Like Rico Suave, Who Let The Dogs Out, and The Macarena Song, I guess you could say Jim Pearsall was a one-hit wonder — but what a hit it was! While working at the now-defunct movie marketing behemoth, Diener Hauser Bates Advertising, Pearsall created the artwork for Chinatown, which is arguably the greatest movie poster of all-time. And other than the 70’s b-movie Breakout starring Charles Bronson, I haven’t really come across any more of his work. So if anybody out there knows more, please let us know!
NOTE: This Jim Pearsall is not to be confused with ex-Major League baseball player, Jimmy Piersall, who was portrayed by the athletically-abominable Anthony Perkins in the 1957 sports drama, Fear Strikes Out.
You failed to mention his artwork for the movie Shampoo. Jimmy was a good friend of my family and i have the original chalk drawing of China Town.
Again you failed to mention the movie Shampoo that Jimmy did the art for.
I also a small signed color poster of China Town.
Cotton Club and Strange Brew and the Dancing figures on the West Side Story poster.
Which versions are you talking about? The classic STRANGE BREW 1sh has often been attributed to John Solie and Joseph Caroff was credited w/the artwork on WEST SIDE STORY…