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    Freaks (MGM, R-1949). Title Lobby Card (11" X 14"). "We accept you, one of us!" Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova), the trapeze artist, is made an honorary freak when she marries Hans (Harry Earles), one of the midgets. It won't be long before she changes her tune, since she's only marrying him for his inherited fortune. The 1932 film, directed by Tod Browning of "Dracula" fame, examines the lives of a group of circus sideshow freaks. At first we are horrified by their strangeness, but we gradually come to see their dignified humanity as contrasted by the monstrous ugliness of the evil Cleopatra and her lover, Hercules the strong man. Shortly after the film's release in 1932, it was pulled from distribution and not seen again for years. Exploitation film distributor Dwain Esper bought the rights and traveled the country showing the film under alternate titles such as"Forbidden Love" and "Nature's Mistakes" in the late 1940s. This title card has one small light stain in the tagline, and the slightest of corner dings, but is otherwise in mint condition. It has similar graphics to the window card from the 1949 release, but is laid out in a better design and includes Prince Randian, the Living Torso, who is not seen on the window card. This is perhaps the best paper ever offered for this title. Near Mint/Mint.

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