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2w011 CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON linen 1sh '54 great art of monster holding sexy Julie Adams!

Date Sold 11/2/2014
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An Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked One-Sheet Movie Poster (1sh; measures 27" x 41" [69 x 104 cm]) (Learn More)

Creature from the Black Lagoon, the classic 1954 Jack Arnold Universal 3-D (3D; 3-Dimension) science fiction (sci-fi) monster horror thriller ("Sheer, stark terror grips you in underwater... 3-D"; "Terrifying monster of the ages raging with pent-up passions! ...with every man his mortal enemy ...and a woman's beauty his prey!"; "Centuries of passion pent up in his savage heart!"; "Amazing! Startling! Shocking!"; "Monster from a million years ago!"; "CLAWING MONSTER FROM A LOST AGE strikes from the Amazon's forbidden depths!"; "Thrills beyond compare in... 3D") starring Richard Carlson, Julie Adams (billed as "Julia Adams"), Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno, Nestor Paiva, Whit Bissell, Ricou Browning (who played the Gill Man underwater), Ben Chapman (who played the Gill Man on land), and Bernie Gozier. Note that the inspiration for this movie began when William Alland (the producer of this movie) was playing an acting role in "Citizen Kane", and he learned of a myth about half-man half-fish creatures in the Amazon. He wrote notes for a story called "The Sea Monster" in 1951, combining the above myth with the "Beauty and the Beast" story. In December 1952, a 59-page treatment called "Black Lagoon" was written by Maurice Zimm and Leo Lieberman wrote a script based on that treatment in early 1953, but Universal turned it down. After this script was written, a new script was written by Arthur Ross and Harry Essex, and that was the script that was used for the movie as filmed, and the last great Universal monster was created! Finally, note that the wonderful creature costume was created by a woman named Milicent Patrick, who you probably never heard of, but she deserves to be well remembered. She was a top pianist as a young girl, and she graduated from high school at 14. She went to work for Disney as an artist in the animation department in the late 1940s, and she was the first female hired by Disney in that capacity. In 1954, she designed the classic creature costume used in this movie, but the head of the makeup department did all he could do to keep her from getting proper credit, and as a result, she left Universal. It is said that she also created some of the well known costumes in other Universal horror and sci-fi movies preceding this, but there is no clear record as to which ones (but some great monsters of this time, including the ones in "This Island Earth", seem to be unmistakably her design). She turned to acting, appearing in a few movies and on TV, but she pretty much vanished in the early 1960s. She passed away in 1998 at the age of 82. She certainly deserves massive credit for her contributions to this movie and other great 1950s monster movies, but that may never happen.
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Important Added Info: Note that there is considerable confusion over who created the art for this poster. Some say it is by Reynold Brown and others say it is by Albert Kallis. If anyone has definitive evidence as to who created the art, please e-mail us and we will post it here.

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Overall Condition and Pre-Restoration Defects with Quality of Restoration: good to very good. The poster had a quarter-sized area of paper loss at the top and bottom crossfolds, with tiny paper loss at the middle crossfold. It had a 1" thin oval area of paper loss in the vertical foldline in the girl's waist and some creases, tears, and tiny paper loss scattered in the rest of the vertical foldline. There were extra horizontal creases above and below the top and bottom horizontal folds. There were four 1-2" vertical tears in the right of the middle horizontal fold, one in the girl's arm and three in the blue background next to it. There were some tears and areas of paper loss around the edges of the poster, but only one at the top center extended into the image background at all, and that one only slightly. Overall, the poster was in good condition prior to linenbacking. The poster was really nicely backed, and the above defects were expertly corrected. The poster displays really well, and you have to look really close up to see the defects described above (ideally with a bright light shining behind the poster, which of course no one ever does when looking at a poster that is displayed). In fact, our consignor purchased this poster from a major auction, and they "missed" virtually all of the above defects when they described it. The poster will look great on the new owner's wall!
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