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Sunday, 2 February 2014

Brett's Movie Magazines #1: Film Weekly, March 10th 1933

I came by this issue of Film Weekly as part of a pile of vintage magazines given to me by my mother-in-law, Christmas 2012. I found all of them extremely fascinating (especially the old adverts), but for a lifelong fan of monster movies such as I, this particular magazine was easily the cream of the crop.

Why? The clue is in the date and the headline on the cover—'New "Shudder" from Hollywood'. What was the biggest and scariest thing to come out of Tinseltown that year? King Kong, of course!

In the centre of this issue is an exclusive spread about a new prehistoric monster movie starring Fay Wray, Robert Armstrong and a giant ape that is worshipped as a god by a tribe of savages. Sounds good doesn't it? The article gives a brief synopsis and goes on to say that the film's reconstructions of the brontosaurus, the pterodactyl and other primeval monsters open a new chapter in the history of film-making. They weren't wrong!

The question is 'What do I do with the magazine other than shove it back into a box?'. Would framing it open on this spread be a wise move?

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