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Lot #: #173 GODZILLA 1sheet '56 Toho, sci-fi classic

Date Sold 12/16/2003
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Appears in Vintage Hollywood Posters 6

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.

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

Gojira (released in the U.S. in 1956 as "Godzilla, King of the Monsters"; see below), the classic 1954 Ishiro Honda Japanese Toho kaiju battling rubbery monsters horror science fiction (sci-fi) thriller ("An enraged monster wipes out an entire city!"; "Incredible, unstoppable titan of terror!"; "It's Alive!"; "Civilization crumbles as its death rays blast a city of 6 million from the face of the earth!"; "Mightiest monster! Mightiest melodrama of them all!"; "Spawned in the ocean's depths... it stalks the earth! Belching fire that blasts mighty cities into oblivion! A gory Goliath that lives to kill... kills to live! Diabolical demon of destruction... mightiest monster of them all - Godzilla!"; "Makes King King look like a midget!"; "Earth-shaking! Screen-shattering!"; "Awesome - and then some! - Civilization totters! Science astounded!"; "See! A monstrous sea-beast... surging up from the ocean! ... a city of six-million wiped out by its death ray blast! ...Giant ships swamped! Jet planes swept from the skies! Trains ripped from the rails!"; "More! More! More! See every screen-shattering thrill!") starring Raymond Burr, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, and Haruo Nakajima (the man in the Godzilla monster suit!). Note that this movie was originally "Gojira", released in Japan in 1954. Two years later, this Americanized re-edited version was released, and it had most of the commentary by the Japanese actors about nuclear war removed, and new scenes were shot with Raymond Burr, who plays a TV commentator announcing what Godzilla is doing, thus allowing him to be in the movie without actually appearing in any of the original scenes! Even though these new scenes with Raymond Burr were added, the new running time of the movie was still 8 minutes shorter than the original running time, because they removed quite a bit of the original footage. The U.S. version is 90 minutes, and the original Japanese version is 98 minutes.
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Condition: very good. there is small separation at the bottom crossfold; there was a brown tape stain in each blank corner. Someone put a piece of clear tape over each tape stain and they also put a piece of masking tape on the back of three of the four corners; there was a small area of paper loss in the middle of the bottom border and someone taped a piece of paper on the back of it to create the illusion of no paper loss; there was a 3" tear near the middle of the top border running down through the "O" of "UNSTOPPABLE", and this was taped from the back with masking tape; there was a 1" tear on the top of the vertical foldline and this was taped with masking tape from the back; there is 1 1/2" of separation at the right of the middle foldline and a handful of small tears around the edges of the poster. The poster is in better condition than the above makes it sound! The image area of the poster is in nice unrestored condition, and the colors are bright. Its defects are mostly in the borders and would vanish if it were linenbacked and the poster would look wonderful!
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