Saturday, December 13, 2014

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) - (Burt Lancaster) Italian four-sheet

Birdman of Alcatraz (1962) - (Burt Lancaster) Italian four-sheet

Shown here is a 55" x 77" two-piece Italian four-sheet poster made to promote the 1962 John Frankenheimer and Charles Crighton film Birdman of Alcatraz based on a book by Thomas E. Gaddis, a screenplay by Guy Trosper and starring Burt Lancaster as Robert Franklin Stroud, the birdman. Plot summary: The year is 1912. Robert Stroud is a convicted murderer in Leavenworth prison who murders a guard and is sentenced to be hung. President Woodrow Wilson's clemency saves his life, but he is placed in permanent solitary confinement by Warden Harvey Shoemaker [Karl Malden]. It is after these events that Stroud's legendary career as the prison birdman begins; he finds a fallen sparrow in the prison yard and decides to raise it.

Cast and crew: John Frankenheimer, Charles Crichton, Guy Trosper, Thomas E. Gaddis, Burt Lancaster, Karl Malden, Thelma Ritter, Neville Brand, Betty Field, Telly Savalas, Edmond O'Brien, Hugh Marlowe, Whit Bissell, Crahan Denton, James Westerfield

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