"Here's hoping he likes 'The Bride of Frankenstein'"—a virtually nonexistent signed Universal Pictures portrait of James Whale
Vintage glossy 8 x 10 Universal Pictures publicity portrait of the celebrated horror director, boldly signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "To Donald Weeks, with best wishes & here's hoping he likes 'The Bride of Frankenstein'—James Whale, 1935.” Reverse bears a Roman Freulich/Universal Pictures credit stamp. In fine condition, with scattered small surface creases. Autographs of Whale are extremely rare in any form, and signed photographs of this size and quality are of the utmost desirability—the reference to his classic movie, The Bride of Frankenstein, enhances this example even further.
Roman Freulich (1898-1974) was a Polish-born American photographer, known for his portraits and movie stills. Freulich worked extensively with James Whale and was the stills photographer for Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). The classic science fiction horror film Bride of Frankenstein was the sequel to the 1931 film Frankenstein. Both movies starred Boris Karloff as the Monster and Colin Clive as Dr. Frankenstein, and the Bride of Frankenstein also starred Elsa Lanchester in the dual role of Mary Shelley and the titular character at the end of the film.
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