FIRE MAIDENS FROM OUTER SPACE and SNOW CREATURE Original or Reissue daybills

24 May 2018 | Added by John Reid

The artwork on original Movie Posters can sometimes be very disappointing and this can occasionally lead collectors to mistakenly believe that some posters are reissues when, in fact, they are originals. Fire Maidens from Outer Space and The Snow Creature are two examples of daybills where the art is less than impressive and similar in style to some posters that are described as "second printings". However, it is likely that both posters are for the original release for the following reasons:

  • No other version of daybill has been seen before for these films and it is probable that this is the only version that was printed.
  • Both films were "B" grade at best and it is likely that they did not warrant a full colour daybill.
  • The printers details are clearly shown at the bottom of the poster "F.Cunninghame". In the case of second printings of daybills, the printers name is usually not shown.
  • F.Cunninghame Printers stopped printing movie posters in the late 1950s indicating that these posters would have been printed for the first Australian release.
  • The films were released through IFD (Indepenent Film Distributors) and the logo is clearly shown on the daybills.

American posters for these films are full colour and featured spectacular artwork so collectors would hope that the corresponding daybills would be equally impressive. However these posters are the only daybills that have been seen for these 1950s Sci Fi films - both very rare, despite the ordinary graphic art.

 

Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956)
Fire Maidens from Outer Space (original title)
Director: Cy Roth
Writer: Cy Roth
Stars: Anthony Dexter, Susan Shaw, Paul Carpenter

 
A team of astronauts lands on a moon of Jupiter to find it populated with beautiful young women looking for mates. An old man explains to the explorers the group's story, as well as the moon's dangers.

 

The Snow Creature (1954)
Director: W. Lee Wilder
Writer: Myles Wilder (story and screenplay)
Stars: Paul Langton, Leslie Denison, Teru Shimada

 
American botanical expedition in the Himalayas stumbles across a Yeti den, capture one and transport it back to Los Angeles, where it escapes while customs officials are debating whether it is animal or human.

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