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The Fly (1958) Poster

This is a glorious example of a sci-fi horror double-bill, twinning "The Fly" (1958) with "The Return of the Fly" (1959), probably dating to early 1960's. The artists depiction of the subject matter was unusually graphic for the time & even today packs quite a punch. The choice of elemental green/red colours combined with the lurid image of the hungry insect & the damsel in distress, serves to conjure a sense of horrific anticipation. The typically OTT tag-lines & faux warnings, are also very characteristic of this genre of film poster. The "Color" sticker is an interesting addition, the American spelling of the word perhaps suggesting that this poster saw use overseas (possibly Canada?).

 

Although Jock Hinchcliffe was responsible for the original release Quads for "The Fly" & "Return of the Fly" (see images below), this double-bill is not by Hinchcliffe. The image of the reclining woman has been lifted from Hinchcliffe's original but Grand National would have used another commercial artist, possibly a freelancer. Irrespective, this is a fine piece of poster illustration. For more information about Hinchcliffe (including plenty of illustrations), please refer to Sim Branghahan's book "British Film Posters" (BFI 2006).



The poster has minor edge nicks & pin-holes to rim & a single 2" conservation repair to the mid horizontal fold from the right hand rim.



Price: £1275.00

Film Category: Horror / Sci-Fi
Director: Kurt Neumann
Actor / Actresses: Vincent Price, Patricia Owens, Herbert Marshall
Poster Type: UK Quad (30" x 40", 76cm x 102cm)
Poster Artist: Unknown
Condition: Excellent
Year: 1958
Reference: 59177



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