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Host of 'Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey' to Showcase His Collection

Credits: Ron MacCloskey
Credits: Courtesy of Paul Garner

OCEAN CITY, NJ – In time for Halloween, Ron MacCloskey, host of “Classic Movies with Ron MacCloskey” which appears on cable access channels in Montclair, Edison, South Plainfield, Piscataway, Oradell, Metuchen and Rutgers Univeristy, will share his Frankenstein collection with the public at the Ocean City Free Public Library.

The art exhibit entitled, “From Frightening to Funny,” will be open to the public starting in October at the Ocean City Free Public Library. Visitors will be able to view the largest collection Frankenstein memorabilia all in one place.

Since 1962, MacCloskey has collected more than 500 items of Frankenstein and Boris Karloff memorabilia. Many of these items have been displayed at Madison Square Garden and The Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center.

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The most famous image of the Frankenstein monster is the one from Universal’s 1931 film version of the Mary Shelley classic novel, “Frankenstein.” Make up by Jack Pierce, directed by James Whale and acted by Boris Karloff, it is the image that everyone associates with today. Flat head, scars on his face and bolts in his neck.

The original story was written by Mary Shelley when she was just 18 years old. That makes her the youngest teenage author who has never had a book out of print. In her novel she was so clever as to not describe in detail the look of the monster. That way, anyone, including Hollywood, can do what they want, and in doing so, not be wrong. It took 3 talented men; Jack, James and Boris to pull it off and the result is an image that is with us to this day!

In conjunction with the viewing of artwork, a tribute show entitled “The World of Frankenstein - A Fan’s Tribute to the Monster” will be performed. This show is written, produced and stars Ron MacCloskey, who is also the curator of the art exhibit. MacCloskey has been seen on HBO and performed at Lincoln Center.

The artwork will be on display from October 1 through November 1 at the Ocean City Public Library, 1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, NJ.

About Ron MacCloskey

Ron MacCloskey grew up in Westfield, new Jersey before moving to Edison in 1984. MacCloskey is an accomplished performer/writer/producer. He has been seen on local TV, Network TV, the internet, newspapers and radio.

Besides being a collector and curator of this art exhibit, MacCloskey is also a comedian and actor. He has been doing a one man show on the life and career of Groucho Marx and just returned from a successful engagment in Little Rock Arkansas.



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