Boris Karloff and His Films by Paul M. Jensen

By Paul M. Jensen

For approximately forty years Boris Karloff was once the King Of Horror. even if there are a number of books on Karloff, writer Paul Jensen spent years learning this learn of this nice actor. Meticulously unique and illuminated with candor and affection. contains many pictures no longer present in different books, rates from assets overlooked in different biographies and a accomplished filmography. a really great tribute-- i'd suggest it to his fans.

CONTENTS:

Acknowledgements Page
1. THE EARLY YEARS: judgements AND improvement (1887-1931) • 09
2. FRANKENSTEIN: the start (1931) • 23
three. THE REIGN OF TERROR (1931-1938) • 47
four. MONSTER INTO FATHER determine (1939-1968) • 115
Bibliography • 173
Filmography • 176
Index To Names • 191
Index To movies • 193

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She gives Mrs. Waverton a lecture on the evils of vanity, and then on her way lights flicker, : out checks her own hair in the mirror. Disturbed by the obviously irrational Rebecca, Mrs. Waverton remains in the room. As she looks at herself in the mirror we see her distorted reflection, followed by shots of Rebecca repeating her speech, with cuts between each line from one view of her fragmented face THE REIGN OF TERROR 55 Also intercut here are close-ups of Morgan secretly watching Mrs. Waverton.

When the “We make he explains that it is not the storm’s fault. ” Although most of the pleasure in these examples comes from the writing and the acting, the individual and consistent tone must be traced to Whale’s handling. And while The Old Dark House is not as strikingly visual as Frankenstein it is a carefully directed film. Sometimes Whale uses technique for humour, as in the opening scene with the Wavertons arguing while they struggle against the storm’s irritations. AsJPhilip complains about a “trickle of ice cold water pouring down my neck,” there is an unexpected, almost eccentric, cut to a close-up of the back of his hat brim— as water streams off it.

76 Still, The Mask of Fu Manchu has the advantage of M-G-M’s lavish get real satisfaction settings and dignified actors, and Karloff certainly looks his part and THE REIGN much Of TERROR 59 and impressiveness as the script almoustache was not part of Rohmer’s description of the character, it turns out to be an improvement on the original. The make-up took about two and a half hours to apply each day, with much of the time devoted to the actor’s eyes. For the first time, Karloff played a horror character who wasn’t a brute and who had lines to speak.

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