Thursday, January 7, 2010

Monster PSA: Fredric March

Since we're still catching up on the "Hot Seat" portraits for Time Out New York, I thought I'd slot in one more Monster PSA poster for today (as you might have guessed, I cranked out a lot of these during the last months of 2009!).

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the one horror icon that Universal never got around to doing during their hot streak of the 30s and 40s, which was too bad--the mind reels at the idea of what Universal's take on this material might have been.

Maybe the reason they never did it is because the 1932 version, starring Fredric March (in an Oscar-winning performance), was a huge hit, critically and financially, and even though there was a 1941 remake (with Spencer Tracy, no less), it's March's version that remains the most famous.

I've always liked Fredric March, and even though he's not as remembered in the same way as Tracy, Bogart, Cooper, and other contemporaries of his, he has a remarkable filmography, and he kept going, giving great performances, all the way into the 1970s.

The tag line comes from an interview I once read with actor Sam Neill, who simply said that he thought that if he kept doing good work, the "career" part would take care of itself. That's a sentiment I thought Fredric March would wholeheartedly endorse.

Note: Some of you have been nice enough to purchase some items from my Zazzle store that feature these Monster PSA images.

Unfortunately, someone at Zazzle got concerned that I was selling t-shirts and mugs featuring famous, unlicensed faces (as if the family of Myrna Loy gives a damn about someone out there selling a mug with her face on it, from a movie she did over 70 years ago), and asked me to take all that material down.

So while I don't plan to stop creating new Monster PSA posters, sadly this will now be the only place you'll be able to see them.

1 comment:

Sean Tiffany said...

Stupid Zazzle! Beaten down by the "man" once again!

Makes you wonder some days why you try at all...

But, keep it up! You're doing great! Keep doing good work and your career will take care of itself!

Words to live by.