Wednesday, November 10, 2004

GET A PIECE OF JOHNNY: Something we never knew about Johnny Ramone: He collected classic movie posters. Now that he's gone, of course, the collection is a bit superfluous so his estate is auctioning off the lot. There are apparently 125 on offer, dating back as far as a 1931 production of Frankenstein. That's the one where Bela Lugosi was offered first the role of Frankenstein, then was switched to playing the monster; only he went off in a huff when he realised that the monster didn't have any dialogue. He was replaced by Boris Karloff, who became the first man to play Frankenstein's monster with bolts through the neck. None of this detail appears on the poster.