|The picture below shows a larger view of these (2) Unused 1955 Tarantula Monster Movie Ad Mat Molds. The ad mats are not dated but they are from the 1955 movie. These are molds in which lead is poured to create a thin metal negative image that is then mounted on a wooden block for printing. Advertising is no longer being made or printed like this.|
The ad mats are like miniature 3-D posters and would look nice framed, or you could still use them and make print blocks from them. The print block would have been used to print on movie pages in newspapers, in magazines, or in the movie theater programs. It is made of a thick compressed paper board.
The top admat has a movie scene image of the Tarantula and the bottom one has the movie advertising with the image of a giant Tarantula tearing up a city. There are buildings falling and people running for their lives.There are two inset images. One is of a Scientist in a laboratory and the other is of U.S. Air Force Pilots running for their jets. The two admats are marked as follows:
CRAWLING TERROR 100 FEET HIGH!
BULLETS WON'T STOP IT!
DYNAMITE CAN'T KILL IT!
EVERY LIVING THING FLEES
BEFORE THE TERROR OF ITS GIANT POISON FANGS
- AND CRUSHING CLAWS OF DEATH!
AIR FORCE ATTACKS!
STARRING JOHN AGAR - MARA CORDAY - LEO G. CARROLL
WITH NESTOR PAIVA - ROSS ELLIOTT
DIRECTED BY JACK ARNOLD
SCEENPLAY BY ROBERT M. FRESCO AND MARTIN BERKELEY
PRODUCED BY WILLIAM ALLAND
A UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL PICTURE
UNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL (logo)
THEATRE MAT NO.206
AD MAT NO. 206 - 2 COL. x 8-3/4'' - 245 LINES
The two ad mats together measure about 4-3/4'' x 13-1/8''. The bottom one is in mint unused condition. The top one has a water spot in the upper right corner as pictured. Below here, for reference, is a cast list from the 1955 movie:
John Agar - Dr. Matt Hastings
Mara Corday - Stephanie 'Steve' Clayton
Leo G. Carroll - Professor Gerald Deemer
Nestor Paiva - Sheriff Jack Andrews
Ross Elliott - Joe Burch
Edwin Rand - Lt. John Nolan
Raymond Bailey - Townsend
Hank Patterson - Josh
Bert Holland - Barney Russell
Steve Darrell - Andy Andersen
Dee Carroll - Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing - Second Tramp (uncredited)
Don Dillaway - Jim Bagny (uncredited)
Clint Eastwood - Jet Squadron Leader (uncredited)
Jane Howard - Coed Secretary (uncredited)
James Hyland - Trooper Grayson (uncredited)
Tom London - Jeff (1st Tramp) (uncredited)
Bob Nelson - State Trooper (uncredited)
Eddie Parker - Paul Lund / Eric Jacobs (uncredited)
Ray Quinn - State Trooper (uncredited)
Vernon Rich - Ridley (uncredited)
Bing Russell - Deputy (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson - Warehouseman (uncredited)
Jack Stoney - Helper (uncredited)
Stuart Wade - Maj. Vernon (scenes deleted) (uncredited)
Billy Wayne - Murphy (uncredited)
Rusty Wescoatt - Driver (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe - Bus Driver (uncredited)