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    Freaks (Excelsior, R-1949). Lobby Cards (5) (11" X 14").
    Tod Browning was one of Hollywood's most highly acclaimed directors when he made this shocking film, which harkened back to his early years as a circus performer. The public considered the picture so scandalous and disturbing that MGM pulled it from release, its infamous reputation directly leading to Browning's decline as a director. The film sat on a shelf in the MGM vault until 1949, when distributor Dwain Esper from Excelsior secured the rights and re-released the controversial picture to a more desensitized public. Four of these cards are in excellent condition. The card of the group shot has pinholes in the borders and interior, surface paper loss in the borders and outer image area, and a reattached bottom left corner chip with archival tape on the verso. There is also a noticeable tear at the top into the upper background, a stamp in the top border, and a staple with a rust stain in the left border. The one rougher card also has three Cuban rubber stamps on the verso. The original studio envelope is included. Very Fine-.


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