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    Frankenstein (Universal, 1931). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    Based on the success of Dracula in February 1931, Carl Laemmle was convinced that the horror genre would not only succeed, but also bring fame and fortune to his studio. He wanted to capitalize on that success and so announced to the world that Bela Lugosi, the star of Dracula and the worthy successor to Lon Chaney, would play the monster of Mary Shelley's classic tale. Trade ads were printed to this effect, but before the film could go into production, Lugosi backed out of the role -- stating he would not appear as the Monster, as he would be heavily made up so that his face didn't show and wouldn't have any lines in the film. And so the search was on for a replacement. The director, James Whale, spotted Boris Karloff at the studio commissary and immediately put his name in as a replacement for Lugosi. The actor's tall and gaunt appearance was exactly what Whale envisioned for the legendary monster and it fell upon makeup artist Jack Pierce to create the monster's makeup. That "look" underwent a few tests and revisions before filming started, but the image used on this lobby card is from the test shot just before the final revisions were made. The only difference between the final look and the image on this card are the prominent bolts on the forehead. The film was released on November 21, 1931 and it became an incredible sensation. This lobby card is known amongst collectors as the "montage card" for the obvious reasons. Universal would frequently make at least one montage lobby card per set during the 1930s. The image on the left features the leads John Boles and Mae Clarke. The image on the right is almost as important as the portrait of Karloff. It features Colin Clive as Dr. Henry Frankenstein declaring to his mentor Dr. Waldman (Edward Van Sloan), that with these hands, only he can create life. Without a doubt this is the most important horror scene card ever created, showcasing the monster in all of his horrific glory! The card has had minor restoration to a small tear in the center of the top border, a small top right corner bend in border, a bottom left corner bend in border, and pinholes in the corners. Very Fine-.


    Estimate: $12,000 - $24,000.

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