Another sensational foreign release poster for Son of Frankenstein (1939), this one by Guy Berjab for the French version, advertised as one of Universal’s “Gold Series” of films. A seal at the bottom reads, “See this Universal Super Production!”
The stylish and dynamic illustration, taken from the film’s action-packed climax, has The Monster literally straddling the poster. It’s a nice change from the usual static cameos of characters gazing anxiously into the distance. Artist Berjab uses an unusual palette, with a green glow at the top suggesting the smoking sulfur pit, and a cool blue base and purple logo at the bottom. Likenesses are excellent, with Atwill’s Krogh recognizable in profile and the terrified child emoting more than Donnie Dunagan did in the film.
Guy Berjab was an accomplished artist who, from the late Thirties onward, painted several movie posters and illustrated children’s books.