Classic Movie Poster Gallery
Godzilla King of the Monsters is the heavily re-edited American 1956 adaptation of the Japanese film Gojira, originally produced by Toho Studios in 1954, which had previously been shown subtitled in the United States in Japanese community theaters only, and was not released in Europe. For the American version, some of the political, social, and anti-nuclear themes and overtones were removed, resulting in 16 minutes of footage cut from the original Japanese version and replaced with new footage shot exclusively for the film’s North American release, featuring Canadian actor Raymond Burr playing the lead role of American journalist Steve Martin, from whose perspective the film is told, mainly through flashbacks and narration.
Of note, Godzilla King of the Monsters was the first post-World War II film to present Japanese people in heroic roles or as sympathetic victims of the destruction of Tokyo to the American public in a commercial release given A-picture status and bookings.
This poster is the U.S. One-sheet style for the 1956 release and I simply love ti for it’s comic book sensibilities and over-top melodrama:
Incredible, Unstoppable Titan of Terror
Civilization Crumbles as its death rays blast a city of 6 million from the face of the earth
Mightiest Melodrama of them all!
Who could have known that 61 years after the release of the original Toho film in Japan that Godzilla would still be the King of the Monsters and as viable commercially at the box office as in the mid-1950s.
All Hail, Godzilla! King of the Monsters!
Enjoy this 1956 theatrical trailer for Godzilla, King of the Monsters:
This poster is always in high demand and the only current auction I found while writing this article was on Heritage Auctions. They are offering a folded, Fine/Very Fine copy and estimate it will sell for $2,000 to $4,000. Since the current bid is $1,000 with 17 days yet to go in the auction, their estimate is probably low.