While vinyl records and music memorabilia is predominately our wheelhouse, sometimes we come across movie related items in collections that are just too good to pass by.
I Was A Teenage Werewolf / Dragstrip Girl: Super rare late 1950s UK 30″ x 40″ quad film poster for the double bill of seminal teenage classics; both made by American International Pictures in 1957 for the burgeoning market of a new age group known as ‘teenagers’. I Was A Teenage Werewolf starred a young Michael Landon as the titular wolf and was the first movie ever to have the word ‘teenage’ in its title, which soon became something of a cliche, thanks to exploitation filmmakers attempting to cash in on the hip, young market. Dragstrip Girl was co-produced by the legendary Samuel Z. Arkoff and was vilified in the press for its nihilistic and disobedient portrail of the youth of America. This poster is most likely a late 1950s, possibly early 1960s re-screening of the films, billed as ‘The double thrill sensation of the century!’, distributed by AngloAmalgamated with the Hammer House Wardour Street address printed at the bottom of the poster. The poster uses the familiar images used in the American poster art, however utilizes a different colour palette consisting of green, red & yellow and the the image of the couple on Dragstrip Girl is angled to a more upright position, possibly to render it less suggestive. The poster has three sharp folds vertically and three shallow folds horizontally and no holes where the folds intersect. There is a 2cm tear & small area of discolouration to right which only extends into the border, leaving the image unaffected. The edges of the poster are still sharp and the corners are present with no paper loss. The poster has been stored well, meaning acid yellowing it kept to a minimum and the colours still retain a vivid clarity which leaves them as eye-catching as the day they were adorning the doorway of the local Gaumont! A fantastic historical artifact to celebrate the birth of the teenager and perfect for framing. £250
Viking Women / Back To Nature / The Mysterious Invader: Late 1950s, possibly early 1960s UK 30″ x 40″ quad film poster for a triple bill of 1957 Anglo International Pictures features. Viking Women, also knownas The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent, produced by the schlock master Roger Corman and the legendary Samuel Z. Arkoff. The Astounding She Monster, here billed as The Mysterious Invader, directed& produced by Ronald V. Ashcroft, who engaged the B-movie kingpin Edward D. Wood, Jr. as an unofficial consultant after having worked on his Night of the Ghouls. The third part of the bill is an unidentified nudie cutie, Back To Nature, filmed in colour & set in the Elsinore nudist colony California, undoubtedly on of the first waves of nudie-cuties of the late 1950s. This poster is most likely a late 1950s, possibly early 1960s re-screening of the films, billed as ‘Colossal Triple Attraction’, distributed by AngloAmalgamated with the Hammer House Wardour Street address printed at the bottom of the poster. The poster uses a colour palette consisting of green, red & yellow with the Viking Women image the same as the American poster art, however reversed; the art from the Mysterious Invader utilizes the central figure and composites with the other lead characters. The poster has three sharp folds vertically and three shallow folds horizontally and no holes where the folds intersect. There is are two creases to the bottom which are confined to the white border. The edges of the poster are mostly still sharp, aside from a couple of point where the creases meet the edge, overall the effect is still very pleasing. The poster has been stored well, meaning acid yellowing it kept to a minimum, only present for a small section of the left & right edges, with a few light spots of foxing here or there. The colours still pop from the image, with the whites still bright and the images wonderfully clear in all their pulpy, titilating glory. This is a fantastic relic from the age of the drive-in, which must have been a real shot in the arm for the austere post-war UK. A great item, perfect for framing and sure to be a conversation piece £195
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