Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff; The Expanded Story of a by Gregory William Mank

By Gregory William Mank

Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster are horror cinema icons, and the actors such a lot deeply linked to the 2 roles additionally shared a different friendship. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in dozens of black-and-white horror motion pictures, and through the years controlled to collaborate on and co-star in 8 videos. via dozens of interviews and broad archival examine, this tremendously multiplied new version examines the Golden Age of Hollywood, the period during which either stars labored, recreates the taking pictures of Lugosi and Karloff's mutual movies, examines their abnormal and relocating own courting and analyzes their ongoing legacies. positive aspects contain a completely special filmography of the 8 Karloff and Lugosi motion pictures, complete summaries of either men's careers and greater than 250 photos, a few in colour.

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By Gregory William Mank

Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster are horror cinema icons, and the actors such a lot deeply linked to the 2 roles additionally shared a different friendship. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in dozens of black-and-white horror motion pictures, and through the years controlled to collaborate on and co-star in 8 videos. via dozens of interviews and broad archival examine, this tremendously multiplied new version examines the Golden Age of Hollywood, the period during which either stars labored, recreates the taking pictures of Lugosi and Karloff's mutual movies, examines their abnormal and relocating own courting and analyzes their ongoing legacies. positive aspects contain a completely special filmography of the 8 Karloff and Lugosi motion pictures, complete summaries of either men's careers and greater than 250 photos, a few in colour.

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The Academy Award and international praise for All Quiet on the Western Front, coupled with the smash hit Dracula, caused Junior to win this new honor and the Board cabled the news to him on his birthday. It seemed to do little for Junior’s neuroses. When Pauline Moore (fated to play a bridesmaid in Frankenstein) signed as a Universal starlet in the summer of ’31, she met the “Baby Mogul” in Universal’s New York office — and was convinced the 5' 3" Junior was standing on a box behind his desk to give the illusion he was taller.

The fact that Dracula supposedly shows no reflection — and that Bela usually has a cigar in his hand — does little to shatter his personal illusion as he passionately psyches himself up for what is his destiny. His method is in sharp contrast to that of director Tod Browning. Often garbed in flowing waistcoat and beret, languishing in the soundstage shadows, the mustached “Poe of the Screen” is so non-assertive a burn-out that David Manners later has no memory of Browning at all — and Carla Laemmle, remembering her scene in the coach, claims Browning wasn’t even there that day!

Nor was it flattering to Bela, whom Frankenstein promptly covered up again as he said his line. Come the test’s climax, the storm sound effects raged, the makeshift props buzzed, the anonymous Frankenstein actor laughed triumphantly and Bela stirred beneath the sheet — whimpering (“like an animal in pain,” according to the script) and moving his arm. ” Indeed, Bela had so little to do and was glimpsed so very briefly that one would suspect that any critical judgment of his Monster was impossible.

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