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    The Jazz Singer (Warner Bros., 1927). Fine/Very Fine on Linen. One Sheet (27" X 41") Style A.
    Significant for both its rarity and its historical value, Heritage Auctions is pleased to make its first ever presentation of this original release poster for one of the most important pictures ever filmed. Heralding the end of the silent era, this longform experiment in audio recording became a resounding success as the first ever feature-length talkie. Using Warner Brothers' innovative Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the picture left audiences gasping in awe from the moment of Al Jolson's first line, "Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothing yet!" all the way to the ethereal ending strains of the "Kol Nidre". When negotiations fell through between the studio and the first entertainer considered for the role, George Jessel, Warner Brothers cast the already popular Jolson for the part. He was a perfect choice, not only for his emotive performance style and vocal talents, but also because he served as the inspiration for the character of Jakie Rabinowitz in Samson Raphaelson's original play and short story. Printed with bright stone litho hues, this one sheet highlights one of the most famous scenes from the entire film, which featured not only a catchy version of the tune "Blue Skies," but also heartwarming dialogue adlibbed between Jolson and Eugenie Besserer. Benefitting from professional restoration, corrections have been made to slight edge wear, tears with tearing along the lower fold, and chips, several of which have been reattached. However, these issues have been well repaired. There is some image ghosting from when the French limestone plates were not ground down in between printings during the original production process, which was a not uncommon practice at the time. A piece of both artistic and historical value, the poster would be a stellar addition to any collection.




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