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Boris Karloff Personally Owned & Worn Vintage Red Cape

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Boris Karloff 

Personally Owned & Worn Vintage Red Cape
Gifted to Joe Franklin's Memorabilia Lane

Extraordinary Piece of Entertainment HISTORY.  The Horror Icon Boris Karloff and his personally worn red cape used several times for his role and performances in the 1950 Broadway play "Peter Pan".    This treasure was gifted to Joe Franklin in the early-mid 60s during a visit with Mr Karloff.  At that time Joe Franklin, as he always did, asked for items for his massive memorabilia collection. Mr Karloff gave Joe a number of items including the makeup kit and part of the costume he was used during his time on Broadway.  I recall Joe telling me the makeup kit included Mr Karloff's dentures which Joe sold separately.  I was actually contacted by the man who bough the dentures , which were Authenticated Genuine by a world renown Forensic Dentist, who happen to be John Travolta's dentist.   Joe offered to sell me the remaining makeup kit contents, but I declined due to the  exorbitant price he was asking.    The Red Cape we are offering here was acquired at the same time Mr Karloff gave Joe the makeup kit and dentures. 

*Note from the images below, only the Cape is in our collection,  NOT the suit Mr Karloff wore under the cape..     * See the enlargeable image below of Joe Franklin COA and standing next to Cape ..

* See enlargeable images above and below.  Including image of the Vintage Cape neck clasp ornate gold buttons and chain

JOE FRANKLIN (1926-1915)

"The only guy who remembers more than I do is Joe Franklin, because he's been around longer than me.  Joe's showbiz collection is the most outstanding I've ever seen and there's a history behind every single acquisition"   ~ Regis Philbin

If you are not familiar with Joe Franklin, here are a few highlights .

1. Many up and coming stars from the 1950s to the 1980s got their first mass exposure, first television appearance on The Joe Franklin Show including  Woody Allen, Andy Kaufman, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Julia Roberts, Bruce Springsteen, Robin Williams, John Belushi and Richard Pryor. Frank Sinatra reportedly appeared four times

2. Other Joe Franklin guest claims include John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe (with whom Franklin co-authored "The Marilyn Monroe Story" in 1953), Jayne Mansfield, The Beastie Boys, Cary Grant, Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Rudy Vallee, Jimmy Durante, Madonna, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Bing Crosby, The Belmonts, Elvis Presley, The Ramones, Lou Albano and five US presidents (including John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon).

3. A&E's documentary It's Only Talk, The Real Story Of America's Talk Shows credits Franklin as the creator of the television talk show. Franklin was listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest running continuous on-air TV talk show host, more than a decade longer than Johnny Carson's run.

4.  Franklin's show was first parodied by Billy Crystal during the 1984–1985 season of Saturday Night Live.

5. Joe was an American radio and television host personality, author and actor from New York City. His television show began in January 1951 on WJZ-TV (later WABC-TV) and moved to WOR-TV (later WWOR-TV) from 1962 to 1993

6. Joe was called “The King of Nostalgia” because he was an obsessive collector and was known to ask guest for a piece of memorabilia. His offices including several rooms were cluttered with an endless drove of treasures he collected from the famous.   A book written in 1985,  “Joe Franklin's Show Biz Memorabilia” chronicles to Joe’s massive collection of movie and entertainment memorabilia he acquired directly from his celebrity guests and friends.. 

Joe Franklin was a national treasure in the talk show and entertainment industry.    Watching old videos of the Joe Franklin Show I realize Joe may be one of the Best interviewers I've ever seen. Better then Carson, better than Leno or Letterman. Certainly far better than any of the late night “hosts” today..

Watch the Master interviewing the golden age movie star Virginia Mayo below:

He was a walking encyclopedia in the entertainment genre. And he never had to read a card... Although I got to know Joe and had talked to him on the phone a few times, I wish I had got to know this national treasure better before he passed away two years ago this month... We discussed meeting up in NY City but I procrastinated too long. 

Whether he was interviewing Bing Crosby, Bob Hope or Virginia Mayo, he was a master and a class act. 

Below are a few video highlights from the Joe Franklin Show..

Milton Berle:

Bing Crosby

Bob Hope:

Billy Crystal interviewing Joe Franklin, Bing Crosby, Bill Cosby:

40th Anniversary in Show Business:

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