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Auction ends: December 16, 2017 11:30 PM
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Citizen Kane is considered the greatest film ever made. It was responsible for the inspiration behind the 1950’s horror classic, “Creature of the Black Lagoon.” Creature’s producer William Alland played the part of a reporter Jerry Thompson in Citizen Kane. After filming at a party, he overheard a guest talking about the myth of a half-human half-fish creature that lived in the Amazon River. He saw the potential for a horror movie in that conversation and several years later, “Creature From the Black Lagoon” was created. It was filmed in 3-D and became one of the highest grossing films in the 1950’s. The regular flat version was also considered one of the all time best horror films.

The film’s biggest awe of course was the creature himself, known as the Gill-man. The original designer was Disney animator Millicent Patrick and it took its form by Hollywood make-up artist Bud Westmore. Jack Kevan created the suit and Chris Mueller, Jr. created the head. The entire costume itself is one of the most valuable pieces in all of movie horror memorabilia.

The actual suit mask and head are one of the most sought after and cherished of all movie horror memorabilia. Presented is a mask made from the original mold of the “Creature of the Black Lagoon”. It was mounted as a hunting trophy and made to scare the bejeezus out of anyone who walks in your man-cave.

Well, in seriousness it was made primarily as a gift and later used as a movie prop in a film. It was gifted by the director of the film Jack Arnold to Jack Mathews. The director Arnold was a friend of the family as Jack is the son of Ed Mathews who is a famous music producer. Jack obtained the mask through this family friendship in the late 1980’s. A personalized book from Arnold to the Mathews family is included for provenance.

The casting itself was painted green with feature embellishments and made from a heavy foam. The display measures 11×19 with a length of 15″. The freaky monster’s head stretches out about 9″ from the backing. There’s also a small pole from the mounting style jutting from its temple. The mask is still in solid condition after all of these years with some minor cosmetic wear expected from age/travel. Overall, a tremendous collectible right from the director of the classic “Creature” film ready to be put on display. Heck, put it in your hunting trophy room and see what the neighbors will say.

Authentication: Provenance Letter, Signed book from director of the film Jack Arnold.

 

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