Women in Horror Films, 1940s

Women in Horror Films, 1940s

by Gregory William Mank

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They had more in common than just a scream, whether they faced Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, King Kong, the Wolf Man, or any of the other legendary Hollywood monsters. Some were even monsters themselves, such as Elsa Lanchester as the Bride, and Gloria Holden as Dracula’s Daughter. And while evading the Strangler of the Swamp, former Miss America Rosemary La Planche is allowed to rescue her leading man. This book provides details about the lives and careers of 21 of these cinematic leading ladies, femmes fatales, monsters, and misfits, putting into perspective their contributions to the films and folklore of Hollywood terror—and also the sexual harassment, exploitation, and genuine danger they faced on the job.
Veteran actress Virginia Christine recalls Universal burying her alive in a backlot swamp in full “mummy” makeup for the resurrection scene in The Mummy’s Curse—and how the studio saved that scene for the last day in case she suffocated. Filled with anecdotes and recollections, many of the entries are based on original interviews, and there are numerous old photographs and movie stills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786423354
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 05/16/2005
Edition description: Revised ed.
Pages: 405
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.81(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Gregory William Mank, a Delta, Pennsylvania, freelance writer, has acted in more than 100 stage productions. He has written numerous books on classic horror films.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Anne Nagel 7

Louise Currie 25

Peggy Moran 37

Evelyn Ankers 49

Maria Ouspenskaya 77

Elizabeth Russell 97

Simone Simon 115

Jane Randolph 135

Anne Gwynne 149

Ilona Massey 163

Patricia Morison 183

Acquanetta 201

Suzanne Foster 223

Jean Brooks 243

Louise Allbritton 267

Elena Verdugo 283

Gale Sondergaard 303

Virginia Christine 323

Jane Adams 337

Anna Lee 349

Lenore Aubert 367

Appendix: Outstanding Performances 379

Index 383

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