83015: Gun Smoke (paramount, 1931). One Sheet (27" X 41
Blending the Western and gangster genres, both fantastically popular in the early 1930s, this classic film truly is "A Western that's different." When the cops put the screws on a band of urban gangsters led by Kedge Darvis (William "Stage" Boyd), the wily bad guys flee the concrete canyons of the city for the wide open spaces of the American West, intent on continuing their nefarious plans without police interference. They haven't counted on straight-shootin' Brad Farley (Richard Arlen), who sets his mind to running the thieves out of town on a rail. William Boyd, who also starred in the infamous serial The Lost City (1935), had an unfortunate run-in with the law after a night of drunken debauchery, a story the papers were quick to report. For whatever reason, they mistakenly ran the photo of another actor with the same name alongside the salacious story. The guilty party forever after identified himself as William "Stage" Boyd, while the other William Boyd, his career virtually ruined due to the inadvertent scandal, had little choice but to accept a role in a low-budget Western, even though he had never ridden a horse in his life. While "Stage" faded into obscurity (he died in 1935), remembered only by a few obsessed film buffs, the other Boyd rode into cinema immortality as Hopalong Cassidy. The powerful stone litho one sheet offered here captures all the action in the picture, from the hard-bitten hoods of the city to the quiet bravery of the cowboy hero, all in vivid color, and includes exceptional portraits of the two leading actors. The poster has been professionally restored to address a tear in "Smoke," small chips in the borders, and a hole above "Paramount." In addition, approximately one inch of the top border has been replaced. The result is a vintage treasure, one which any collector of fine posters will covet. From the Berwick Discovery. Fine+ on Linen.