83023: Old English (warner Brothers, 1930). One Sheet (
As old Sylvanus Heythorp, known as "Old English" to his friends, George Arliss plays a wily octogenarian up to his ears in debt. Beset by creditors on virtually every side, Heythorp devises a somewhat illegal plan to endow his grandsons with an income for life. In order to escape the shame and disgrace he knows will follow the revelation of his plan, he commits an elegant suicide by, against the orders of his physician, indulging in a sumptuous gourmet meal. Arliss was a British actor who found fame in America beginning in the silent era. He made the transition to sound easily, and became the first British actor to win an Academy Award when, in 1929, he was honored for his leading role in the film Disraeli. He is perhaps best known today for his portrayal of the Robin Hood-like vicar in the eponymously titled Dr. Syn (1937). This marks the very first time that Heritage has auctioned this stunning stone litho one sheet for Old English, a fact that attests to its incredible rarity. Like the other treasures in the Berwick Discovery, this poster exists today only by the merest chance, and may never again be offered to the collecting public. It showcases an endearing image of Arliss and one of his beloved grandchildren, played by Leon Janney. Prior to expert professional restoration, the poster had tears in the bottom border, and chips in the left and bottom border. Additionally, approximately one inch of the top white border has been replaced. Strikingly, however, the poster shows no fold wear, a fact that greatly increases its overall lustrous appearance. Post restoration, the slight flaws that were evident have been rendered nearly invisible, making this a poster ready to take its place in the finest collection. From the Berwick Discovery. Fine+ on Linen.