Bela Lugosi is one of the most iconic actors in horror movie history, and fans even today recognize the greatness of his work. For any fans of Lugosi, we have a treat for you.
Here at Screenbid, we’re auctioning off tons of rare images from classic horror movies that were collected by famed film critic and historian David Del Valle. These images include some of the most iconic movies and actors from the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s. And one of the best image collections in the auction feature the great Bela Lugosi.
Lugosi became famous for playing Count Dracula in 1931, and was offered the role as Frankenstein’s monster in a movie coming out that same year. But Lugosi turned down the role because it was a non-speaking part. But in 1943, Lugosi accepted the role as Frankenstein’s monster in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. It was Lugosi’s only performance as the actual monster.
As part of the Del Valle collection, we’re auctioning off images taken from the set of Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man. These rare images show Lugosi in his only performance as the iconic horror monster.
In the original version of the movie, Lugosi’s Monster actually had lines of dialogue. But when the film was shown to test audiences, people didn’t like the monster speaking throughout the movie, and the studio re-edited the movie to remove Lugosi’s dialogue. However, you can still spot scenes in the movie where Lugosi moves his mouth, clearly talking, but no words are heard.
These images give some rare glimpses at what it must’ve been like to be with Lugosi on that set.