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Lot #: v205 PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE 1sh '58 Ed Wood's worst!

Date Sold 12/17/2005
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Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 9

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 Folded One-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 27" x 41") (Learn More)

Plan Nine From Outer Space, the 1958 Ed Wood (billed as "Edward D. Wood, Jr.") science fiction (sci-fi) zombie horror thriller ("Unspeakable horrors from outer space paralyze the living and resurrect the dead!"; some consider this to be the very worst movie ever!) starring Bela Lugosi, Maila Nurmi (billed as "Vampira"; as the Vampire Girl), Lyle Talbot, Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene, Carl Anthony, Paul Marco, Tor Johnson, Dudley Manlove, Joanna Lee, John Brechinridge, Norma McCarty, Lynn Lemon, Conrad Brooks, and Tom Mason (as "Ghoul Man with Cape Over Face"). Note that Lugosi died during the beginning of filming in 1956, but the ever resourceful Ed Wood (knowing his movie would be doomed without his top star) hired his wife Kathy's chiropractor to film Lugosi's scenes, and he dressed in a vampire-like outfit and held a cape high over his face, and no one knew the difference (and sadly, the chiropractor, Tom Mason, could not, of course, be credited on screen). There is some archival footage of Lugosi that Ed Wood used in the movie as well.
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Artist: Lewis
Important Added Info: We have seen two different color variations on one-sheets for Plan 9 From Outer Space (the one we are selling here and one with slightly different coloring). We wondered if anyone feels one version was printed before the other, and so we checked with ultimate poster authority Ron Borst, and he tells us that "He feels that this was a printing variation and that's all." This confirms my opinion, which is that both variations are first release.

Condition: good to very good. There is a slightly diagonal line of faint brown water staining across the top tagline (going through "THE LIVING" and the word "RESURRECT", continuing under the space ship and to the top crossfold. There is a small tear in the "9" in the title and a pinhole in the bottom of the "M" of "FROM" in the title. There are diagonal creases in the left 3" of the middle foldline (with tiny tears at the ends of the creases). There are lots of creases in the corners. There is an extra vertical foldline 1/4" to the left of the regular vertical foldline, and there are many creases in the area between the two foldlines. There was separation at the top and middle crossfolds, and someone put white conservation tape on the back of the areas (there was also paper loss at the top crossfold). There was separation in the top 2" of the vertical foldline, and in the 2" of the vertical foldline just above the top crossfold, and someone put white conservation tape on the back of those areas. The poster is in better condition than the above makes it sound! All of the defects described above are relatively minor, and respond well to linenbacking. It is likely a talented restorer can remove or greatly diminish the water stains in the top left of the poster, and then only need slight or no paint restoration in that area. All of the other minor defects can be corrected during the linenbacking process, after which the poster will look great!
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