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The Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935). One Sheet (27" X 41") Style D. With a plot suggested by a portion of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's original novel "Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus," published in 1818, this, the greatest of the Universal horror films, concerns itself with the creation of a female creature by Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) and newcomer Dr. Pretorius, played with evil relish by British actor Ernest Thesiger. Of course, Clive and Boris Karloff masterfully recreate their roles, as creator and created, from the previous film, joined by a stunning young Elsa Lanchester who not only brings the unnamed female creature to glorious un-life, but also essays the monster's true creator, Mary Shelley, in the prologue. Building upon his own creation from the first movie, director James Whale oversaw this, the work that was to become his masterpiece. With a deft mix of dark humor, gothic horror, and superb craftsmanship, Whale created a sequel that surpassed its original in almost every way. As great as the other films in the Universal horror canon undoubtedly are, none of them can compare to "Bride" for the completeness of its realization. Earlier films, like "Dracula" and "Frankenstein," lack the sure hand that comes from working within an already proven franchise; later films suffer from a lack of the unique creative vision that Whale was able to bring to this picture. The result is a film that must be considered as one of the immortal classics of the early cinema. Offered here is the unique Style D one sheet which, until now, had only been seen in the pressbook for the film released some 72 years ago! Long held in a private collection, the importance of this discovery cannot be overstated. A copy of each of the other two style one sheets have previously surfaced, but never this glorious beauty! It therefore writes a new chapter in the history of Universal horror poster collecting. Kept with extreme care over the years, the poster was folded with very minor chips from the corners, and there were minor crossfold separations with tiny chips present. Several tears within the image and some fold separation were noted, all of which have been expertly restored. The breathtaking image that graces this priceless beauty was totally untouched and completely intact, with colors as vibrant as the day it was printed! Minor restoration and linen backing has been done professionally and with great care, resulting in a poster that should delight and chill viewers for another 72 years or more. Never before seen and perhaps never to be seen again, this fabulous original one sheet from the Golden Age of Horror is a pearl beyond price, and a true cinematic treasure that is not to be missed. Fine+ on Linen.

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