FILM NOIR

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99 RIVER STREET (1953)
99 RIVER STREET (1953) $150.00

Vintage original 22 x 28" (55 x 71 cm.) half sheet style A, USA. John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Frank Faylen, Peggie Castle, dir: Phil Karlson; United Artists. Effective noir crime melodrama about a former boxing champ who loses his title and ends up driving a taxi for a living, who ends up being blamed for the murder of his henpecking wife. The film was very effectively directed by Phil Karlson who got unflinching portrayals from the cast, particularly John Payne and with his depiction of the big city as both Heaven and Hell. Folded, VERY GOOD.

BIG CLOCK, THE (1948)
BIG CLOCK, THE (1948) $200.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card no. 1, USA. Ray Milland, Maureen O'Sullivan, Charles Laughton, George Macready, Rita Johnson, Elsa Lanchester, dir: John Farrow; Paramount. The tense atmosphere of this film noir classic is evident in this image of publishing tycoon Earl Janouth (Charles Laughton), who has committed a murder which he pins on magazine editor George Stroud (Ray Milland).

This card is immaculate and never used. FINE.

BLUE DAHLIA, THE (1946)
BLUE DAHLIA, THE (1946) $650.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva, dir: George Marshall; Paramount. One of the finest classic film noir titles and written by the master of the genre, Raymond Chandler.

The story involved a war vet who returns home to see his wife with another man. She is murdered and he is the prime suspect. The Blue Dahlia is a nightclub where much of the action takes place. Chandler initially had the returning vet (Bendix) as the murderer, but the patriotic atmosphere of the time would not permit...

BLUE DAHLIA, THE (1946) - 1
BLUE DAHLIA, THE (1946) - 1 $150.00

Vintage original 14 x 11" (35 x 28 cm.) lobby card, USA. Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva, dir: George Marshall; Paramount. One of the finest classic film noir titles and written by the master of the genre, Raymond Chandler. The story involved a war vet who returns home to see his wife with another man. She is murdered and he is the prime suspect. The Blue Dahlia is a nightclub where much of the action takes place. Chandler initially had the returning vet (Bendix) as the murderer, but the patriotic atmosphere of the time would not...

BLUE DAHLIA, THE (1946) - 2
BLUE DAHLIA, THE (1946) - 2 $200.00

Vintage original 11 x 14" (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Alan Ladd, Veronica Lake, William Bendix, Howard Da Silva, dir: George Marshall; Paramount. One of the finest classic film noir titles and written by the master of the genre, Raymond Chandler. The story involved a war vet who returns home to see his wife with another man. She is murdered and he is the prime suspect. The Blue Dahlia is a nightclub where much of the action takes place. Chandler initially had the returning vet (Bendix) as the murderer, but the patriotic atmosphere of the time would not...

BORN TO KILL (1947)
BORN TO KILL (1947) $1,250.00

Vintage original 22 x 28" (55 x 71 cm.) half sheet poster style B, USA. Lawrence Tierney, Claire Trevor, Walter Slezak, dir: Robert Wise, RKO. A calculating divorcee (Trevor) risks her chances at wealth and security with a man she doesn't love by getting involved with the hotheaded murderer (Tierney) romancing her foster sister. "A grim and complicated melodrama...", the first of a number of noir films directed by Robert Wise, who had previously been associated with Orson Welles and then with the Val Lewton group at RKO. This leads to the interesting speculation that RKO developed the quintessential noir...

BORN TO KILL (1947)
BORN TO KILL (1947) $200.00

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white photo, USA. Lawrence Tierney, Claire Trevor, Audrey Long, dir: Robert Wise; RKO.

Lawrence Tierney, in one of his most chilling lead roles, plays a cold-blooded murderer who marries a rich young woman and then becomes involved with her equally-sociopathic half-sister. This photo is of Tierney's wedding scene with Long. Still labeled "DTM-72" with text on the back referring to the film's pre-release title, DEADLIER THAN THE MALE, which has been crossed out in pencil. Also with studio stamp of photographer Oliver Sigurdson. Stamp is faint but still readable, JUST ABOUT FINE.

BURY ME DEAD (1947)
BURY ME DEAD (1947) $150.00

Vintage original 22 x 28" (56 x 71 cm.) half sheet poster, USA. Cathy O'Donnell, June Lockhart, Hugh Beaumont, Mark Daniels, dir: Bernard Vorhaus; Eagle-Lion Films. Rarely-seen poverty row mystery noir with a complicated plot. A woman attends her own funeral, knowing that her husband attempted to do away with her. She discovers that the woman buried in her place is a glamour girl her husband was having an affair with. The 68-minute film was edited to play during a 30-minute TV show spot during the 1950s. Director Vorhaus would fall victim to the Hollywood blacklist soon after completion. Two...

CASABLANCA (1942)
CASABLANCA (1942) $1,000.00

Vintage original 8 x 10" (20 x 25 cm.) black-and-white single weight glossy silver gelatin print still photo, USA. The all-time Hollywood classic, the studio system producing at its best! It would win the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1943, though officially released and copyrighted in 1942; it qualified for the following year's awards as it did not have a Los Angeles screening until Jan. 1943.

Here is a climactic scene as Victor Laszlo (Paul Henreid) and Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) are about to leave Casablanca with the letter of transit secured by Rick (Humphrey Bogart). Still is coded "c-77"....

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944)
CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY (1944) $300.00

Vintage original 22 x 28" (55 x 71 cm.) half sheet poster, USA. Deanna Durbin, Gene Kelly, dir:Robert Siodmak; Universal. Set in New Orleans, adapted from a novel by W. Somerset Maugham, and starring two actors (Durbin, Kelly), both of them much more clearly linked to lighter films in most of their careers, this film has gradually come to be realized as one of director Siodmak's most idiosyncratic noir masterpieces, with its intimations of perverse sexuality, and its fatalistic story, most of it told in flashback.

Unfolded, there is a 3" (8 cm.) tear mended on back with brown paper, there...

CRY MURDER (1950)
CRY MURDER (1950) $0.00

Vintage original 41 x 81" (102 x 202 cm.) three sheet poster, USA. Carole Mathews, Jack Lord, Howard Smith, Hope Miller, dir: Jack Glenn; Film Classics.

Earl Carroll-showgirl and leading lady Carole Mathews plays a young actress who retires from the screen in order to marry a rich politician (whose father does not approve of this union). At the same time, she is being blackmailed by an artist with letters stolen from her. She then becomes a number one suspect in a murder case. Jack Lord's second film appearance, this rarely seen noir features snappy dialogue by James Carhardt and Nicholas...

DARK PASSAGE (1947)
DARK PASSAGE (1947) $2,500.00

Vintage original 41 x 27" (103 x 68 cm.) one sheet poster, USA. Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead, Bruce Bennett, Tom d'Andrea; dir.: Delmer Daves. A much darker journey into the film noir realm for Bogart and Bacall than their early, wildly successful BIG SLEEP, this time from a lurid David Goodis novel of a man (Bogart) wrongly convicted of the murder of his wife, rescued by a concerned courtroom spectator (Bacall) and who must change his notorious face through back-door plastic surgery in order to find the real killer. One of the truly great films of this now-revered...

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