Fans of classic Hollywood Western films rejoice! We are offering a rare ORIGINAL extra-large movie poster for the classic film Tribute to a Bad Man. Premiering in New York City on March 30, 1956, it opened in West Germany on November 23, 1956 under the title Mein Wille is Gesetz (“My Will is Law”). As a plot summary on Amazon reminds us:
“Jeremy Rodock (James Cagney) makes his living by raising horses in the Rocky Mountain valley that bears his name. Anyone foolish enough to steal those horses makes his own dyin.’ “Let one buzzard live, and he’ll pick your bones clean,” explains Jeremy, who – with courtrooms some 200 miles away – dispenses justice his way: with a noose. But that’s not the way of Jeremy’s companion Jo (Irene Papas), a former honky-tonk queen. She wants him to change, and there’s a greener valley somewhere for her if he won’t. He will. Swayed by Jo and a recently arrived tenderfoot from the East, Rodock will finally realize that justice requires mercy. There’s a lot of good in this bad man.”
This original poster from the film’s 1956 German theatrical release measures an enormous 46” x 64” and is mounted on linen. The top of the poster reads “James Cagney in Jeremy RODACK Mein Wille ist Gesetz Atlas Western III in Farbe und CinemaScope Regie: Robert Wise.” Next to the noose is the name “FISCHER-NOSBISCH” for designer Dorothea Fischer-Norbisch (1921-2009). As the artist database eART.de reminds us (and translated from German):
“Fischer-Nosbisch stands for the designer couple Fritz Fischer and Dorothea Fischer- Nosbisch. After studying at the Städel School in Frankfurt am Main, make the two together independently. In 1958, she initiated the creation of the design group NOVUM. Atlas Film is the most important authority: Dorothea designed stamps for the post. She lived near Darmstadt. Dorothea Fischer- Nosbisch designed the famous posters for films … The Silence (1964), The Blue Angel (1964), Twelve O’Clock High (1958), Dear John (1965), The Seven Year Itch (1966). In conjunction noteworthy the movie poster exhibitions: September-November 2007 film Museum of the City of Duesseldorf & November 2007 – February 2008 German Film Museum in Frankfurt am Main.”
This minimalist poster design depicts a hangman’s noose on an off-white background framing a cowboy astride a horse. The lower right corner is marked “FSK” and “FREIGEGEBEN” within a circle. The poster is in fairly good vintage condition, with horizontal and vertical creases from being folded and rolled, staining and soiling on front and back, four small punch-holes in the center from display or storage, and some losses along the edges but with all four corners intact. Despite these obvious signs of age this poster would look beautiful framed, and is both an extremely rare variant and an enormous size! If you’re a fan of classic Westerns from Hollywood’s Golden Age, James Cagney, and German cinemas, then you’ll love this rare example of 1950s cinema advertising!
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