This is an ORIGINAL piece of ONE OF A KIND Pencil Artwork measuring 15" x 21" on artpaper.

The artwork has a lot of wrinkles, edgewear and a tear. It's a reject artwork that didn't make the cut to the final image on the movie poster.

This Original OOAK art work was designed by famed Movie Poster artist, Birney A. Lettick. . This is original art, not a reproduction, or a reprint or print. This piece of original skilled artistry was for one of the for the artwork concepts for the 1974 Comedy Drama Romance,

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As a tabloid newspaper editor tries to prevent his top reporter from retiring, an escaped death row convict shows up at the office trying to convey his innocence. Hildy Johnson is the top reporter on a Chicago newspaper during the 1920s. Tired of the whole game he's determined to quit his job to get married. His scheming editor, Walter Burns, has other plans though. It's the day before guilty (but insane) murderer, Earl Williams, is due to go to the gallows and Burns tempts Johnson to stay and write the story.

Director: Billy Wilder

Writers: Ben Hecht (play), Charles MacArthur (play)

Stars: Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Susan Sarandon


Jack Lemmon ... Hildy Johnson
Walter Matthau ... Walter Burns
Susan Sarandon ... Peggy Grant
Vincent Gardenia ... Sheriff
David Wayne ... Bensinger
Allen Garfield ... Kruger
Austin Pendleton ... Earl Williams
Charles Durning ... Murphy
Herb Edelman ... Schwartz (as Herbert Edelman)
Martin Gabel ... Dr. Eggelhofer
Harold Gould ... The Mayor
Cliff Osmond ... Jacobi
Dick O'Neill ... McHugh
Jon Korkes ... Rudy Keppler
Lou Frizzell ... Endicott

Finding any ORIGINAL Art work conepts from the movie studios is harder and harder to find in Any condition! Nice for the obscure artwork collector!

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MORE INFO ON BIRNEY A LETTICK: Birney A. Lettick, a commercial artist whose portraits frequently appeared on the cover of Time magazine, died of cancer Saturday morning at his Manhattan home, his family said. He was 67 years old.

Mr. Lettick's illustrations appeared in numerous magazines, as well as in advertisements and movie posters. His work appeared at the Brooklyn Museum and the National Portrait Gallery, according to his wife, Gail.

His final painting was a portrait of President Reagan that appeared on the cover of the July 7, 1986, edition of Time.

Mr. Lettick, who was born in New Haven, was a graduate of Yale University. While serving with the Army in World War II, he participated in the Normandy invasion.

MORE INFO ON JACK LEMMON: Jack Lemmon's father was the president of a doughnut company. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School, then located in nearby Brookline. After RCDS, he went to high school at Phillips Andover Academy. Jack was a member of the Harvard class of 1947, where he was in Navy ROTC and the Dramatic Club. After service as a Navy ensign, he worked in a beer hall (playing piano), on radio, off Broadway, TV and Broadway. His movie debut was with Judy Holliday in It Should Happen to You (1954). He won Best Supporting Actor as Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts (1955). He received nominations in comedy (Some Like It Hot (1959), The Apartment (1960)) and drama (Days of Wine and Roses (1962), The China Syndrome (1979), Tribute (1980) and Missing (1982)). He won the Best Actor Oscar for Save the Tiger (1973) and the Cannes Best Actor award for "Syndrome" and "Missing". He made his debut as a director with Kotch (1971) and in 1985 on Broadway in "Long Day's Journey into Night". In 1988 he received the Life Achievement Award of the American Film Institute.

MORE INFO ON WALTER MATTHAU: Born Walter Matthow on October 1, 1920 in New York City, to a Russian Jewish father and a Lithuanian Jewish mother, Matthau grew up in poverty on the Lower East Side. He started out selling soft drinks and playing bit parts at a Yiddish theater troupe at age 11. He was paid 50 cents for each of his occasional on-stage appearances. His father, a peddler from Kiev, left home when he was 3 years old. He lived with his older brother, Henry, and their mother, a garment worker, on the Lower East Side of New York. After graduating from Seward Park High School during the Depression, he took government jobs as a forest ranger in Montana, a gym instructor for the Works Progress Administration, and a boxing coach for policemen. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps as a radio cryptographer in a heavy bomber unit in Europe and returned home a sergeant with six battle stars.

In 1948, his first Broadway role was when he was hired as an understudy for the role of an 83 year old English bishop in 'Anne of the Thousand Days' starring Rex Harrison. His fame came with The Fortune Cookie (1966) and The Odd Couple (1968). While making the former, he suffered a serious heart attack. This was due to heavy smoking and chronic gambling. Matthau immediately quit smoking and began a life-long regime of walking 2-5 miles per day.

Matthau's acting career continued to flourish for the next 30 years with him playing memorable lead and supporting characters in both dramatic and comic films, several of them alongside Jack Lemmon. Unbeknownst to his fans, Matthau continued to battle heart disease and was later diagnosed with two forms of cancer. In 1976, he had heart bypass surgery. In 1993, he was hospitalized for double pneumonia. In 1995, he had a benign colon tumor removed. In 1999, he was hospitalized again for pneumonia where he was diagnosed again with cancer. Walter Matthau died on July 1, 2000, at age 79.

This item is part of our in-store inventory from our shop which is located in the heart of Hollywood where we have been in business for the past 40 years!

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