Glenn Strange and Boris Karloff

      “A couple of my amateur movies featured professional character actors famous for their roles in horror, science fiction and Western movies and serials of the 1930s through 1950s. The Adventures of the Spirit guest-starred Glenn Strange as Frankenstein’s Monster. Glenn was already familiar with the role, having played it already in three Universal movies – House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945) and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) – as well as in various TV shows and live personal appearances. The cast of Superman vs. the Gorilla Gang included Roy Barcroft and Kenne Duncan, usually bad guys in countless serials and feature films. Roy also starred as the titled Martian in the Republic serial The Purple Monster Strikes (1945), an inspiration for my own Spy Smasher vs. the Purple Monster. Pictured here are these actors as they appeared in films before getting involved in ‘Democracy Pictures’ humble productions.
      “In addition to guest ‘stars,’ some of my old movies – i.e. The Adventures of the Spirit, Captain America vs. the Mutant, Wrath of the Sun Demon and Rocketman Flies Again -- also featured ‘guest costumes and props’ that were originally made for real movies and TV shows, most of them courtesy of Bob Burns (he being more of an integral part of some of my films rather than merely a ‘guest star’). Seen here are some of those costumes and props in the films for which they were originally made – e.g., Dick Purcell’s Star-Spangled suit from Republic’s Captain America serial, the silver-headed cane from The Wolf Man, Robert Clarke’s rubber mask from The Hideous Sun Demon, a mask made (and given to Bob Burns) by Jack Pierce, made for Lon Chaney, Jr. in The Mummy's Curse, a raygun prop from the Space Patrol TV show, the alien transmitter made by Paul Blaisdell for Not of This Earth, an alien bat made by Blaisdell for It Conquered the World, one of Blaisdell's alien heads from Invasion of the Saucer-Men, a rocketship model made by Blaisdell based on the one in Destination Moon, Bob Burns' movie- and TV-appearing 'Mad Mummy' character and Shock Theater (Houston) werewolf, as well as the famous ‘Rocket Man’ helmet from King of the Rocket Men (1949), Radar Men from the Moon (1952, pictured) and Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952).”

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