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    Willis O'Brien Signed Photo from The Lost World . A fascinating portrait of Willis O'Brien, posing a model stegosaurus before a camera and against a scale backdrop for 1925's The Lost World. O'Brien has written "To my friend Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Success to 'The Lost World' Willis H. O'Brien." In the world of Hollywood special effects, O'Brien, of course, is peerless - the man who gave life to King Kong and Son of Kong (both 1933) and won a Special Effects Oscar for Mighty Joe Young (1949). Mastering special effects in movies since 1915, O'Brien truly made Hollywood and all the world sit up and take notice with his work on The Lost World, which eventually led to the challenge of making King Kong the Eighth Wonder of the World. O'Brien would continue his superb effects for such films as The Black Scorpion (1957) and, of course, worked his magic again on the 1960 version of The Lost World. The 8x10 photo has larger borders to create an 11 x14 effect, with the name of the photographer, James N. Doolittle, on the lower right border. The image of a young O'Brien, doing what he did so brilliantly and with so much Hollywood history in his future, is spellbinding, and the Conan Doyle connection contributes to the overall impact. This one's a stunner! Excellent condition.

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    April, 2006
    14th-15th Friday-Saturday
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