Classic Movie Poster Gallery
Valley of Gwangi (Warner Brothers, 1969) 27″ x 41″ U.S. One-Sheet
Poster art by renowned western artist Frank McCarthy who has an impressive movie poster resume that includes such minor works as The Ten Commandments, Thunderball and The Green Berets.
I highly recommend you click on the image above to enlarge it and spend some time looking at the incredible level of detail in McCarthy’s painting. The juxtaposition of the larger-than-life Gwangi against the hordes of battling’ cowboys and fleeing civilians against the backdrop of a dinosaur boneyard is simply awesome.
Filmed in Technicolor with creature effects provided by Ray Harryhausen. Valley of Gwangi was the last dinosaur-themed film to be animated by Harryhausen, who had inherited the project from his mentor Willis O’Brien. O’Brien had planned to make The Valley of Gwangi decades earlier but died six years before the film was realized.
The story follows a similar trajectory as O’Brien’s King Kong with the giant beast being captured by greedy men who plan to make a fortune displaying him to the public, only to have the dinosaur break free from his cage and send the masses running for their lives from the rampaging beast.
The poster copy sums this movie up perfectly:
Cowboys Battle Monsters in the Lost World of Forbidden Valley.
The discovery of a midget horse, thought to be of a species fifty million years old, prompts members of a Wild West show to venture into Mexico’s Forbidden Valley in search of world-wide fame and untold wealth. But they are met by prehistoric monsters, including “Gwangi,” a giant Allosaurus that decimates their ranks.
Here’s the film trailer for your viewing pleasure:
High-grade copies of this poster are usually priced between $400-$500 but better deals can be found. The combination of Frank McCarthy‘s gorgeous art for a Ray Harryhausen dinosaur vs cowboys flick make this a poster that will continue to be desirable for collectors and genre fans for a long, long time.
Several current listings on eBay range in price from $150 to $500 with a Near Mint copy priced at $495.
Dinosaurs fighting cowboys. Lost Worlds inside Forbidden Valleys. Brought to life in stunning Technicolor by the master Dynamation, Ray Harryhausen… It’s the stuff of Monster Kids’ dreams. What can I say about this movie without sounding all gushy? Nothing, so I might as well gush. I simply love this movie, flaws and all. And I love the movie poster almost as much as I love the film. ‘Nuff said.