he's killed offscreen and dumped on his mother's doorstep - Jarrett literally goes out with a bang, atop a chemical storage facility, yelling "Top of the world, Ma!" These two films - The Public Enemy and White Heat - can therefore be seen as bookending the gangster movie genre, from the lighthearted days of Prohibition, when gangsters were seen as Robin Hood-type folk heroes, to the post-war era, when they were seen for the thugs and murderers they truly were. White Heat is an important and powerful movie, its feet firmly planted in both the emerging film noir and the tried-and-true gangster genres, and benefits from one of Cagney's most memorable performances. This dramatic one sheet had very light fold wear, a nickel-sized chip at the top border, and a small chip at the right border. As all of these issues have been repaired by professional restoration, the result is a glorious poster that any film buff would be thrilled to claim as his to own. Very Fine on Linen.

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