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Collecting Monsters => Memorable Memorabilia => Topic started by: Monsters For Sale on March 13, 2015, 07:21:59 PM

Title: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 13, 2015, 07:21:59 PM
Most UMA members know I collect Frankenstein items almost exclusively.  Occasionally, I will acquire an odd item that appeals to the monsterkid in me, but I try to stick to Frankenstein for financial reasons and the wide range of variety on a single subject that I think makes an interesting collection all the more fascinating.

I do have one major weakness.  I am a huge fan of one of Universal-Internationals lesser-appreciated little 50's science fiction classics, "THE MONOLITH MONSTERS" from 1957.

Monolith was co-written by Jack Arnold of "It Came From Outer Space", "Creature From the Black Lagoon", "Tarantula" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man" fame - and directed by John Sherwood, who also directed "The Creature Walks Among Us".  It also stars Shrinking Man's Grant Williams.  Universal must have been a fun place to work in the 1950's.

Monolith was a unique take on movie science fiction for its time.  So unique that I was disappointed the first time ten-year-old me saw it in the theater back in 1957.  It was the stupid title.  I left the theater feeling vaguely cheated that there had been no "monster" as I understood them.  I suppose I was expecting yet another guy in a rubber suit to identify with.

After much deliberation, I came to appreciate what I had seen.  Repeated viewings over the years has petrified my fondness for this little gem into a full-fledged love affair.

I know not everyone treasures this film as much as I do.  But for those few of you who do, I present my personal collection of promotional material for "THE MONOLITH MONSTERS".


       
      "From time immemorial..."


From the Advertising Department:


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1849-01AD:  Les Tremayne - Martin Cochrane


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1849-02AD:  Trevor Bardette - Professor Arthur Flanders


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1849-03AD:  Phil Harvey - Ben Gilbert


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1849-04AD:  Phil Harvey - Ben Gilbert


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1849-05AD:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller           Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett


(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3897/14331892110_7aae029b42_b.jpg)
1849-06AD:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller           Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2895/14518535455_43556f84b7_b.jpg)
1849-07AD:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller           Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett


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1849-08AD:  Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett


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1849-09AD:  Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2940/14518511515_21f2ae311e_b.jpg)
1849-10AD:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller


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1849-11AD:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller




From the Publicity Department:



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1849-01P:  Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett              Linda Scheley - Ginny Simpson


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1849-04P:  Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett               Grant Williams - Dave Miller


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1849-05P:  Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett               Grant Williams - Dave Miller


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1849-06P:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller                Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett


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1849-08P:  Ellis Carter, Director of Photography  -  Lola Albright  -  John Sherwood, Director  -  Grant Williams


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1849-09P:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller                Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett


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1849-10P:  Jock Mahoney (visiting set)                 Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett




The stills:



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1849-01:  Les Tremayne - Martin Cochrane              Phil Harvey - Ben Gilbert


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2902/14331837000_8597d43844_b.jpg)
1849-02:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller             Phil Harvey - Ben Gilbert


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1849-03:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller     Les Tremayne - Martin Cochrane     William Flaherty - Police Chief Dan Corey     Richard Cutting - Dr. E.J. Reynolds


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1849-04:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller              Linda Scheley - Ginny Simpson


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1849-05:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller        Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett       Linda Scheley - Ginny Simpson     Richard Cutting - Dr. E.J. Reynolds


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1849-06:  UNIDENTIFIED     Grant Williams - Dave Miller      UNIDENTIFIED      William Flaherty - Police Chief Dan Corey


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1849-07:  Trevor Bardette - Prof. Arthur Flanders         Grant Williams - Dave Miller


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7358/15810287964_be11cd9579_b.jpg)
1849-08:  UNIDENTIFIED      Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett     Linda Scheley - Ginny Simpson       Grant Williams - Dave Miller


(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7410/16246541389_4b95e1cd01_b.jpg)
1849-09:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller     Harry Jackson - Dr. Steve Hendricks       Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett


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1849-10:  Trevor Bardette - Prof. Arthur Flanders         Grant Williams - Dave Miller


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1849-11:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller           Trevor Bardette - Prof. Arthur Flanders


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1849-12:  Trevor Bardette - Prof. Arthur Flanders         Grant Williams - Dave Miller


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1849-13:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller


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1849-14:  Trevor Bardette - Prof. Arthur Flanders         Grant Williams - Dave Miller


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1849-15:  Trevor Bardette - Prof. Arthur Flanders         Grant Williams - Dave Miller


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1849-16: 

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1849-17:  William Flaherty - Police Chief Dan Cory       Grant Williams - Dave Miller       Trevor Bardette - Prof. Arthur Flanders


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1849-18:  William Flaherty - Police Chief Dan Cory       Grant Williams - Dave Miller       Trevor Bardette - Prof. Arthur Flanders


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1849-19:  (Front row)  Les Tremayne, William Flaherty, Eddie Parker, Katherine Howard & Dean Cromer


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1849-20: 

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1849-21:  Grant Williams - Dave Miller (art dept. depiction)


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1849-22:  Back Row:  Les Tremayne & Trevor Bardette      Front Row:  Dean Cromer & Grant Williams


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1849-23:  Trevor Bardette - Prof. Arthur Flanders      Grant Williams - Dave Miller      Lola Albright - Cathy Barrett


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1849-24:  Les Tremayne - Martin Cochrane          Grant Williams - Dave Miller


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1849-25:  Les Tremayne - Martin Cochrane           Otto Malde - Printer


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(Close-up of notice in previous still.)

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(I typed out something that is easier to read.)


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1849-26:  UNIDENTIFIED    (See the Salt Works in the distance?)


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1849-27:  Grant Williams, Trevor Bardette. Les Tremayne, Lola Albright & William Flaherty


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1849-28:  Troy Donahue - Hank Jackson (in white cap)        UNIDENTIFIED Extras


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1849-29:  The dam is blown.


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1849-30:  Flooding the Salt Works.


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1849-31:  UNIDENTIFIED              Troy Donahue - Hank Jackson (in white cap)


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1849-32:  Grant Williams, Trevor Bardette, Lola Albright & Les Tremayne


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1849-33:  The flood reaches the Monoliths.


To see all of these in full-sized scans, complete with publicity snipes on the reverse, visit my Flickr album for The Monolith Monsters here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/51514834(*at*)N00/sets/72157645378689171/ (https://www.flickr.com/photos/51514834(*at*)N00/sets/72157645378689171/)   If the link does not take you directly there, just copy it and paste into the Web address line.  That seems to work every time.


(Feel free to copy any and all images and use whatever way you want.  Some of these images are on the rare side.)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 14, 2015, 12:02:32 AM
In addition to the Universal issued photos in the first post, I have acquired some other bits of promotional material:


UK  Lobby Cards  -  Front of House Stills


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Same as U.S. Still No. 1849-01


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Same as U.S. Still No. 1849-15


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Same as U.S. Still No. 1849-18


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Same as U.S. Still No. 1849-25


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Same as U.S. Still No. 1849-26



Arcade Card


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Grant Williams, 3½" X 5" - Cropped from Advertising Dept. Photo 1849-AD11 (rotated counter-clockwise)



Showman's Manual - Ad Mats


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Utility Mat No. 1-A


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Utility Mat No. 1-B


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Utility Mat No. 1-C


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Utility Mat No. 1-D


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Utility Mat No. 101


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Utility Mat No. 102


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Utility Mat No. 103


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Utility Mat No. 104


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Utility Mat No. 106


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Utility Mat No. 201


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2948/15203998340_491ba52924_c.jpg)
Utility Mat No. 202


(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3873/14911858725_dda9e5e6a0_c.jpg)
Utility mat No. 203


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Utility Mat No. 204


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Utility Mat No. 205


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Utility Mat No. 206


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Utility Mat No. 402


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Utility Mat No. 403



Posters and Lobby Cards - Color


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Lobby Card No. 2 - 11" X 14" - (Based on Still No. 1849-06)


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Lobby Card No. 3 - 11" X 14" - (Based on Still No. 1849-15)


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Lobby Card No. 4 - 11" X 14" - (Based on Still No. 1849-17)


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Lobby Card No. 5 - 11" X 14" - (Based on Still No. 1849-32)


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Lobby Card No. 7 - 11" X 14" - (Based on Still No. 1849-19)


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Poster - 1-Sheet - 27" X 41" - (Linen-Backed)


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Poster - Insert - 14 X 36"


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Poster - Daybill - 13" X 30" (Australian)


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Poster - Window Card - 14" X 22"


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Poster - Window Card - (10⅞" x 4" - Coming Attractions)


I hope to add the missing 3 U.S. Lobby Cards and maybe a nice Half-Sheet poster sometime in the future.

But, this is what I have collected so far...

Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on March 14, 2015, 12:56:15 AM
Great collection of stills, Adam! MM is one of my fave '50s sci-fi movies!
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: typhooforme on March 14, 2015, 08:18:18 AM
I love "dedicated collections" and this is a great one!  MM is a fascinating movie, unique to say the least, and I certainly understand your interest in it.  Kudos on a fine collection!  MOST impressive!
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on March 14, 2015, 10:34:15 AM
You really do have quite the MM collection! Nice one sheet! Hope you get to finish the LC set.

Love this on high view of Courthouse Square! If you look close, you can see Marty and Doc Brown standing by a lamppost.  ;D

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5484/14519865871_6139b08b53_b.jpg)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 14, 2015, 08:45:22 PM
Even though these are all posted on Flickr, I wanted to also post them here, because this is where more fans will come looking for such items.  I hope they are copied and re-copied all over the place.  Many of these photos are the only examples I have ever seen anywhere.

I didn't collect all these images to hide away in my private stash, only to be thrown out someday by whoever rifles through the belongings I leave behind after my death.  I want them to find a new life out there in the Interwebnet and continue on long after me.

Wish I could get to whoever might be preparing MM for a definitive collector's Blu-Ray release on its 60th anniversary in 2017.  (I can wish.)  It would be my dream to have all the photo images included as an extra.

Still missing 3 Publicity Department photos and there are 3 Stills and 1 Advertising Dept. Photo I would like to get better original prints of.  Oh yeah, there is also a photo advertising "The Incredible Shrinking Man" that uses an image of Grant Williams in his "The Monolith Monsters" costume.  So that makes 4 photos I am missing.

With those 4, I will have a complete set - at least of the numbered U.S. photos.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on March 14, 2015, 10:21:16 PM
Wish I could get to whoever might be preparing MM for a definitive collector's Blu-Ray release on its 60th anniversary in 2017.  (I can wish.)  It would be my dream to have all the photo images included as an extra.

Yeah, that would be cool, but since they're rereleasing those movies on DVDR, I don't know if we'll be seeing Blu-Rays anytime soon.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 14, 2015, 10:25:42 PM
... since they're rereleasing those movies on DVDR, I don't know if we'll be seeing Blu-Rays anytime soon.

If it were at all likely, it wouldn't have to be a wish.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on March 14, 2015, 10:51:29 PM
I think most, if not all of them, have been released on European Blu-Rays.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 15, 2015, 12:30:03 AM

Monolith Monsters was released on a German Blu-Ray.

No English-language Blu-Ray that I know of.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 20, 2015, 05:15:56 PM

I've just received another Lobby Card:


(https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2912/14617671871_868b693717_b.jpg)
Lobby Card No. 6 - 11" X 14" - (Based on Still No. 1849-21)

Still looking for Lobby Cards Nos. 1 and 8 for a complete set.


Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on March 20, 2015, 07:22:47 PM
I've just received another Lobby Card:

BEST CARD!!  Congrats on that score!
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Hepcat on March 20, 2015, 07:30:50 PM
Quote from: Monsters for Sale
I hope to add the missing 3 U.S. Lobby Cards and maybe a nice Half-Sheet poster sometime in the future.

Wow! Too cool! How long have you had the posters and lobby cards, where did you buy them and are they expensive these days?

 ???


Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 20, 2015, 07:34:39 PM
Actually, the Lobby Cards pictured are Internet images that I borrowed.  I am not set up to do scans of my cards, so I fudged.

In all cases my cards are in amazingly good shape with bright colors and unblemished white borders and zero water stains.

The Number 6 card that I have is so nice that I was not satisfied that it was not a reprint, until I had examined it very closely.  It always amazes me when I find old paper items that have been kept from harm for so many years.

Card Number 8 should be easy enough to find in the condition I demand.  Card Number 1 may take me a long time.

But, I never really thought my Monolith Monsters memorabilia collection would ever get as nearly complete as it is.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 20, 2015, 07:48:39 PM
Wow! Too cool! How long have you had the posters and lobby cards, where did you buy them and are they expensive these days?

 ???

Most of the Lobby Cards for this movie are quite reasonable.  Several were $20 to $25 each.  The fully restored Linen-Backed 1-Sheet was only $250.00 off eBay.

The U.S. Insert was quite cheap and the Australian Daybill was only about $60.00.  All of them are well-centered and in amazing shape.  I think the big Window Card was about $45.00 and the little "Coming Attraction" Window card (the only one I have ever seen anywhere) was $12.00.

I am usually very patient and shop around a long time for the things I want.

I've had a lot of luck - and it didn't hurt that I have such a fondness for a generally underappreciated film.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Hepcat on March 21, 2015, 09:34:35 AM
But, I never really thought my Monolith Monsters memorabilia collection would ever get as nearly complete as it is.

And now you are the man, the world's foremost authority on Monolth Monsters related memorabilia!

I've had a lot of luck - and it didn't hurt that I have such a fondness for a generally underappreciated film.

Yes, that's the key! If you're a mainstream collector, you end up paying through the nose because of the competing demand of other collectors. That's why the initial focus of any collecting activities on my part has always been the relatively unappreciated parts of any genre, e.g. in comics the Fly as opposed to Spider-Man.

Incidentally, I believe The Monolith Monsters was the first horror or sci-fi flick I ever saw. And we viewed it at a drive-in (Twilight, Sunset?) when it was first released with friends of the family! I never forgot those horrifying images from my formative years although I didn't even know the title until I hunted it down five to ten years ago. As a result, I rank The Monolith Monsters right up there with the best movies of all time, e.g. Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Gorgo, Angry Red Planet, Invasion of the Saucer-Men, Horror of Dracula, etc. Of course I haven't seen it again since that day in 1957 or 1958 so....

 :-\
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 21, 2015, 09:48:36 AM
...I haven't seen it again since that day in 1957 or 1958 so....
 :-\

I have been thinking that I saw it at age 10 in the summer of 1957, but it was actually released in December of that year - after my October birthday.  So now I figure I must have seen it in 1958 sometime before my birthday when I was still 11. 

I saw all of the Universal-International 50's science fiction movies in our little walk-in theater as Saturday morning kiddie matinees, sans parental supervision.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mord on March 21, 2015, 11:53:18 AM


I saw all of the Universal-International 50's science fiction movies in our little walk-in theater as Saturday morning kiddie matiness, sans parental supervision.
Sounds like heaven. I got to see some of the late '60s Hammer films like that. I remember marveling at the lobby cards & promo photos outside the theater. Were you too young to catch any of the Creature movies in their original run?
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 21, 2015, 12:29:04 PM
Sounds like heaven. I got to see some of the late '60s Hammer films like that. I remember marveling at the lobby cards & promo photos outside the theater. Were you too young to catch any of the Creature movies in their original run?

Our town had one small walk-in theater.  Sometimes it took a little longer for first-run films to reach us.  They might get to us several months after they had played in big cities like Los Angeles.  But yeah, I saw them all as first-runs for our area.  First-runs stayed out there a lot longer than they do today.  There was no home video. 

Before the days of movie ratings, almost all movies were considered to be suitable for all ages.  Parents used their own judgment as to what their kids could handle.

I remember sitting way down front and to the left of center when I saw "IT Came From Outer Space".  I know I was not in the very first row, because when IT came out of the cave to show Itself and the music welled up, I ducked my head behind the seat in front of me - Then felt stupid that I had cheated myself out of seeing the monster.  Funny, I remember that to this day and that was 60+ years ago.  I never hid my eyes again after that.

People did not feel bad about dropping their kids off at the kiddie matinees and picking them up when they let out back then.  By the time I was 10, I was allowed to walk the half mile or so to the theater by myself.

And yeah, it was heaven.  I loved seeing the re-released classic Universal Monsters, but I will always feel closer to the 50's science fiction that I considered all mine.  I especially like the cheaply made Universal Courthouse Square/desert movies of Jack Arnold.

Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Hepcat on March 21, 2015, 04:48:21 PM
I have been thinking that I saw it at age 10 in the summer of 1957, but it was actually released in December of that year - after my October birthday.  So now I figure I must have seen it in 1958 sometime before my birthday when I was still 11.

So I must have seen it then sometime in the spring or summer of 1958 at the age of six since the drive-ins in my neck of the woods would have been closed in the winter months.

I saw all of the Universal-International 50's science fiction movies in our little walk-in theater as Saturday morning kiddie matiness, sans parental supervision.

That's the way all movies should be seen. After all, you don't need your parents' presence at the movies. All you need is their quarter(s)!

 ;D

Our town had one small walk-in theater.

Relative to you then I lived in the big city. We had seven theatres and three drive-ins from which to choose.

Parents used their own judgment as to what their kids could handle.

Yes, can you imagine? Using your own judgement rather than having Big Brother do it all for you?

People did not feel bad about dropping their kids off at the kiddie matinees and picking them up when they let out back then.  By the time I was 10, I was allowed to walk the half mile or so to the theater by myself.

Yes. Hysteria wasn't such a widespread affliction among adults when we were kids.

 ;)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 16, 2015, 05:23:08 PM
I'll post my latest gets here, since they seem to belong here more than the regular thread.

Got a great copy of Lobby Card #8 (nicer than the stock shot below), which just leaves me needing Title Card #1 for a complete set.

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3856/14618787414_02bcb67ed2_c.jpg)


Also picked up a BEAUTIFUL example of the Australian 1-Sheet:

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8729/17744649932_9190b82572_b.jpg)

(Looks a LOT less like the U.S. versions when they are viewed side-by-side.)


Now I am lacking only the #1 Lobby Card and the Half-Sheet Poster.  They are really just the same artwork in 2 different sizes.

Anybody out there have them for sale - XF/NM examples, only?
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on May 16, 2015, 06:43:27 PM
Ordered a DVD because of this thread.Haven't seen Monolith Monsters since I was a kid in the 70's.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 16, 2015, 07:07:52 PM
Ordered a DVD because of this thread.Haven't seen Monolith Monsters since I was a kid in the 70's.

Don't expect "To Kill A Mockingbird".

(But I love it.)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: horrorhunter on May 16, 2015, 08:39:43 PM
Don't expect "To Kill A Mockingbird".
Yeah, I like The Monolith Monsters much better.  ;)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on May 16, 2015, 10:03:28 PM
Now I am lacking only the #1 Lobby Card and the Half-Sheet Poster. 

Do you have the 3 sheet and 6 sheet? I know you don't have the 24 sheet.  ;D
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 16, 2015, 10:06:27 PM
Do you have the 3 sheet and 6 sheet? I know you don't have the 24 sheet.  ;D

No, just what is pictured in this thread.

If I was rich and had the room, I might consider them...
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on May 16, 2015, 10:17:27 PM
If I was rich and had the room, I might consider them...

Yeah, few people have the room to display the big boys.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Hepcat on May 17, 2015, 08:59:57 AM
Got a great copy of Lobby Card #8 (nicer than the stock shot below), which just leaves me needing Title Card #1 for a complete set.

Now I am lacking only the #1 Lobby Card and the Half-Sheet Poster.  They are really just the same artwork in 2 different sizes.

You da man! The word's foremost collector of and authority on The Monolith Monsters memorabilia!

 8)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Dr Wolfenstein on May 23, 2015, 03:55:53 AM
My dvd arrived and I couldn't wait to watch it.Great movie with some really nice miniature work.That's one thing I love about the UMA it gets you excited about films or toys that your've forgotten about or have never seen.Thanks Adam.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Joeynines on May 23, 2015, 10:16:06 AM
Thanks, you just convinced me to find a copy of this film and watch it for the first time.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on May 25, 2015, 07:48:21 AM
For any die-hards out there who care about such things, here is an update on the pictured actors in this still:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7358/15810287964_be11cd9579_c.jpg)

The previously unidentified young lady playing Dr. Henricks'  brunette nurse is Carol Morris.  She was Miss Iowa, Miss America and, in 1956, Miss Universe.  Her speaking role is uncredited in the movie.  I have identified her as "Nurse 1" and added her to the IMDb listings for "The Monolith Monsters". 

Dr. Hendricks also has a 2nd nurse who is uncredited.  She is blonde and does not speak.  Can anyone help me identify the actress?

(I also made a small addition to the credit for Ezelle Poule.  Her part was previously listed simply as "Telephone Operator", when in point of fact her character is addressed as "Ethel" twice by actor William Flaherty, playing Police Chief Dan Corey.)

[I know - nobody but me gives a damn.]
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on May 25, 2015, 08:44:48 AM
Keep up the good work!  :)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 12, 2015, 05:48:50 PM
HA!

Finally completed my set of Lobby Cards today with No. 1 - Title Card;

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2927/14434279569_610677f56e_b.jpg)


Now if I can just find a nice Half-Sheet and the few missing Publicity Department photos...

Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 12, 2015, 06:09:53 PM
Congrats!

I can't remember. Is there a "B" Style HS? Universal usually had them, so probably.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 12, 2015, 06:12:58 PM
Congrats!

I can't remember. Is there a "B" Style HS? Universal usually had them, so probably.

Not aware of one.  The only half-sheet I know of is just a bigger version of the title card.


Anybody out there know of a 2nd version?
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 12, 2015, 06:19:10 PM
Not aware of one.  The only half-sheet I know of is just a bigger version of the title card.

Maybe the later movies didn't have them? All the Creature movies and This Island Earth had them. Can't specifically remember if the others did.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 12, 2015, 06:30:08 PM
Looks like everything up thru SHRINKING MAN had a B HS, but nothing after that.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 12, 2015, 08:10:39 PM
Looks like everything up thru SHRINKING MAN had a B HS, but nothing after that.

"The Monolith Monsters" must have been right on the cusp.

"The Incredible Shrinking Man" opened in New York in February of 1957 and received wide release in April.

Here is an April 16th letter from Grant Williams to what I think was the head of his fan club:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5719/22786333550_a3f294ce2e_b.jpg)
                                                                    (Click on picture for full-sized image.)

He thanks him for his kind remarks about "I.S.M." and mentions that "Monolith" should be released in August.  (In fact, it was not released until December.)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 12, 2015, 10:27:16 PM

Here is an April 16th letter from Grant Williams to what I think was the head of his fan club:


Cool letter! Do you own that?
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 12, 2015, 10:35:47 PM
Cool letter! Do you own that?

Yeah.  Another one of those things that went cheaply for opening bid.  It was listed as an "autograph" item.

I think bidders did not read the letter very carefully and were turned off by the fact that he did not sign his complete name.  Grant Williams autographs can go for fairly high prices sometimes.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 12, 2015, 10:38:30 PM
Another one of those things that went cheaply for opening bid.

My favorite kind of auction! ;D
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 12, 2015, 10:53:36 PM

This was the B version of the "The Incredible Shrinking Man" half-sheet:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/776/22788631330_a5c39e21cc_b.jpg)



This is the artwork for Ad Mat No.403:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5581/14911840275_50976b1db0_z.jpg)

I think that if a B version of the Half-Sheet were ever produced for "The Monolith Monsters", this is the design that would likely have been used.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 12, 2015, 11:49:13 PM
That's the A. This is the B.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img903/2084/4e17QH.jpg)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 13, 2015, 12:00:07 AM

Really?

Well, then maybe they did not do the "A" version of the Monolith Half-Sheet.

The only Half-Sheet I have ever seen for Monolith is almost identical to the No. 1 Lobby Card.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 13, 2015, 12:24:13 AM
Really?


Yep.

(http://imageshack.com/a/img905/4553/v9m5zB.jpg)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 13, 2015, 12:26:52 AM
Oh!

I never would have spotted that.  I just assumed that the most effective one was their A choice.

(One can never underestimate studio executives.)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 13, 2015, 12:32:12 AM
The only Half-Sheet I have ever seen for Monolith is almost identical to the No. 1 Lobby Card.

Universal's (and other studio's) "A" Style half sheets are almost always the same art as the title cards.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 13, 2015, 12:34:27 AM
I never would have spotted that.

You can just barely see it at that size!
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 13, 2015, 12:36:03 AM
This was the B version of the "The Incredible Shrinking Man" half-sheet:

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/776/22788631330_a5c39e21cc_b.jpg)



This is the artwork for Ad Mat No.403:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5581/14911840275_50976b1db0_z.jpg)

I think that if a B version of the Half-Sheet were ever produced for "The Monolith Monsters", this is the design that would likely have been used.


WAIT A MINUTE!

That IS the artwork that was used for the "A" version.

Now I don't know what the heck they would have used for any "B" version.

(I really need to get some sleep one of these days.)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 13, 2015, 12:43:14 AM
You can just barely see it at that size!

I never even realized that the posters were ever given A and B designations by the studio.  I thought those were assigned by dealers/collectors who wanted to catalog items.

(Makes sense that the studios also cataloged offerings for the theaters, publications, etc.)

Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 13, 2015, 12:46:35 AM

That IS the artwork that was used for the "A" version.


I checked the MM HS close up and there is no "A", or "B", so it's the only HS for that title.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 13, 2015, 12:48:37 AM
I checked the MM HS close up and there is no "A", or "B", so it's the only HS for that title.

I did the same after you showed me that close-up.

Too bad.  If they could have made as dramatic a "B"version for Monolith as they did for Shrinking, I would have had another item to search for.

At least I can save some money.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 13, 2015, 12:50:47 AM
I never even realized that the posters were ever given A and B designations by the studio.  I thought those were assigned by dealers/collectors who wanted to catalog items.

It was mostly for the theater owners to order which posters they wanted.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 08, 2016, 01:45:58 AM
This is a new addition to my collection:

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5327/30552558990_7091ee903b_b.jpg)
 57-495 - Promo - 1849-P04     -   Grant Williams
                                    (Click on picture to see larger image.)

This promotional still has been altered by the studio to promote “The Incredible Shrinking Man”, but it is obviously Promo P7 from “The Monolith Monsters”.

This lop-sided, copied print (stamped Feb. 1957 on the back) has been made with a snipe touting I.S.M. laid over the left hand side.

If you look closely, you will see that Grant Williams is wearing his costume from Monolith, some of the trouser wrinkles are missing from the center bottom of the picture where identifying lettering was printed over, and an obscured “P7" can just barely be made out in the bottom right corner - impossible to see in scan.

I would very much like to obtain an Original, Unaltered print of this promotional still. 

Until then, this confirms the previously unidentified image I am seeking.

(I hope to be adding something interesting about this time next week.)

Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 08, 2016, 10:18:24 AM
(I hope to be adding something interesting about this time next week.)

Cool! Did you ever get the HS?
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Hepcat on November 08, 2016, 10:41:14 AM
This is a new addition to my collection:

Well I think you should be getting many more.

 cl:)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 08, 2016, 10:59:47 AM
Well I think you should be getting many more.

Check the first 3 pages.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 08, 2016, 11:20:41 AM
Cool! Did you ever get the HS?

Nope, still looking.  Half-Sheets are strangely elusive.  I did have a chance at one, but it was in terrible condition.


Looking for these:


    Want the following ORIGINAL 1957 Stills in Excellent Condition:

             1849-20 - Have TV Promo Copy
             1849-26 - Have Yellowed Print

   
Also:

Publicity Department Photos:   1849-P02 - (Grant Williams)
                                              1849-P03 - Unknown Image) - This is the only image that remains a mystery.
                                              1849-P07 - (Grant Williams) - Have Altered Copy promoting "Incredible Shrinking Man"

Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 08, 2016, 12:01:13 PM
It's amazing that you have all but those few original stills! How many do you think you have?
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 08, 2016, 12:56:21 PM
It's amazing that you have all but those few original stills! How many do you think you have?

Well...

Off the top of my head:

8½ of the 10 Publicity Dept. Photos
11 Advertising Dept. Photos
33 Stills
Pressbook (source of all the ad cuts)
5 of 8 UK "Front of House" Stills
8 U.S. Lobby Cards
1 U.S. 27 x 41 1-Sheet Poster
1 U.S. 36 x 14 Insert
1 U.S. 14 x 22 Window Card
1 U.S. 10⅞ x 4 Coming Attractions Card
1 Australian 13 X 30 Daybill
1 Australian 27 x 41 1-Sheet Poster


A few autographed items, etc.


Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Mike Scott on November 08, 2016, 01:38:31 PM
"Front of House" stills are normally a set of 8, same as US LCs.

Window Cards are 14" x 22".
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 13, 2016, 08:36:13 PM
                  “MONOLITH” -  Screenplay, Second Draft, November 5, 1956.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5528/30968938075_0f0d8486d9_h.jpg)
                                            (Click on pictures to see larger images.)

Got this original screenplay a few days ago.  Just finished scanning the cover, the title sheet and the 92 numbered pages.  Now I am just slightly less nervous about dumping a glass of tea on it or setting it on fire.

This is either a file copy or was very quickly replaced with a Third Draft.  It is in wonderful condition.  Hard to believe it is 60 years old this month.

Printed under the working title “MONOLITH”, someone later hand printed the words “THE” and “MONSTERS” on either side in blue ink.  The same hand printed “Grant Williams” and “Lola Albright” in the top right corner of the Title Page.  There are no other hand notations in the Draft.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5829/30968933725_1c220e6540_h.jpg)

Curiously, each page has what appears to be the Production Number #446 on the top.  MM was released as 57/495.  Anyone know what movie was assigned 446?  (The closest I have been able to find is 56/447 which is “The Mole People”.)

At this point in the production, there are quite a few differences from the version that was released in December of 1957.

The setting here is near the Salton Sea.  There is no mention of a salt mine at all.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5707/30667361790_b98bc3efe7_h.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5584/30968925235_7eef6a5219_h.jpg)

The Second Draft includes a character named “Matt Baker”” who is Dave Miller’s boss who was eliminated from the final film.  Here Matt & Dave discover Ben Gilbert’s body together.  Martin Cochrane’s part was later expanded to deliver some of the absent Matt’s dialog in the released film. 

A character designated both “Surgeon” and “Chief Surgeon” was deleted from scenes with Dr. Steve Hendricks. 

A lot of minor business and unnecessary dialog was wisely cut from the final movie.

Farmer Joe Higgins, evacuating his farm, never makes it into Courthouse Square.  Instead he encounters Matt and Cochrane on the highway as they are going out to gather meteor fragments to experiment on.  (No one seems to remember there is already a ton of it back at the Field Office, where said experimentation is to take place.)

All the action in Courthouse Square is missing. No one else comes to town in a state of petrification, Dave Miller does not radio from a highway patrolman's car, etc.



The ending is very different.


There is no “Bobby”, the newsboy, so that whole scene is deleted.  Also, no evacuation notices are printed - so the “Printer” is missing.  Instead, there was to be a lengthy montage of Ethel and two helpers calling everyone in town and people frantically packing up and leaving town.

Cathy Barrett's character is more consequential.  She provides helpful insight in a few plot turning points.  These insights are taken away from her and assigned to others in the final version.


The Big Resolution did not involve blowing up a dam.  Instead, Ethel was re-enlisted to call all the neighboring towns’ fire departments and tanker trucking companies.  There would have been numerous shots of enlisting anything that could haul water from the Salton Sea, such as oil tankers, milk tankers, street sprinklers - anything.  (This and the evacuation montage would likely have been made up largely of stock footage.)


That pretty much sums up what I gleaned from a first read-through.


I will let the last two pages speak for themselves.  See if you have the same “Hey, that’s an interesting idea.” reaction to Page 91 - and the same “Dummy, you just stepped on your own punch line!” reaction to Page 92.

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5781/30667347920_354cb819a4_h.jpg)

(https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5720/30968914415_db9010e5c6_h.jpg)



How could they trample all over a great last line like the innocent: "Look... a falling star."?   -   (Shades of "Invaders From Mars" and an incredible opening for a possible sequel.)

Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on November 15, 2018, 05:08:17 PM
For anyone interested in copying the pictures posted in this thread:

All illustrations here are of items in my personal collection.


I have since upgraded a few yellowed pictures with nice clear B&W prints and replaced a TV promotional copy with a nice original studio photo.  I didn't bother to mess up the chronology of my original post by deleting the first pictures from Flickr.  I just moved them to another album.

All the best examples can be found in alphabetical order in my MONOLITH MONSTERS Album under my Flickr name "monstersforsale".  All 8x10 photos are copied at 300 dpi - nearly all with original studio snipes.  Feel free to duplicate and use as you wish.


Still looking for these:

Publicity Department Photos:   1849-P02 - (Grant Williams)
                                              1849-P03 - Unknown Image) - This is the only image that remains a mystery.
                                              1849-P07 - (Grant Williams) - Have Altered Copy promoting "Incredible Shrinking Man"



Also:
                                             Half Sheet Poster
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on January 30, 2019, 11:53:13 PM

I hope Shout?Scream Factory also decides to do a nice Blu-Ray of Monolith Monsters for us.

Does anyone here know how I can get a message to Tom Weaver?  I would like to tell him that he can use any and all of my stills and my copy of the complete early draft of the script for any commentary or bonus materials - no charge whatsoever.

I am not on Facebook.  Hope someone has an e-mail for him.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Hepcat on January 31, 2019, 10:16:52 AM
How did you come to know of Tom Weaver's interest if he hasn't contacted you?

 ???



Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on January 31, 2019, 10:20:33 AM
How did you come to know of Tom Weaver's interest if he hasn't contacted you?

 ???

I don't know.  He is just doing commentaries for a lot of the Shout BLU's.  Thought I'd give it a try.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Hepcat on January 31, 2019, 10:41:18 AM
I don't mind people reposting pictures from my collection on other sites either, so long that is as they mention that the items are from the collection of Hepcat.

 :)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: GaryP11111 on March 26, 2019, 05:12:55 AM
I hope Shout?Scream Factory also decides to do a nice Blu-Ray of Monolith Monsters for us.

Does anyone here know how I can get a message to Tom Weaver?  I would like to tell him that he can use any and all of my stills and my copy of the complete early draft of the script for any commentary or bonus materials - no charge whatsoever.

I am not on Facebook.  Hope someone has an e-mail for him.


I’m a friend of Tom Weaver’s and he’s very interested in the use of your Monolith Monsters script. Please message me and I’ll get you in contact with him. Thanks!

Gary L. Prange
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 26, 2019, 09:38:33 AM

I’m a friend of Tom Weaver’s and he’s very interested in the use of your Monolith Monsters script. Please message me and I’ll get you in contact with him. Thanks!

Gary L. Prange

Personal Message sent - Check you e-mail.
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 26, 2019, 10:10:20 AM
For any die-hards out there who care about such things, here is an update on the pictured actors in this still:

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7358/15810287964_be11cd9579_c.jpg)

The previously unidentified young lady playing Dr. Henricks'  brunette nurse is Carol Morris.  She was Miss Iowa, Miss America and, in 1956, Miss Universe.  Her speaking role is uncredited in the movie.  I have identified her as "Nurse 1" and added her to the IMDb listings for "The Monolith Monsters". 

Dr. Hendricks also has a 2nd nurse who is uncredited.  She is blonde and does not speak.  Can anyone help me identify the actress?

(I also made a small addition to the credit for Ezelle Poule.  Her part was previously listed simply as "Telephone Operator", when in point of fact her character is addressed as "Ethel" twice by actor William Flaherty, playing Police Chief Dan Corey.)

[I know - nobody but me gives a damn.]

I've since seen Carol Morris on either "What's My Line?" or "I've got a Secret"  (You can find it on YouTube) where she states that part of her beauty contest winnings was a 6 month contract with Universal.  On the back of one of her stills for "Man of a Thousand Faces" the studio states that she was given a one year contract.  I tend to believe her.  It would have been much more important to her than Universal.
___________________________________________________________________________________________

EDIT:

Got in contact with Tom Weaver.  He sent me this correction:

I haven't read the entire UMA thread on MONOLITH but I see the photo of the girl in the iron lung and Grant and Lola and the nurse, but (skimming the post) I see the name Carol Morris. Carol Morris is the nurse in the scene where the little girl rallies and they start to take her out of the iron lung. The UMA photo is from an earlier scene where the kid is in a bad way, and the nurse in THAT photo is Laurie Mitchell, the Queen of Outer Space.

Always happy to get the straight dope from someone more informed than me.  -  THANKS!
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: StyreneDude on March 27, 2019, 02:36:07 AM
Monolith Monsters officially arrives on Blu-Ray June 18th!

(https://i.postimg.cc/zfy9rZyy/MMbr.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/SXpZ6P74)
Title: Re: THE MONOLITH MONSTERS - Gallery
Post by: Monsters For Sale on March 27, 2019, 03:11:20 AM
Monolith Monsters officially arrives on Blu-Ray June 18th!... 

Tom Weaver has been asked by Shout to do a Commentary.
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Post by: ChristineBCW on April 01, 2019, 08:23:41 AM
Will SHOUT include a page-by-page version of that 2nd-draft script?  That's an incredible find, by the way. 

When that original ULTIMATE SCI FI COLLECTION came out as a Best Buy exclusive, all of those films were so crisp but MONOLITH was easily my favorite.  And a completely new-to-me film, too.  It remains one of those films that needs more big-screen festival showings.

I haven't checked the IMBD page - have the many actor-credits been updated?  Back in 2006 or 2007, when I checked again (I think this was when the combo collection DVD set was released), there were a lot of 'characters' that remained unlisted.  It's great to see so many names attached to the supporting cast.
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Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 01, 2019, 09:39:58 AM
Will SHOUT include a page-by-page version of that 2nd-draft script?  That's an incredible find, by the way. … 


All I know is I made it available.

My hunch that it is a rare item was confirmed.
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Post by: Mike Scott on April 01, 2019, 10:51:25 AM
I assume there are later/final draft scripts available. Do you have one?
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Post by: Monsters For Sale on April 01, 2019, 11:43:45 AM
I assume there are later/final draft scripts available. Do you have one?

No.  Not aware of any.

I was told even Universal doesn't have any early drafts.  (Guess nobody but me actually loves this little movie.)  There is a site somewhere that has slavishly copied down the dialog from many finished movies.  Maybe they did MM, too.

I'm really looking forward to Scream's Blu-Ray in June.
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Post by: Mike Scott on April 01, 2019, 12:34:42 PM
No.  Not aware of any.

Really! That is interesting!
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Post by: Hepcat on April 02, 2019, 11:37:37 AM
No.  Not aware of any.

I was told even Universal doesn't have any early drafts.  (Guess nobody but me actually loves this little movie.)

I like it! As I think I've mentioned previously, The Monolith Monsters is perhaps my earliest drive-in movie memory which we saw with friends of the family at one of London's three or four drive-in theatres at the time.

(https://monstergirl.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/cm-capture-7.gif?w=490&h=361)

It was really frightening!

 hmjfym