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1d016 DRACULA/FRANKENSTEIN linen 14x18 trade ad 1939 Boris Karloff & Bela Lugosi close ups, rare & different!

Date Sold 11/3/2019
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An Undated (probably 1939) Original Vintage Trade Ad (measures 14" x 18" [36 x 46 cm]) (Learn More)

the double-bill release ("We dare you to see Dracula with Bela Lugosi and Frankenstein with Boris Karloff"; "We dare you to see them together"; "The double horror show of the century CAN YOU TAKE IT?") of Dracula, the classic 1931 Tod Browning Universal vampire monster horror thriller ("The Greatest of all Horror Thrillers"; based on the classic novel and play by Bram Stoker) starring Bela Lugosi (in the title role as Count Dracula), David Manners, Dwight Frye (if there had been a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1931, Frye would have surely won it for his wild over-the-top portrayal as Renfield!), Helen Chandler, and Edward Van Sloan (as Professor Abraham Van Helsing) AND Frankenstein, the classic 1931 James Whale Universal monster horror thriller ("The monster that terrorized the world!"; "The Man Who Made a Monster"; "Based upon the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Story"; "Adapted by John L. Balderston from the play by Peggy Webling"; the first of the Universal "Frankenstein" movies, and regarded as one of the finer movies of any genre, in large part due to the marvelous acting of Boris Karloff, and the marvelous direction of James Whale!) starring Colin Clive, Boris Karloff (as the Frankenstein monster), Edward Van Sloan, Fredric Kerr, Mae Clarke, Dwight Frye (extremely memorable as Fritz), and John Boles
Important Added Info: Note that we have never auctioned this unusual trade ad before (it is surely a trade ad, because it says "Dare your patrons to see" rather than "We dare you to see", which was used on double bill posters. It had an ad for a different movie on the back, which we could see when we held the linenbacked ad to a very bright light, but the ad on the back does not show through to the front when it is looked at under normal lighting, except very slightly in the top and bottom of the light yellow areas, and in Lugosi's cheek and forehead, where faint pink shows through from the back. The ad on the back is for a movie called "Big Town Czar", which came out in 1939. That is important, because the first double bill of these two movies was in 1938, and the phrases used on this trade ad were almost only used in newspaper ads in 1938 and 1939, and very slightly in later re-releases. Since this trade ad has an ad for a 1939 movie on the back, it seems very likely the trade ad is exactly from either late 1938 or 1939. And since this striking trade ad has an image we have not seen anywhere else, it will display wonderfully on the new owner's wall! If anyone knows more about this trade ad, 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 trade ad was removed from some exhibitor publication, and expertly linenbacked, and the ad that was printed on the back is not visible from the front, except very slightly in the top and bottom of the light yellow areas and in Lugosi's cheek and forehead, where faint pink shows through from the back (see above). It also had a fold 8 1/2" from the bottom border, with some tiny paper loss along that fold (perhaps where there were staples). There were two tiny bits of paper loss in Lugosi's forehead and minor border wear. Overall, the trade ad was in good to very good condition prior to linenbacking. The trade ad was nicely backed, and displays well, and I would think almost any collector would be happy to display it on their wall in spite of the slight bleed-through from the back described above.
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