Thursday, October 19, 2017

JACK PIERCE'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST


Released on 8 December 1962 by United Artists, this is a lesser-known version of the classic tale. Jake Pierce supplied the "Beast" makeup between his work on "The Devil's Hand" and "Creation of the Humanoids".

Owing somewhat to the design for Pierce's Teenage Monster in the 1958 film of the same title, he fashioned a wig and facial appliances for actor Mark Damon, who ended up looking like a poor-man's Larry Talbot.

The Robert E. Kent production was directed by Edward L. Cahn, who had previously directed B-movie classics such as "Invasion of the Saucermen", "It, The Terror From Beyond Space", and "The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake". It would be his last film. Cahn passed away the next year on 25 August.

Lobby card

U.S. One Sheet

Belgian movie poster

Thursday, September 14, 2017

FRANKENSTEIN IN PHOTOPLAY


No mention of the man behind the monster, but a nice early shot of Karloff in his makeup nevertheless. The pic, shown in the November, 1931 issue of PHOTOPLAY just before FRANKENSTEIN's premiere on November 21, makes note of the "mechanical knob" on the side of the monster's neck.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

JACK PIERCE'S "BRIDE" IN 'UNIVERSAL WEEKLY'


"The Universal Weekly" was "U's" promotional magazine. In the 9 February 1935 issue was a 2-page spread featuring BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, which would be released the following May.

Much praise was given to director James Whale, stating that his productions were, "perfect from every angle, story, cast, settings." It is also interesting to note that the studio avoided using the term "horror" or "thriller" to describe the film, instead calling it a "strange compelling drama".

Shown at the top is a very serious Jack Pierce pictured working on Boris Karloff's headpiece. The caption erroneously mentions that the look is similar to "last year's monster makeup."