Smiley Derleth

Smiley Derleth

Posted on 06/02/2014


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Monster Old Maid Set

Monster Old Maid Set
There's a pair of each card in the set, except for the Old Maid.

From 1964

Matt Carroll, Alan Mays, chris baker, forever is a long time and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


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Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
They were for actual card-game play. I didn't mention it, but these are over-sized cards, and they would seem very large for small children -- about 3.5 inches by 5.75 inches. (8.89 cm by 14.605 cm).
3 years ago.
Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
An odd fact about this set of Universal monsters is that they include a few British Hammer versions of the characters depicted. Oliver Reed's werewolf from Hammer's Curse of the Werewolf appears twice here (cards 9 and 16). And the Old Maid is from Hammer's 1960 Brides of Dracula. Card 7 shows Hammer's version of The Phantom, portrayed by Herbert Lom during the early '60s.

This sets Teen-age Werewolf is from Universal's 1935 pre-Wolfman lycanthropy film, Werewolf of London.

Card 9, 17 and 19 each bear images of James Cagney's Man of a Thousand Faces versions of Lon Chaney Sr.'s immortal Phantom and Hunchback (and 9, at least, appears to be from a poster or publicity illustration for that film).

Lon Chaney Jr.'s Wolfman is called werewolf here; Oliver Reed's Werewolf is called Wolfman.
3 years ago. Edited 3 years ago.
Smiley Derleth
Smiley Derleth
Thank you, Angelica.
3 years ago.
forever is a long time
forever is a long ti…
I always liked the Hammer vampire movies.
Christopher Lee was a way underrated Dracula.
Plus I dug the whole sexy vampire chick thing.
I never knew Oliver Reed ever played Wolfman.
Have you ever seen him in Ken Russel's The Devils?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Devils_%28film%29
A must see.
3 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to forever is a long ti…
Thanks, forever. I agree with you, Christopher Lee was a supertough Dracula. I remember one startling scene where they have just staked him. He wakes with a gasp and proceeds to wrestle the stake out of his own chest before he attacks the would-be vampire killers! You never saw a scene like that in any American vampire film back then. I like Ken Russell, and I have wanted to see The Devils, but I never have. (Brides of Dracula is a pretty neat film, and in that really saturated Hammer color.)
3 years ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
Friendly monsters !!! I love Lady Bride of Franckenstein !
3 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Nylonbleu
Thanks, nylonbleu. She's one of my favorites too!
3 years ago.
Alan Mays
Alan Mays
A great set of cards!
3 years ago.
Smiley Derleth has replied to Alan Mays
Thank you, Alan!
3 years ago.