Pin-ups and posters of the stars were a huge pop culture market in the 60's and 70's. For a time, Bolivian-American Jo Raquel Tejada, a.k.a. Raquel Welch, lead the pack with her sultry latin looks and curves to go along with it. Playboy dubbed her "The Most Desirable Woman of the 1970's". Monster fans remember her most as the prehistoric cave girl, Loana, in Hammer's One Million Years, B.C. She also made news publicly calling out Jim Brown for his more than expected closed-mouth kissing on the set of 100 Rifles. Her most controversial role was as a transsexual in the eponymous Myra Breckenridge. With a current bid at nearly $900 at Heritage Auctions is a rare window card that was used to promote her role in Fantastic Voyage. It sure got this 12-year old to the theater, I tell ya! Here is the description from the auction: Fantastic Voyage (20th Century Fox, 1966).Window Card (14" X 22") Advance. After her appearance inA Swinging Summer(1965), 20th Century Fox signed Raquel Welch to a contract. The studio poured money into her promotion via the "pin-up" route. By 1966, she was cast inFantastic Voyage,and Fox rushed this advance window card into production. Although Welch's sexy pose has nothing to do with the film, it created quite a buzz immediately upon its release. Few theatres in 1966 displayed the racy poster in the lobby, so most of them simply went unused or were thrown out. Finding one of these posters, especially in excellent condition such as this one, is a great opportunity. Only very faint rippling can be detected. Rolled, Very Fine+. Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000.
Released in New York City on January 12, 1933, the movie fan magazines of the day were quick to catch on to the newest screen terror, Paramount Pictures' Island of Lost Souls. Pictured above is a full-page ad from Photoplay's February, 1933 issue, and below is a one-page pictorial that was featured in Picture Play in the same month.
Two years before she starred in Mark of the Vampire, British actress Elizabeth Allan was fresh on American soil from across the pond. She appears here in the August, 1933 issue of The New Movie Magazine.
Proclaiming it to be "Weird!", this ad for Universal's The Old Dark House appeared in the August, 1932 issue of The New Movie Magazine. It depicts virtually the entire cast -- and what a great cast it was.
Due at the end of this month by McFarland is what promises to be the greatest and most complete compendium of all things Creature from the Black Lagoon, the highly anticipated The Creature Chronicles. Co-authored by Tom Weaver, David Schecter and Steve Kronenberg, and with an introduction by none other than the one-and-only, fabulous Julie Adams, Chronicles is sure to satisfy the most discriminating of Blackie fans. I was told by David Schecter at Monsterpalooza this spring that this project has been Tom Weaver's labor of love for many years. The book was promoted at a 50th Anniversary panel discussion attended by Miss Adams and Ricou Browning and moderated by Scott Essman. The highlight was a slide show and home movie film clip of Creature rarities shared by "The Arizona Gill Man". The book is offered for pre-order at the usual places. Here is the promo blurb from Amazon: "He was the final addition to Universal's "royal family" of movie monsters: The Creature from the Black Lagoon. With his scaly armor, razor claws and a face only a mother octopus could love, this Amazon denizen was perhaps the most fearsome beast in the history of Hollywood's Studio of Horrors. But he also possessed a sympathetic, poignant quality which elevated him fathoms above the many aquatic monsters who swam in his wake. Everything you ever wanted to know about the Gill Man and his mid-1950s film career (Creature from the Black Lagoon, Revenge of the Creature, The Creature Walks Among Us) is collected in this book packed to the gills with hour-by-hour production histories, cast bios, analyses, explorations of the music, script-to-screen comparisons, in-depth interviews and an ocean of fin-tastic photos." Fin-tastic, indeed!
Long before Forrest J Ackerman thrilled us Monster Kids with them in his Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine, the so-called "filmbook" had enjoyed some popularity in the earlier movie fan magazines. The format, a text narrative of a film story accompanied by various stills from the movie, had even been quite successful as far back as 1912 with the hardbound books of movie tie-ins known as Photoplay Editions, which used both reprints of novels that were made into movies as well as fictionalized film scripts. Here, for your holiday reading pleasure, is the photo film story of Universal's 1936 production of The Invisible Ray, starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi and Frances Drake. It appeared in the January 1936 issue of Movie Action magazine, coincidentally the same week that the movie was released. No credit is given for the authorship, but being in the pulp magazine format of the day, it was most likely penned by a staff writer. This article has previously seen a little exposure on the web, but I came across it while researching a book project and thought it relevant to readers of MONSTER MAGAZINE WORLD.
"Chaney's pictures are the only ones that don't get the raspberry." - Ex-convict working in Hollywood (1930)
The statement above refers to movies played for entertainment in the various correctional institutions of the day. "[Chaney] knows how a crook thinks, acts and talks," said the ex-con. In an article claiming to be the last interview that Lon Chaney gave before his death in August, 1930, writer J. Eugene Chrisman goes on to say that "Lon Chaney understands the underworld and its people because he has studied crime and criminals. He has studied them so long and so deeply as to be recognized by leading authorities as one of the finest amateur criminologists and penologists in the world."
Chaney was so popular with convicts that he was often asked by them to come and speak on the subject. In this interview, in the October 1930 issue of Motion Picture Classic, Chaney says that, "men on the inside of our jails are no more wholly bad than men on the outside are wholly good, and the line between the two is often faintly drawn." Monster Magazine World readers may recognize the name J. Eugene Chrisman as the same author who appeared in a string of recent posts about Boris Karloff. Note the credit given to George Hurrell, the well-known Hollywood portrait photographer.
Big news for monster model enthusiasts comes in the form of a just-published book entitled, Aurora Monster Scenes: The Most Controversial Toys of a Generation. Written by Monster Scenes guru Dennis L. Prince and former Aurora Project Manager Andrew P. Yanchus, the book -- like the model series when it was first introduced in 1971 -- is "Rated X for Excitement"! The 256-page book is packed with over 700 photos and illustrations and traces the history of the series of the kids models that were banned in many areas because of their inherent perverse and sadistic nature. Part of the problem was the fault of the manufacturer (who would ever think to have their kid's toys "Rated X" is astounding to begin with), but parents caught on to what might happen when their children devised games to be played with characters like "The Victim" and props like "The Pain Parlor".
Aurora Monster Scenes is a beautifully designed and printed oversized paperback. It is obvious that the authors consider this to be their labor of love as no detail is spared in the showing or telling. From concept drawings to photographs of built up models, all are presented in high quality images on glossy pages. The first section of the book should even appeal to 60s Monster Kids, as it covers the evolution of the Aurora Plastics Company, the monster model and toy craze, and the eventual release of the Monster Scenes series. Aurora Monster Scenes could be the book of the year for monster fans and model hobbyists. The book can be ordered HERE.