DescriptionThe Bride of Frankenstein (Universal, 1935). Half Sheet (22" X 28") Style A.
The film was a major hit for Universal Studios and many critics feel it is the best film to emerge from the horror series of pictures created by the studio. Boris Karloff reprised his role as the Monster from the 1931 blockbuster, and Elsa Lanchester, with a shock of white hair, co-starred as the monster's mate. Roger Ebert wrote of this classic in 1999, "The best of the Frankenstein movies--a sly, subversive work that smuggled shocking material past the censors by disguising it in the trappings of horror. Some movies age, others ripen. Seen today, Whale's masterpiece is more surprising than when it was made because today's audiences are more alert to its buried hints of homosexuality, necrophilia, and sacrilege. But you don't have to deconstruct it to enjoy it; it's satirical, exciting, funny, and an influential masterpiece of art direction." This is truly the greatest film from the studio's fifteen-plus years of horror film-making. This poster is one of the rarest in the hobby of movie poster collecting. There are assuredly fewer original one sheets available from this film, but this poster is only one of two known copies of this style half sheet! Among the posters from the famous New Zealand find, this was by far the one in better condition. It was folded at one time and has a pinhole in each corner and one in the center of each of the top and bottom borders. There is only minor surface scuffing, including one in the monster's forehead and a couple of small scuffs around the credit area. There is almost no fold wear! It has no restoration and it is in amazing shape with the most vibrant colors imaginable. Folded, Very Fine.
Estimate: $125,000 - up.
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