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    Dracula (Universal, 1931). Very Fine-. Title Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    The first true sound horror film and one of ground-breaking significance in the Universal horror series, this classic is, and always will be, the definitive vampire film. Bram Stoker's gothic thriller had already been brought to the screen by German filmmaker F.W. Murnau in 1922 as Nosferatu. Though the film had not been authorized by Stoker's widow and all of the prints supposedly destroyed as the result of a legal ruling, young Carl Laemmle Jr. saw the box office potential of the novel. Despite the onset of the Depression and financial setbacks suffered by the studio, Laemmle bought the rights to the novel and the hit Broadway play which starred a young Hungarian actor named Bela Lugosi. Legend has it that Laemmle was not at all interested in Lugosi despite the great reviews the actor received. Lugosi actively sought the role, lobbied hard, and ultimately won the studio executives over, thanks in part to his willingness to accept a salary far smaller than his co-stars. With this role, film history was made and Lugosi would forever be immortalized as the ultimate Count Dracula! This wonderful title card with its dramatic image of Lugosi has vibrant, rich color and the interior art is in very nice condition. The borders have a few unobtrusive pinholes as well as two tiny pinholes in the woman's head at top left and two small pinholes in bottom left black artwork. There are several spots of touchup in the white borders but imperceptible to the eye. There is a bit of rounded corners as well as several small archival tape supports on the verso for minute tears. Rarely offered at auction, this is a beautiful card and would be a cornerstone to the most discriminating collector. Very Fine-.




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