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Wolf Man Vintage Horor Movie Poster Lobby Card Lon Chaney dead

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"The Wolf Man", 1941
Original Vintage Movie Poster Lobby Card (11x14")
Starring Lon Chaney


Very Rare lobby card for this iconic Universal Horror Classic.   What else needs to be said, nothing scared me as a child as the Wolf man!  Terrific graphics, bright colors and of course that great Wolfman border art, in this climatic scene as Lon Chaney/Wolf Man was beaten to death by his father (Claude Rains) and his metamorphosis back to human form.  These 1941 Wolf Man lobby cards are extremely difficult to acquire and rarely appear on the market. With the combination of theater owners destroying and the WWII paper-drives, very few survived.   And this is one of the best cards of the set with all the main characters in the final dramatic ending.

The Wolf Man (Universal, 1941). Lobby Card. Starring Lon Chaney, Jr., Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Bela Lugosi, Maria Ouspenskaya. Directed by George Waggner and written by Curt Siodmak

Lon Chaney was the star of what has become one of Universal Studios' greatest horror films. By the time this film was released at the beginning of WWII, the studio was trying to bring life back to the franchise that kept them solvent through the Depression: the monster movie, and they needed a new character. They made a werewolf film some five years prior in "Werewolf of London," but now revisited that character with a more horrific story.

There are horror movie posters collectors that pay tens of thousands of dollars for Hollywood treasures such as an original Frankenstein or Dracula lobby card. But, our absolute favorite has always been the original “Wolf Man”.  Nothing scared me more as a child than the Wolf Man.   And, for 25 years we have looked and searched the universe for original posters from this horror classic Masterpiece. In particular, the lobby cards have been our most desirable acquisition. .  In contrast to the one sheet and half sheets the lobby cards are spectacular. The colors and graphics are amazing.  In 25 years we have only owned one of the original lobby cards and it was the less significant “Gypsy festival “ scene with none of the main characters.  This lobby card depicts the scene of film's most dramatic final ending.

* Click enlargeable image above to view gorgeous details of this lobby card.

 

The Wolf Man (Universal, 1941). Lobby Card (11" X 14").
A fateful bite from a werewolf has tragic consequences for Lawrence Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.). He's cursed with lycanthropy and becomes a wolf himself when the moon is full. Universal was initially apprehensive about the public reception to a horror movie at the dawn of World War II, but this picture became one of their top grossers for 1942, and has remained one of the most popular films in their horror franchise.This stunning card depicts the final scene and features several of the film's key players including Claude Rains, Ralph Bellamy, Warren William, and Lon Chaney. Very good-excellent condition with expected border wear.

* We now have three of these highly rare Wolf Man lobby cardsUPDATE: ONLY ONE LEFT!   See below under Also Recommended.

Note: Cvtreasures stamp NOT on original card

See review below:

 

Lon Chaney Jr's signature role is still one of his best performances. 'The Wolf Man' is an undisputed horror classic.

Lon Chaney Jr lived under the shadow of his famous father, but in 'The Wolf Man' he helped create a horror icon that has lasted for over sixty years. Chaney had already shown that he could act in 'Of Mice And Men'(1939). In 'The Wolf Man' he gives another excellent performance, but this movie was both a blessing and a curse to his career I think. It forever labeled him a horror actor, and frankly he made a lot of lousy movies after this. Some good ones too, don't get me wrong, but too often he was given b-grade material to work with. Maybe his drinking problem had a lot to do with it, I don't know, but apart from a strong cameo in 'The Defiant Ones'(1958) and a great performance in Jack Hill's cult classic 'Spider Baby'(1964), he rarely was given a role as good as Larry Talbot in this movie.

Chaney is surrounded by a very strong supporting cast including horror legends Claude Rains ('The Invisible Man') and Bela Lugosi (sadly only a cameo), Ralph Bellamy ('His Girl Friday'), and frequent costar Evelyn Ankers (she and Chaney made a great on screen couple but apparently hated each other off screen. Such is Hollywood!). Many people complain about the casting of Rains and Chaney as father and son. I agree it's totally unrealistic, but I don't think it hurts the movie at all. The lack of Lugosi is a bigger problem. There was more footage of him but unfortunately it wasn't used in the final cut. It's too bad as more scenes between Lugosi and Chaney would have been a treat. Of course they worked together a few times after this, but mostly in lesser movies.

The real scene stealer in 'The Wolf Man' is Maria Ouspenskaya who plays the gypsy woman Maleva. She's just terrific, and gives the most memorable performance after Chaney. 'The Wolf Man' has had an enormous influence on just about every subsequent werewolf movie. Much of the lore seen on screen here isn't in fact traditional, as many people assume, but created by the talented Curt Siodmak ('Donovan's Brain') who subsequently wrote the horror classics 'I Walked With A Zombie'(1943), and 'The Beast With Five Fingers'(1946). 'The Wolf Man' is an undisputed horror classic, and just as entertaining and interesting today as it ever was nearly 70 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 



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