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    Dracula (Spanish-Language Version) (Universal, 1931). Folded, Fine+. Argentinean One Sheet (29" X 43.5").
    As the only known copy to exist, this Argentinean poster for the Spanish-language version of Universal's Dracula is truly a rare horror collectible. While Tod Browning was shooting the English version of Dracula starring Bela Lugosi in the title role, director George Melford was making the Spanish language version with Carlos Villarías as the star. The practice of producing separate films in different languages for foreign markets using the same script was fairly common around 1930, but the more cost-effective approach of simply dubbing a film was adopted shortly after Melford's Dracula was released. The Spanish-language production often used the same sets, with George Melford even watching footage from Browning's production and composing his own shots in a similar way. Despite the similarities between the two films, the Spanish version differs enough to give it its own identity within the canon of horror films. The one-of-a-kind poster offered here seems to follow the same principle of the film as being the same yet different. The stone litho illustration of Carlos Villarías as Dracula behind a web is strikingly similar to the image of Bela Lugosi behind a web seen on the original 1931 U.S. Style B one sheet, which is also a duotone poster. The poster has edge and fold wear, small chips in the borders and folds, slight tears, minor scuffs, and light toning. There is a small piece of cellophane tape on the right end of the center horizontal fold, and there are a few small pieces of cellophane and archival tape on the verso. The poster also has a bit of foxing and a few light smudges and stains.

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