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d009 CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON linen three-sheet movie poster '54 classic!

Date Sold 5/17/2005
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Original Vintage Theatrical Linenbacked Three-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 41" x 81") (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 I personally had this poster linenbacked by the masters at Studio C. Prior to restoration, it had a few very minor defects, but was overall in quite nice condition. The defects were as follows: the poster had been attached to a wall with three pieces of masking tape in the top border. Each of the three pieces of tape in the top border slightly extended into the green background area. There was a small area of paper loss in the left of the bottom blank border (solely blank white paper), and a few minor tears and creases in the borders. There were two areas of paper loss within the image (on the crossfold that was on the outside when the poster was fully folded). One was in the top left of the second "R" of "CREATURE" in the title, and a tiny portion of the green area just above it was also missing (the missing area measured roughly 1/4" x 1"). The other missing area is around 11" to the right of that area just to the left of the first talon of the creature's hand (mostly in the solid green background but slightly extending into the hand). That area of paper loss measured around 1/4" x 3/4". Other than the above defects, there were only the most minor of defects anywhere on the poster, and the poster has really bright colors. The reds of the creature's lips and hand are not at all faded, unusual for "Creature" posters! The poster was wonderfully linenbacked, and the above very minor defects are truly not at all noticeable (I am sure that few collectors would see them, even inspecting the poster from inches away, unless they were specifically pointed out to them, and even then I am not sure they would see it!). I can't imagine a collector who would not be happy to display this great poster on their wall!

Condition: fine.
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