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    Murders in the Rue Morgue (Universal, 1932). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
    When Bela Lugosi was released from his highly-publicized role in Frankenstein (1931) in favor of a largely unknown character actor named Boris Karloff, he took on this project with director Robert Florey, who had been slated to direct the film version of Mary Shelley's classic until he was replaced with James Whale. The result was a truly horrifying film that plays like Edgar Allan Poe crossed with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919). In order to prove his theories regarding the relationship between apes and humans, carnival sideshow entertainer cum mad scientist Dr. Mirakle (Lugosi) kidnaps attractive young prostitutes from the streets of Paris and injects them with ape blood. He soon realizes, however, that his efforts will not bear fruit until he is able to perform his experiments on a virgin, so he sets his sights on the lovely Camille (Sidney Fox), framing her boyfriend (Leon Waycoff) for the crime in the process. The scene portrayed in the lobby card offered here, of one of the prostitutes being brutally tortured by Mirakle, was frequently cut from release prints of the picture, as censors obviously found it too intense. It is, however, a great scene, and it is graphically portrayed here on this exceedingly rare card. The card is in remarkable shape, with only pinholes in the corners, a small tear in the left border, a crease in the top left corner, and small smudges in the borders and title areas keeping it from an even higher grade. These slight flaws are barely noticeable, save under extremely close scrutiny, making this a beautiful and highly displayable piece that will no doubt be an honored addition to some advanced collection. Very Fine-.

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