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    Frankenstein (Universal, R-1938). Three Sheet (41" X 81"). The February 1931 release of Dracula convinced Universal Pictures that the horror genre was a force to be reckoned with and since they had a solid foothold in the genre, they should proceed ahead. The next logical choice was Mary Shelley's novel, a cross between science fiction and horror, Frankenstein: Or the Modern Prometheus. The novel was written in 1818 and the first adaptations for live theatre appeared in 1823. However, it wasn't until 1910 that the novel was filmed for the first time. It was a crude adaptation and Universal's Carl Laemmle Jr. realized the studio could modernize Thomas Edison's silent version. Although Bela Lugosi was the studios original choice to play the Monster, it proved difficult to talk the actor into the role. Lugosi balked at playing a lumbering creature that didn't have any lines. He was convinced that anyone could do the part and that since he was a "true" actor, his talents would be wasted in the picture. In one of the greatest casting "coups" of all time, director James Whale replaced the Hungarian actor with a bit player, Boris Karloff, who went on to international fame in the role. Lugosi was, however, relegated to smaller roles in lesser horror films for the remainder of his career. To this day, the image of Boris Karloff as the Monster is recognized around the world and his name will be forever associated with Shelley's classic character. The image on this poster depicts Karloff as the most important monster to ever stalk the silver screen. The style is reminiscent of German Expressionism and is very similar to the artwork used on the film's original campaign from 1931. To date, this is the only three sheet from any release of Frankenstein to ever surface. The condition is truly stunning as well. Although the poster is 70 years old, it is amazingly clean with very slight repair to a minor crease in the chest area of the Monster. Provenance: The Nicolas Cage Collection. Very Fine+ on linen.

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