Friday, November 3, 2017

Flashing Eyes in a Giant Karloff

Universal Weekly, January  21, 1933:

"The Mummy took New York by Storm."

"Bob Sisk and Terry Turner of RKO, realizing the big box-office possibilities of the picture, gave it a very flashy front. The display reached from the side-walk to the very top of the Mayfair Theatre building.

"The giant banner and the solid wall display built over the top of the marquee were carried out in weird colors with yellows, greens and purples predominating.

"Two massive heads of Karloff were set in front of the wall display. The eyes were cut out and pasted over with glazed cloth. Dimmer light attachments were hooked up to these eyes  and flashed them up and down with stunning effect. Because of the nature of the Karloff make-up in this picture, theeye display held everyone's attention."

Since 1996, “legendary theatre historian”, Cezar Del Valle has been presenting a popular series of theatre talks and walks. Currently accepting bookings for historical societies, libraries, senior centers, etc.

He has also joined with Local Expeditions to present a series of walking tours.

Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, a three-volume history of borough theatres. The first two chosen 2010 OUTSTANDING BOOK OF THE YEAR by the Theatre Historical Society. Final volume published in September 2014.

Currently editing and updating the third edition of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, Volume I.

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