Hollywood: RKO Radio Pictures, circa 1944. Collection of eight original preliminary advertising concept art sketches for the release of the seminal 1944 film noir. Executed variously in graphite, charcoal, and gouache on onion skin paper, each leaf tipped on to card stock at the corners, some with notations at the margins.
The sketches reflect different styles and feature traces of the the film's poster motifs, such as Joan Bennett crawling, man being dragged, as well as the film's tag line: "The Screen's Supreme Adventure in Suspense."
Sheets 8 x 10.5 inches to 10.5 x 13.5 inches, largest overall size 11.5 x 17 inches. Near Fine overall appearance with only modest signs of use.
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