August 11, 2015
Delighted to visit again with Brisbane’s Frankenstein impersonator of 1932. Rarely were ballyhoo men ever identified, but this one we know as Lance Robartson, reputedly the tallest man in Australia, standing six feet and eleven inches sans monster boots.
In our previous encounter, a photograph of Mr. Robartson was a poor one, as is often the case with microfilm sources. Here, finally, we get a good look at our Monster. No elaborate makeup was necessary. Size, costume, a deadpan stare and a matted wig did the job.
This photo from The Telegraph of June 10, 1932 chronicles Robartson’s arrival at the train station on Thursday the 9th, greeted by the press and a brave young man. That same evening, Robartson was the special guest at a dance cabaret soirée, all of it promoting Universal’s FRANKENSTEIN, opening that weekend at the city’s storied Tivoli theatre.
For more details about the event, read our original post: The Monster, In Person!
Source: The Brisbane Telegraph archives on Trove.