This is an original Japanese poster printed in 1956 for the first release of The Desperate Hours starring Humphrey Bogart (Casablanca).
The artwork is phenomenal and the best for the film with both Humphrey Bogart prominently featured against a very colourful background!
William Wyler's classic tale based on the true story of a family held hostage by three escaped convicts. This was, perhaps, Humphrey Bogart's last great bad guy role and boy, is he mean! (Source: HA)
The Desperate Hours is a 1955 film noir starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March. It was produced and directed by William Wyler and based on the 1954 novel and 1955 play of the same name, written by Joseph Hayes, which were loosely built on actual events.
The original Broadway production had actor Paul Newman in the Bogart role but he was passed over for the movie because Bogart was a much bigger star. The character was made older in the script so Bogart could play the part. Bogart said he viewed the story as "Duke Mantee grown up.” (Bogart originated the role of Mantee on stage in The Petrified Forest, a hit 1935 Broadway play by Robert Sherwood. Bogart played the character—who was based on John Dillinger, whom Bogart resembled—in the 1936 film with the same title.) Spencer Tracy was originally cast in the film with Bogart. Although the two actors were very good friends, both insisted on top billing, and Tracy eventually withdrew from the picture. Fredric March assumed Tracy's role as Daniel Hilliard . The role of Glenn Griffin was Bogart's last as a villain.
The Desperate Hours was the first black-and-white film in VistaVision, Paramount's wide-screen process. The house used in the final seasons of the television series Leave It to Beaver was used for exterior shots of the Hilliards' home. In 1956, Joseph Hayes won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Best Motion Picture Screenplay.
This poster is in a extremely good original condition - it has never been folded. The poster has a few pinholes. Please refer to the imagery (front and back) as this is the exact poster that is for sale.
Although this poster is in a fantastic condition, we provide professional conservation linen-backing service, this will restore the poster to its original condition, with fold lines barely visible. Please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
It is 65 years old!
It is not a reproduction or a reprint.
Certificate of Authenticity included.