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Lot #: #172 FORBIDDEN PLANET style B 1/2sh '56 Robby

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 Paperbacked Unfolded Style B Half-Sheet Movie Poster (measures 22" x 28") (Learn More)

Forbidden Planet, the classic 1956 Fred McLeod Wilcox science fiction (sci-fi) outer space robot monster thriller ("Amazing!"; "In Cinemascope and Color"; "Based on the story by Irving Block & Allen Adler"; very loosely adapted from William Shakespeare's "The Tempest"; about space men who journey to a distant planet, and they find that all the members of the original expedition have died, except for one man and his daughter, and they have discovered the secrets of a long lost civilization called "The Krell", which dwarfs anything humans have ever discovered, but there is a very dark side to those secrets that is soon revealed) starring Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens, Jack Kelly, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman (as the cook, who was put in the movie for comic relief), Robby the Robot (billed as "Introducing Robby the Robot"), James Drury, and Frankie Darro (who was inside the robot suit until he was fired early in the production for showing up inebriated and almost damaging the expensive prop). Note that after Robby the Robot appeared in this movie, he had another movie role in "The Invisible Boy", and then he appeared in a slightly modified version as the robot in TV's "Lost in Space". On November 21, 2017, the original "Robby the Robot" was auctioned, and it sold for $5.375 million!
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Condition: very good. the poster was paperbacked; it appears that prior to paperbacking the poster had pinholes, smudges and tears in the blank borders, and that there was a semi-circular area of paper loss in the middle of the left border that extended into the image background. It also appears that 1/2" of the top blank border had been trimmed off. The person who restored the poster expertly replaced the missing areas and has painted over much of the borders to "even them out" (most people would not be aware of this restoration if it were not pointed out to them); it appears there was very little wrong in the image area except for some scattered smudges, stains, and creases, which were expertly touched up during the paperbacking process; there are very faint surface scuffs (mostly in Robby the Robot's body), which are truly only noticeable when the poster is turned to the light; When one examines this poster from inches away, one can find traces of areas that were expertly restored, but from any distance away the poster looks wonderful and it in no way has a "heavily restored" feeling to it. I would think any collector would be happy to have this poster in their collection!
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