August 17, 2012
Spotted on the Zombos’ Closet blog, this remarkable photo showing patrons crowding the lobby and trailing out to the street, waiting to see Frankenstein (1931) on its first run. The anticipation is palpable. Soon as the usher drops the velvet rope, you know there’s going to be a scramble for the best seats in the house.
Oh, to have seen Frankenstein back then. Today, the film’s themes and design have been sampled to the point of becoming clichés, and The Monster is a universal icon. We can only imagine how perfectly thrilling it must have been when the film was new.
and as a line drawing used in newspaper ads.
Zombos’ Closet, operated by John Cozzoli, is a superlative blog devoted to the celebration of horror in popular culture. It touches everything from Halloween and B-Movies to discussions on horror fiction and serious studies of the genre. It is also a wonderful resource for images. Case in point, check out this recent posting of the complete, original 1942 pressbook for The Ghost of Frankenstein.
With thanks to John Cozzoli.