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    King Kong Still by Ernest A. Bachrach (RKO, 1933). Still (10.75" X 13.5").
    Vintage black and white, double weight, matte still. One of the most perfect films ever exhibited on the silver screen, this thrilling story was brought to life thanks to the exquisite stop motion animation effects of genius Willis O'Brien. Painstakingly working with elaborately crafted miniatures, O'Brien made King Kong, as well as a variety of fabulous dinosaurs, live and breath, making the Eighth Wonder of the World one of the most sympathetic characters ever filmed. Paper from this landmark production is always scarce, with posters bringing record prices whenever they are offered. This exceptional still - showing Kong poised by the giant gate, with horrified natives and crewmen running for their lives in the foreground - by renowned photographer Ernest A. Bachrach, was originally provided as an exclusive to Shadoplay magazine in January 1933 and used in that magazine's March issue, prior to the film's late March general release, as indicated by notes on the still's reverse. Also on the reverse is a studio snipe (revealing that Kong has developed a "mute, inglorious fascination" for the lovely Fay Wray), and a photographer's stamp. The still shows some pinholes in the borders and in the corners, some light edge wear, and minor corner creases, but is in overall superb condition. As far as rarity and desirability go, it doesn't get much better than this! Fine/Very Fine.


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