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    Freaks (MGM, 1932). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    For horror fans who like their films to be on the more bizarre end of filmmaking, this picture has to rank as one of the most unusual and enticing in cinema history. In 1931, MGM's head of production, Irving Thalberg, decided to take on the overwhelming success of competing Universal Studios' Dracula and Frankenstein. Drawing on a Tod Robbins novel called Spurs, screenwriter Willis Goldbeck created a setting even more self-contained than that of Grand Hotel, the unusual world of Freaks. The script lived up to its name, taking place in a circus sideshow replete with bearded lady, pinheads, an armless and legless man, dwarves, and even a hermaphrodite. When presented with the finished product, Thalberg remarked, "Well, I asked for something horrifying." The film was shot in a quick 36 days on the Culver City lot and directed by Dracula's famous Tod Browning, with real circus freaks brought in to populate the bizarre big top. Unfortunately for all involved, the film was more than a flop. It received so much bad press and created such hostility that MGM was forced to withdraw the release from circulation and suffered a huge loss in Depression-era dollars. The studio shelved the picture for the next 17 years, and it only again saw the light of day when an independent New York distributor picked it up for a four-wall campaign in 1949. Since then, it has become a cult classic, making original release items crowning achievements for horror fans. For these serious collectors, we are thrilled to offer an incredibly rare original release lobby card, the first of its kind that we have ever offered. This card pictures on the right Johnny Eck as the Half Boy, Angelo Rossitto as Angeleno, a little person, on the left and Olga Baclanova. The card has pinholes in the corners, slight edge wear at the top, and a small upper left corner chip. There are a couple of minor smudges in the left borders and light toning at the edges. Overall, this card is in great unrestored shape, an incredibly rare find for an item of this age and scarcity. Very Fine-.


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