Burbank, CA: Warner Brothers / Seven Arts, 1966. Vintage oversize, borderless, double weight photograph from the set of the 1967 film, likely unique. Shown are the actors portraying the chain gang in the film, posing for a group shot (presumably after Paul Newman's title character makes his escape, as he is absent). Co-star George Kennedy is present, along with future New Hollywood Cinema stalwarts Dennis Hopper, Harry Dean Stanton, Joe Don Baker, Strother Martin, and even Donn Pearce, who wrote the novel on which the film is based (Pearce played an uncredited role as Sailor).
Fans of television actors will also note the presence of J.D. Cannon (the relentlessly cranky police chief in "McCloud") and Wayne Rogers (the unforgettable Trapper John McIntyre from "M.A.S.H.")
Based on the 1965 novel by Donn Pearce, who co-wrote the screenplay, about a convict who wins a bet to eat 50 hard-boiled eggs in an hour, and later suffers a failure of communication with the warden. Winner of a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Kennedy, and nominated for three others, including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Actor for Newman.
14 x 10 inches (36 x 25 cm). Very Good plus, with pinholes to the corners, and light creasing to the edges. Glue stains and tape shadows on the verso, from a non-professional prior mounting, but no bruising present.
National Film Registry. Ebert III.