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Gun Crazy (United Artists, 1949). Three Sheet (41" X 81").
Many collectors call it "the definitive Bad Girl poster." Peggy Cummins, in a better-than-it-should-have-been career best performance, delivered a character wound tighter than her stretched sweater. On this super three sheet she's almost life-size with film noirish smoke curling from both her guns in each hand and her snarl lipped dangling cig. A fantastic find for an "ask for" title, with expert linen-backing and very minimal restoration needed for only some minor fold wear with small crossfold separation at the center. Very Fine- on Linen.
Sold for: $5,975.00
Gun Crazy (United Artists, 1950). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Film Noir.
Starring Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young, Russ Tamblyn. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. An unrestored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight fold separations and fold wear, and a small printing imperfection in the lower left. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Very Fine+.Sold for: $8,962.50
Deadly is the Female (United Artists, 1949). Insert (14" X 36"). Before the film was actually released as "Gun Crazy," posters for the film with the original title made it out into the public. This is one of the best film noirs of the genre with Peggy Cummins as an out-of-control woman with a couple of gats - just itchin' to rob banks! John Dall is the poor sap who gets seduced into being her accomplice. Admit it, you'd do it too. This poster is rolled with a tiny chip out of the right border and a couple of minor wrinkles in the upper border. Near Mint.Sold for: $657.25
Gun Crazy (United Artists, 1949). Pressbook (14 Pages, 11" X 17"). This action-packed film noir thriller stars Peggy Cummins as a gun-toting mama with a knack for trouble. Consumed by greed, she begins a bloody crime spree that drags her well-intentioned husband (John Dall) down with her. This pressbook has corner creases and spine separations. There are water stains on the covers and at the corners of the interior pages. There are also small edge tears and smudges on the covers along with light wrinkling. When was the last time you saw one of these press books and had the opportunity to see what the 24 sheet or six sheet looked like? Very nice presentation with many press articles about the film and its making. Very Fine-.
Sold for: $310.70
Gun Crazy (United Artists, 1949). Half Sheet (22" X 28").
Gun enthusiast Bart Tare (John Dall) meets circus sharpshooter Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins), and gets in way over his head. The ambitious girl convinces Bart to join her in a daring series of robberies, a decision that leads to tragedy for all involved. A "bad girl" movie should have incredible poster art, and this "smoking gun" half sheet meets the mark. The poster has been restored to address a stain in the upper left, a tear in the right border that extends into the background, and there has been touch-up to paper loss in the borders and fold wear. The piece now displays very well, and is quite popular with collectors. Fine on Paper.Sold for: $1,195.00
Deadly Is The Female (United Artists, 1949). Half Sheet (22" X 28"). Smoking guns and a thrill crazed dame lead John Dall down a dangerous road in this film that was renamed "Gun Crazy." Peggy Cummins portrays the ultimate femme fatale in this bullet-riddled film noir classic. This scarce example of the first release title is drop dead gorgeous as it has been put on paper to repair a few very clean tears that were in the borders (and barely extend into the yellow background on the left).
The poster was unfolded and really clean prior to its being backed. Very Fine+ on Paper.Sold for: $717.00
Gun Crazy (United Artists, 1949). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). Film Noir. Originally titled Deadly is the Female.
Starring Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young, Russ Tamblyn. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. A rare card with the original title which was already printed before the title was changed to Gun Crazy just before release of the film. The lobby card set released under the Gun Crazy title does not contain this card. An unrestored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight edge wear, small pinholes in the corner and center field, or very minor surface crinkles. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Very Fine.Sold for: $103.97
Gun Crazy (United Artists, 1949). Lobby Card (11" X 14"). Film Noir. Starring Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young, and Russ Tamblyn. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. An unrestored lobby card that appears virtually unused. Closer inspection may reveal one or two minor flaws, such as small pinholes, or light edge or fold wear. Grades on all restored items are pre-restoration grades; Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Very Fine/Near Mint.Sold for: $203.15
Gun Crazy (United Artists, 1949). Lobby Card Set of 8 (11" X 14"). Thrills, guns, and love are the themes of this fascinating and dark crime drama. Gun crazy Bart Tare (John Dall) is in over his head when he meets the beautiful carnival sharpshooter, Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins). After they are married, Annie leads him on a wild bank robbery spree that doesn't end happily for the young couple. The title card has a tear in the bottom border, creases, a corner bend, a minor tear in the right border, an abrasion in the image area, and pinholes in the corners. Five cards have small tears in the image area. One card has a missing corner in the lower right. A rare set from one of the most important crime stories of the times. Fine.Sold for: $1,434.00
Gun Crazy Lot (United Artists, 1949). Stills (2) (7" X 9.5" and 8" X 10"). Film Noir. Starring Peggy Cummins, John Dall, Berry Kroeger, Morris Carnovsky, Anabel Shaw, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young, Russ Tamblyn. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Also included is a still for Kiss of Death (1947). Vintage, black and white, single weight, glossy, unrestored stills that have an overall presentable appearance. May show some signs of age, including brittleness, staining, slight fading, pinholes, edge or fold wear, fold separations, or some paper loss. Gun Crazy has been trimmed on all four sides. Grades on all restored items are pre-restoration grades; Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Very Good/Fine.Sold for: $14.00
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From the Director
After last year’s herculean effort to put together the massive L.A. Rebellion program, now touring North America, the Archive has not rested on its laurels, but has put together a new UCLA Festival of Preservation for 2013. It is my great pleasure, as director of UCLA Film & Television Archive, to introduce the 2013 “FOP,” which again reflects the broad and deep efforts of UCLA Film & Television Archive to preserve and restore our national moving image heritage. Even in an era of tightening budgets and ever decreasing University-State funding, the Archive is committed to protecting and celebrating our film and television assets.
Our Festival opens with the restoration of Gun Crazy (1950), directed by Joseph H. Lewis, and one of the most celebrated film noirs made on Hollywood’s poverty row. Produced in part locally in Montrose, California, and starring Peggy Cummins, this reworking of the “Bonnie and Clyde” story served as a template for Arthur Penn’s more famous film. The Festival also features a number of other films noirs, including The Chase (1946), completed by our late preservationist, Nancy Mysel, and based on Cornell Woolrich’s classic serie noire novel, The Black Path of Fear. That film will double feature with High Tide (1947), another low-budget noir gem. And then there is Cy Endfield’s The Sound of Fury (1950), based on the same source as Fritz Lang’s classic, Fury (1936), which chronicles a brutal lynching and the media frenzy surrounding it.
Independent cinema also continues to be a major focus of the Archive’s preservation efforts. After premiering our restoration of Robert Altman’s Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982) in 2011, preservationist Jere Guldin this year introduces Altman’s first major feature, That Cold Day in the Park (1969), again funded by our good friends at The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Press Association. Preservationist Ross Lipman contributes restorations of further independent films, such as Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1985), directed by Thom Andersen, Fay Andersen and Morgan Fisher, and Shirley Clarke's Ornette: Made in America (1985). And the independents continue with a special program of films from the L.A. Rebellion, which were discovered or preserved after last year’s monumental program. We are also proud to present a compliment of silent features, including Clara Bow’s Mantrap (1926), and the German feature, Different from the Others (1919), preserved in conjunction with the Outfest / UCLA Legacy Project.
Finally, this Festival of Preservation marks the arrival of our new Head of Preservation, Scott MacQueen, who has contributed several Hollywood features from Paramount in the 1930s, including Double Door (1934), International House (1933), and Supernatural (1933).
Our newsreel preservationists, Blaine Bartell and Jeffrey Bickel, present their restoration of a German war documentary that had been considered lost for decades, With the Greeks in the Firing Line (1913), which documents the Balkan Wars of 1912-13, as well as a second program of selected newsreels from the Hearst Metrotone News Film Collections.
We are also very happy to continue preserving and screening classic television shows. Dan Einstein presents “October Story” from the 1950s omnibus series Goodyear Television Playhouse, starring Julie Harris. Two other classic television shows, CBS Playhouse’s “The Final War of Olly Winter” (1967) and ABC Stage 67’s “Noon Wine” (1966), round out the program.
As is always the case, the Archive’s internationally recognized preservationists will appear in person at many Festival screenings to introduce the films and discuss their work with audiences. All of our preservation work and public programs—including this Festival—are funded by donations from individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies. We are most thankful for the generosity of these organizations and individuals.
Dr. Jan-Christopher Horak
UCLA Film and Television Archive
*All silent programs will be presented with live musical accompaniment.