Starring Richard Carlson – known for playing Dr Reed i Creature From the Black Lagoon. Directed by Curt Sidomak and Herbert L. Strock.
“Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner Dan Forbes are sent to a local hardware store where they find a strong magnetic field has magnetized every metal item in the store. Investigating further, they eventually trace the source of the magnetism to an airborn flight carrying scientist Howard Denker, now dying of radiation poisoning, who has carted on board with him a new radioactive element which he has bombarded with alpha particles for 200 hours. The element, dubbed ‘serranium’ grows geometrically by creating matter out of energy which it absorbs from metallic objects surrounding it. Stewart calculates that if the substance is not destroyed soon that within 24 hours or so it will have grown large enough to throw Earth out of its orbit.” – Doug Sederberg IMDb
While the film was a b&w B-movie, the poster is in glorious 1950s colour. The poster is part of a large stash of United Artists posters stored in the shop basement since 1967. It has never been displayed and beyond the odd edge nick and handling crease is in fantastic condition, Undisplayed : no significant tears, no pin holes, no significant creases, no fading – especially in the red !
Quad Poster (quadruple crown) measures 30 x 40 inches (approx 76cm x 101.5cm), They are usually landscape in design, opposed to US One sheets that are portrait. They were not for sale to the public and were distributed to cinemas for display – usually folded not rolled. They were supposed to be returned to the distributor, who destroyed them hence their rarity. Any in circulation were either given away to cinema goers after the film run or collected and sold on instead of being destroyed.