United Artists, 1932
Starring: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Boris Karloff
Sold: November 2007
Description: One Sheet (27" x 41"), Fine+ on linen
With eccentric millionaire Howard Hughes producing and the influential
Howard Hawks directing, this is one of the most bullet-riddled, violent,
and important gangster films ever made. Al Pacino starred in the equally
influential 1983 remake. Censors wanted Hughess original title changed
and recommended The Shame of the Nation. After a compromise,
the film was released with the title "Scarface, the Shame of a Nation." Two
versions of the title appear on surviving posters and lobby cards: "Scarface,"
and "Scarface" with The Shame of a Nation overprinted on existing paper.
It appears this one sheet escaped the Shame of a Nation overprint, with
some speculating it is from one of Hughess personal distributions of the
film while he was trying to get it passed by various censors.
Source: "Collectible Movie Posters"; Jim Halperin and Hector Cantu, editors; Whitman Publishing, LLC
Courtesy of Whitman Publishing, LLC