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    Bela Lugosi Signed Letter (c. 1931-1932). A one-page typewritten letter, undated, from Lugosi to a newspaper reporter, signed by the horror movie icon in black ink. In full: "It gives me great pleasure to write you a letter and thank you for that photograph you inserted in the Springfield Sunday Republican. It is always with a sense of gratification that I go through your section in the Republican as Teddy McDonald sends it on to me. I just know that you enjoyed 'Dracula' and I know you will certainly get a great thrill out of watching me work in 'Murders in the Rue Morgue'." Released in February 1932, Murders in the Rue Morgue was Lugosi's first film after his breakthrough success in Dracula. This film was provided as compensation for Lugosi and director Robert Florey after both were dropped from Frankenstein the year before. Lugosi had been cast as Dr. Frankenstein, and Florey was the original choice for director. Lugosi was recast as the monster, a role he famously turned down, and Florey was soon fired and replaced by James Whale. The letter is in Fine to Very Fine condition with mailing creases that run through the signature, toning along the edges, and mild handling wear. Accompanied by James Spence Authentication auction LOA.

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