A Bela Lugosi cane used in Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space
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A Bela Lugosi cane used in Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space
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A Bela Lugosi cane used in Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space A Bela Lugosi cane used in Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space
A Bela Lugosi cane used in Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space
Faux-bamboo wood cane with carved head and metal tip. Accompanied by a copy of the film. This cane belonged to actor Bela Lugosi during his final years, when ultra-low-budget filmmaker Edward D. Wood, Jr. famously befriended the nearly-forgotten horror star and cast him in his films. Shortly before Lugosi's death, Wood filmed a few minutes of silent, improvised footage of the actor outside of Lugosi's house and elsewhere. Lugosi died in 1956, but in 1959, Wood worked Lugosi's short scenes posthumously into what became his most notorious film, Plan 9 from Outer Space, with the actor receiving top billing on the film's advertisements. In the film, Lugosi appears as an elderly widower walking with this cane, and as the Dracula-like "Ghoul Man" that character becomes. This cane eventually wound up in the legendary collection of editor/collector Forrest J. Ackerman, who was acquainted with both Lugosi and Wood. Ignored in his own lifetime, Ed Wood's films eventually gained a massive cult following. In his 1994 film Ed Wood, director Tim Burton recreated Wood (Johnny Depp) filming those improvised scenes with Lugosi (Martin Landau), who is seen holding a reproduction of this cane.
Provenance: Guernsey's, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: The World of Forrest J. Ackerman at Auction, December 12-13, 1987, lot E5.
Length: 35 1/4 in.
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