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    Frankenstein (Universal, 1931) Half Sheet (22" X 28"). Colin Clive stars in the title role of James Whale's adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel. Although co-screenwriter Robert Florey was originally set to direct, Carl Laemmle turned the project over to Whale who instilled a dark sense of humor in the project. When the film was released to critical and popular acclaim, Laemmle assigned Whale to a number of his horror projects including "The Invisible Man," "The Old Dark House" and "The Bride of Frankenstein." Whale also had an eye for talent, casting a relatively unknown bit part actor as the Monster. Boris Karloff had to undergo extensive makeup sessions with Jack Pierce everyday to turn into the Monster and the result was shocking. When the film premiered, women were seen running up the aisle of the theatre in fright! And it wasn't a staged publicity stunt. Overnight, Karloff became a sensation and a household name. His career took a deliberate turn towards horror and he would eventually become known as "The King of the Monsters". "Frankenstein" is a true classic of the cinema and the posters for this title are in higher demand than any other film. The portrait lobby card for this title sold at Heritage last year for $18,400.00 and the one sheet sold for $189,750.00. To say that the posters and lobbies on this title are highly collectible is putting it mildly. This poster has had extensive restoration. The original portion of the poster includes the image of the monster, the "FR" in Frankenstein and the portrait of Dwight Frye. The rest of the poster has been painted in. This does constitute a large section of the poster, however, it is interesting to observe that the majority of the poster is a white background. The restoration was expertly done by Carol Tincup. Now, that being pointed out, one has to keep in mind that this is the only half sheet that has ever turned up on this title so if you're in the market for that format, this is the only one that is known to exist. As is we grade the poster in fair condition but has an "apparent" grade of Fine on paper. This was one of the cornerstone pieces in the Collection of Johnny Ramone. Johnny had always wanted an original poster from the 1931 release of Frankenstein and, with the addition of this half sheet to his collection, he achieved that goal. Fair on Paper.

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    March, 2005
    17th-18th Thursday-Friday
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