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Auction History Result

Lot #: VHP7 097 ABBOTT & COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN window card movie poster '48 Lugosi

Date Sold 7/11/2004
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Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 7

The image at right appears in the auction catalog we published as shown above and was sold long ago and we do NOT have it available for purchase.

An Original Vintage Theatrical Paperbacked Window Card Movie Poster (measures 14" x 22") (Learn More)

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (released in other English-speaking countries as "Abbott and Costello Meet the Ghosts"), the 1948 Charles T. Barton monster horror spoof comedy ("It's a grand New idea for Fun!"; the eighth Universal Frankenstein movie, and this time they added their #1 comedy team to both liven up the series, and to inject comedy; many people fondly remember this as their favorite of the 1940s Frankenstein movies!; "Jeepers! The Creepers are after Bud and Lou!"; "The laughs are MONSTERous! Bud and Lou are in a stew when they tangle with the Titans of Terror!"; "The monsters of menace vs the masters of Mirth!") starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello (Abbott and Costello), Lon Chaney Jr. ("The Wolf Man played by Lon Chaney"), Bela Lugosi (returning as Dracula after being long absent from the role; "Dracula played by Bela Lugosi"), Glenn Strange (in the title role, playing the Frankenstein monster; "The Monster played by Glenn Strange"), Lenore Aubert, Jane Randolph, Frank Ferguson, and Vincent Price (in a cute cameo, as the voice of The Invisible Man at the end of the movie!)
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Important Added Info: Note that this poster has been paperbacked. This means the poster was backed onto a board backing (acid-free), that is similar in feel to that of the original poster (except somewhat heavier). It is a similar process to linenbacking, except that most collectors use linenbacking for one-sheets and paperbacking for half-sheets, inserts, and window cards. Also note that this is an extremely rare window card! It has a far superior image to that of the somewhat disappointing one-sheet, and yet one rarely ever sees it for sale!

Condition: very good. prior to paperbacking, the window card was in good to very good condition; there were many stains and smudges across the top play date area and there were fairly large tack holes across the top edge of the image area (in the blue area and in the top of the "JEEPERS!"; there was a fairly large tack hole just below Frankenstein's right eye (at the edge of the image) and there was a 1" x 1" area of paper loss in the lower right of the credits which affected the "EY" of "CHANEY"; there were a few stains in the lower half of the image including one in Costello's cheek; there were smudges and stains and a couple of large tack holes in the bottom area below the image. The masters at Studio C paperbacked this window card and greatly minimized the above defects. But they did NOT do as so many restorers do and simply paint over much of the image! They solely repaired the holes and chemically lightened the stains. The result is that you can see signs of the defects from very close up, but from any distance away they are greatly minimized, and you have a poster without much paint on it, which to me is far more preferable over the other type of restoration (although if one wanted, one could always have additional restoration performed to make it look "perfect"). Note that while there were stains and tack holes around the edges of the image and across the center of it, the image of Bela Lugosi at top center and the image of the Wolfman at middle right were strangely unaffected!
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