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Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration, with a Complete Filmography of Their Films Together

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration, with a Complete Filmography of Their Films Together

by Gregory William Mank


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Dracula and Frankenstein's Monster are horror cinema icons, and the actors most deeply associated with the two roles also shared a unique friendship. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in dozens of black-and-white horror films, and over the years managed to collaborate on and co-star in eight movies. Through dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, this greatly expanded new edition examines the Golden Age of Hollywood, the era in which both stars worked, recreates the shooting of Lugosi and Karloff's mutual films, examines their odd and moving personal relationship and analyzes their ongoing legacies. Features include a fully detailed filmography of the eight Karloff and Lugosi films, full summaries of both men's careers and more than 250 photographs, some in color.

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ISBN-13: 9781476672342
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2017
Pages: 701
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gregory William Mank has written and recorded many DVD and Blu-Ray audio commentaries, has won four Rondo Awards, and has written numerous books on classic horror films. He and lives in Delta, Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction and Acknowledgments 1

1. “I Created My Own Monster!” 7

2. In the Hall of the Mountain King 13

3. The Friendly Panther 22

4. The Strangest Passion 34

5. “A Death Mask of a Monster” 48

6. Jimmy 56

7. Billy 63

8. “I Owe It All to Dr. Frankenstein’s Jolly Old Monster!” 80

9. Booby Prize 97

10. 1932 106

11. KARLOFF the Uncanny in The Mummy 124

12. Wives, Rivals, London, The Screen Actors Guild, John Ford, Broadway, Walt Disney and Others 135

13. “Improper Faces”—The Black Cat 153

14. The Film Stars Frolic 201

15. Gift of Gab and Other Curiosities 205

Between pages 214 and 215 are 8 color plates containing 10 photographs

16. 1935: Bride of Frankenstein vs. Mark of the Vampire 215

17. The Rivals 227

18. “Unsubtle Acting”—The Raven 240

19. “They Were Both Totally Darling!”—The Invisible Ray 271

20. Limbo Approaches 303

21. Horrible, Horrible Men 319

22. Monster Eve 327

23. “All the Demons of Hell”—Son of Frankenstein 336

24. Feathering the Nest 376

25. “Stanley Ridges and Karloff ”—Black Friday 389

26. “Their Royal Slynesses”: You’ll Find Out 411

27. Arsenic and Old Lace 428

28. “Toneless Voice and Mr. Potato Head Features”: Young Lon 437

29. Universal Production # 1279 447

30. 1943—New Work, New Rivals 460

31. 1944 470

32. The Body Snatcher 481

33. Unholy Three—Bedlam, Genius at Work, and House of Dracula 520

34. 1946–1947 528

35. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein 535

36. 1949–1953 542

37. The Film That Never Was 553

38. “The Greatest Pain in the World” 559

39. The Last Bride of Dracula 562

40. Dracula’s Revenge—and Death 572

41. Karloff ’s Last Act 587

42. The Myth and the Rivalry 603

Appendix 1. The Bela Lugosi Career 623

Appendix 2. The Boris Karloff Career 629

Appendix 3. Filmography of Their Films Together 636

Chapter Notes 643

Bibliography 667

Index 671

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