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Faint Check, Asylum of Horrors Show with Frankenstein, Brockton, Massachusetts, July 24, 1951 | by Alan Mays
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Faint Check, Asylum of Horrors Show with Frankenstein, Brockton, Massachusetts, July 24, 1951

This is a "faint check" used to promote the "Asylum of Horrors" shows held in Brockton, Massachusetts, on July 24, 1951. I suppose the idea was that you could record your name and address on it so that the ambulance knew where to drop you off when you fainted dead away after seeing Frankenstein and the other scary parts of the show.

 

Although the shows in Brockton were scheduled for day and evening times, Asylum of Horrors was known as one of the "Midnight Spook Shows" held in theaters before midnight movies like the Rocky Horror Picture Show became popular in the 1970s.

 

When this particular show moved on to Lowell, Massachusetts, later that same month, it reverted to a late-night schedule, according to an announcement in a local newspaper: "Dr. Silkini's 'Asylum of Horror' will play a special midnight 'in person' stage show on next Saturday night [August 4, 1951]. The stage show features the Frankenstein monster, star of many thriller movies, in person" (Lowell Sun, Sunday, July 29, 1951, p. 38).

 

For an earlier show, see Asylum of Horrors Show Ticket, Strand Theatre, York, Pa., Nov. 20, 1949.

 

For another example of a faint check, see Todd Franklin's "Faint Check" from Revenge of the Creature.

 

Faint Check

 

Name ________

Address ________

Kindly fill out this card and keep on your person in case you faint when you see

 

FRANKENSTEIN

On Stage • In Person

in

"Asylum of Horrors"

Brockton Theatre, Brockton

 

Mat. & 2 Eve. Shows at 7&9 Tues. July 24.

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