Freaks (Excelsior, R-1949). Fine/Very Fine. Lobby ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionFreaks (Excelsior, R-1949). Fine/Very Fine. Lobby Cards (7) (11" X 14").
Gaining an infamous reputation the instant it was released, Tod Browning's 1932 pre-Code film, Freaks, used real sideshow performers in the cast, an extremely controversial choice that led to the film being banned in the UK for its overt exploitation. Already subjected to numerous cuts from the studio, the picture received only a limited stateside release, and was pulled from distribution in no short order when audiences expressed horror and outrage at its content. The film remained locked away for some 17 years before Excelsior and Dwain Esper picked it up for distribution, turning the commercial failure into a cult classic. The cards display signs of handling including slight edge wear, mild creases, as well as pinholes in the borders and image. Also present are minor tears and mostly unobtrusive stains and smudges. The card with Prince Randian as well as the card with Olga Roderick in bed have received light touchup to a few tears and pinholes in the image. The Prince Randian card also has a couple of minor corner chips, as well as a few small surface scuffs. The card that pictures Josephine Joseph has a couple of surface scuffs, a minor piece of cellophane tape on the front in the bottom left border, and several strips of cellophane tape on the verso with faint tape stain bleedthrough.
Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000.
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