Creature from the Black Lagoon One-Sheet Movie Poster

Classic Movie Poster – Creature from the Black Lagoon

Classic Movie Posters

Creature from the Black Lagoon One-Sheet Movie Poster

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, Universal ) U.S. One-Sheet (27 x 41)

The Gill Man swam into theaters in 1954 and has since joined the ranks of the classic Universal monsters alongside Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster and the Wolf Man.  This classic film was originally released in 3-D and featured groundbreaking underwater photography.  The creature was performed on land by Ben Chapman and underwater by champion swimmer Ricou Browning, who had to hold his breath for up to four minutes while shooting scenes.

While The Creature from the Black Lagoon was originally released in in dual-strip 35mm polarized 3-D, and the listing of 3-D posters in the pressbook, they were never issued.  The only original poster to have 3-D text actually printed on it was the 14×22 window card.  Universal sent “Underwater Thrills in 3-D” snipes for the other posters:

3-D-Poster-Snipe

This is an actual snipe that was included along with a one-sheet poster in a recent offering by  Heritage Auctions. These snipes were rarely used so most of the one-sheets found today do not have the snipes on them.

Here’s what the one-sheet looks like with the snipe:

Creature from the Black Lagoon One-Sheet 3-D Snipe

Take a look at this incredible image from Universal’s 1954 press book courtesy of the wonderful site 3DFilmArchive.com

Universal Pressbook Creature from the Black Lagoon 1954

The one-sheet poster is one of the rarest and most sought after movie posters of the 1950s.  The poster art was done by Albert Kallis who was also responsible for almost all the posters of Roger Corman‘s B-movies in the 1950s, including It Conquered the WorldWar of the Colossal Beast and many, many more.   Kallis was born of Russian immigrant parents, co-founded IHOP (yep, the House of Pancakes) and created some of the greatest genre movie posters of the 1950s.  If you don’t know much about this guy, I highly recommend his autobiography:

Living the Gift of Time

Here’s the 1954 theatrical trailer for The Creature from the Black Lagoon:

Poster Value

As with most Creature collectibles, paper from this classic monster movie is highly sought after and comes with a  correspondingly high price tag.  A copy in Very Fine condition sold for $20,315 in Heritage Auctions Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction in July 2015.

The Creature returned to the theater multiple times over the next 20 years, and movie posters for these return showings are much less expensive than the original 1954 release.

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2 thoughts on “Classic Movie Poster – Creature from the Black Lagoon”

    1. Wow! That would be amazing if it is an original poster. You should know that these movie posters have been reprinted many times over the years for resale so your question is a very important one. So, how to figure out if yours is real: in the 1950s, most posters were sent to theaters folded, so there would be creases from folding. Also, the paper being over 60 years old will most likely be yellowing in spots. Also, there would be small studio legal information that would be of the era and more than just “copyright Universal Studios” Also reproductions will look more like a photocopy and may not be

      You’ll want to have an expert take a look. Depending on where you live, you might have an antique or collectibles dealer who specializes in vintage film posters. Do a local google search and see what comes up. Otherwise, there are several film poster auction sites out there, some of them will provide free authentication for your poster while many will charge a fee. Here’s an article that will give you a lot of helpful tips: https://www.cinemasterpieces.com/cinearticles.htm#tell

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