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The Walking Dead

Item #000218


  • Decade: 1940’s
  • Stars: Boris Karloff
  • Director: Michael Curtiz
  • Country: United States


  • Size: 1 Sheet (27 X 41)
  • Condition: Fine
  • Notes:

    An Original 27 X 41 ReRelease 1942 One Sheet poster for the 1936 American Horror film “The Walking Dead” starring arguably the greatest and certainly one of the most prolific actors of the 1930’s, Boris Karloff (Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Mummy).  Not only did this film star Karloff, but it was directed by arguably the greatest filmmaker of all-time Michael Curtiz who went on to direct classics such as “The Adventures of Robin Hood” (1938) “Angels with Dirty Faces” (1938) and the unforgettable motion picture starring Humphrey Bogart “Casablanca” (1942).  This was the very first film Karloff acted in under contract with Warner Brothers.  Karloff plays John Elman who has been framed and wrongly accused of a Judge’s murder by a group of gangsters disguised as lawyers.  Though evidence comes out that Elman is innocent, he is unable to prove it in time as the two key witnesses who saw the murder will not come forth and testify.  The witnesses begin to feel guilt, and they reach out to their advisor Dr. Evan Beaumont – who practices allotransplantation (organ transplant), about the possibility of revitalizing Elman.  Their attempts are successful, and Elman is brought back to life.  As the “Walking Dead” Elman preys on those who framed him of Judge Shaw’s murder, but in the end, it’s the gangsters own guilt that kills them.  This is the very film that inspired Robert Kirkman to write the 2003 comic book series “The Walking Dead” and led to the hit television series “The Walking Dead” on AMC.  Had it not been for this 1930’s film, “The Walking Dead” comic book series wouldn’t have been created nor would there be a television show.  This film started it all.  This is a rare sixty plus-year-old unrestored example of this classic One Sheet poster.  Issues to note include a clean split along the second horizontal fold (clean along the fold not in the image area), pinholes in the corners and a few pieces of tape on the white borders and backside of the poster.  This poster would look perfect displayed as is because these issues hardly appear when the poster is unfolded and presented.  We dare you to find another one of these posters in unrestored condition from 1942. Indeed, if you’re a fan of Karloff and Horror pictures, you’ll want to add this piece to your collection. Fine.

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