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« Reply #25 on: December 01, 2012, 04:09:40 PM »
Im liking the large (custom designed and made?) theater poster, for FRANKENSTEIN (1931). I bet the color of the light rays being emitted from the lantern were vivid!



The design is very similar to that of the first release, Swedish OS:

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« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2012, 04:23:38 PM »
Very cool pic Jeff.


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« Reply #27 on: December 01, 2012, 09:53:37 PM »
Thanks Jeff - love seeing stuff like this in natural habitat
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« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2012, 04:04:45 AM »
Me too, great work Jeff... :D
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« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2012, 11:51:35 AM »
Anybody have a pic from the 1931 Frankenstein pressbook showing all the US posters?

Could that be a three sheet with a "Now Playing" sticker stuck on it?

Look at the size of the poster(?) compared to the people.  That would be a ginormous custom painting.   But I don't see any folds, so maybe it is.

This is a pic from Emovie showing a "special" three sheet (note lack of credits and the slanted exclamation marks like the picture/poster in question):

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« Reply #30 on: December 02, 2012, 12:12:30 PM »
I dunno what it is but I would love to have that frame!
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« Reply #31 on: December 02, 2012, 12:46:31 PM »
Me too, Chris. The height of that custom poster (likely locally produced) looks to be about 84" tall. The perspective is a little off, since it is more in the foreground than the crowd or theater usher, but I bet it is close to that height.

What is curious, too, is that the image of the lantern carrying grave robber is the same as the Swedish OS. Aside from that one poster, I have not come across any US paper image that features this design. So perhaps some as yet unseen US style (OS, insert maybe?) featured this, too.

The digging continues.

As a side note. Also worth noting is that both the "special" 3 sheet teaser and half sheet used an image of Karloff in an earlier makeup that was not used in the final film (but was featured on the US OS and other publicity materials as well).

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« Reply #32 on: December 02, 2012, 01:18:46 PM »
Not a poster, but concept art, done by the Universal's art dept, for FRANKENSTEIN (1931):



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Re: Universal Horror posters
« Reply #33 on: December 02, 2012, 01:26:36 PM »
The Fantasy Theater.. then and now.. just a few face lifts since 1935. But at least it is still there.  8)



Awesome pics!
I lived in Baldwin, a few miles away from this theater and used to get an occasional poster from them back in the late 60s and early 70s.
Can't recall whether I ever got into their back room or not....some managers would let me....some wouldn't...
Great find, Jeff.  Thanks for the nostalgia.
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« Reply #34 on: December 02, 2012, 01:37:12 PM »
I'd love either of the standees that are mounted on the marquee in this shot, or the banner above the doorway  thumbup:



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« Reply #35 on: December 02, 2012, 01:38:29 PM »
Could that be a three sheet with a "Now Playing" sticker stuck on it?

No, there is no three-sheet that looks like that.
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« Reply #36 on: December 02, 2012, 02:25:04 PM »
That pic is probably from the '38 double bill release Jeff?
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« Reply #37 on: December 02, 2012, 02:39:17 PM »
That pic is probably from the '38 double bill release Jeff?

I'm thinking you are correct, sir.  ;)



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« Reply #38 on: December 02, 2012, 03:11:08 PM »
Look to the left of the guy with the white hat. That looks like the (very desirable) art from the r47 Dracula 1-sheet, but the title is different. We're there other posters with that art? 

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« Reply #39 on: December 02, 2012, 03:45:10 PM »
And in looking at more details in that photo.. it looks like to the right of the FRANK standee's legs, is another poster/banner? for Frankenstein, with an image of Karloff, more in profile. I wonder what that is?


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« Reply #40 on: December 02, 2012, 03:58:02 PM »
More "beautious" dressing for the theater box office!! This looks to be the same theater as the one above.

It's "Screamy!"  thumbup



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« Reply #41 on: December 02, 2012, 04:06:20 PM »
Spanish OS for ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (Universal International 1948):



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« Reply #42 on: December 02, 2012, 04:19:28 PM »
Did we have a thread for marquees somewhere?  Or, was that NS4?
This ain't UNI Horror, but Marlene looks great, eh?



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« Reply #43 on: December 02, 2012, 04:23:05 PM »
Italian; THE WOLF MAN




I think this artwork and composition is fantastic!  clap clap


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« Reply #44 on: December 02, 2012, 04:56:14 PM »
I'd love either of the standees that are mounted on the marquee in this shot, or the banner above the doorway  thumbup:



Most definitely from the 38 release as the Monster up above is from Bride of....
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« Reply #45 on: December 02, 2012, 05:03:00 PM »
More "beautious" dressing for the theater box office!! This looks to be the same theater as the one above.



Yes, this was for the 1951 re-release.
The standees are 3-sheet cutouts
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« Reply #46 on: December 02, 2012, 05:06:21 PM »
I like the use of the original Franky teaser art on these.
1960s, maybe?



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« Reply #47 on: December 02, 2012, 05:27:42 PM »
More original concept art, this from The Creature of The Black Lagoon creature designer, Milicent Patrick:




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« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2012, 05:42:27 PM »
I first thought the double-bill photos might have been for the 1947 release (they were definitely not for the 38 release), but in looking at them for a minute it became obvious they were from the 1951 release.
This photo-montage over the ticket booth uses an image from Son of Dracula, so definitely not from before 1943.



But the tag line "Greatest Horror Show of All Time" was used for the 1951 campaign, the 1938 and 1947 campaigns used "The Horror Show of the Century".
Also, the words used around the box-office all match the ad words from 51 - especially "Screamy!", I've never seen that used for anything else.
And of course the cut-outs are taken from the 1951 3-sheets (though the Dracula is very similar to the 1947 3-sheet).

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Re: Universal Horror posters
« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2012, 07:49:43 PM »
I like the use of the original Franky teaser art on these.
1960s, maybe?




This looks photo shopped...