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 so much deeply linked to the 2 roles additionally shared a special friendship. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in dozens of black-and-white horror movies, and through the years controlled to collaborate on and co-star in 8 videos. via dozens of interviews and broad archival examine, this enormously extended 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 bizarre and relocating own courting and analyzes their ongoing legacies. gains contain a completely particular 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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He was a survivor of World War I (who finally avoided being sent once again to the front lines by convincing the officers he was insane — or so he claimed), an actor in Hungarian silent films under the name of Arisztid Olt and an exile from Hungary after leading a bitter battle for actors’ rights. In 1922, he’d made his New York debut as Fernando, sexy Spanish Apache pirate in The Red Poppy. He knew so little English at the time that he learned his lines phonetically, “like the music of a song”; still, the 24 Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff Lugosi as Jesus Christ in The Passion with the Debreczen Repertory Theatre, 1916.

All take notice of the sly, foxy “Jimmy,” handsome as Lucifer, his red hair streaked with silver, a cheroot usually in hand, peacocking across the lot like a Byronic hero. High on the mountain above Universal, the former cartoonist/painter/actor/Tango dancer can overlook the panorama below — the zoo, the lake, the edifices of all countries— all waiting to serve his dramatic imagination. ” exalts his Universal publicity. He drives a Cadillac. He dresses like a prince. His address in 1931 is 4565 Dundee Drive, where he lives with his lover, future producer David Lewis.

Bela had tipped the Gypsy musicians so lavishly during his Dracula success in New York (despite his fairly modest salary) that some of the Gypsies, as Lillian remembered, actually followed him to Los Angeles so as not to miss his generosity. A. * * * For Junior Laemmle, Dracula was a big money follow-up to All Quiet on the Western Front. But upon its first release, Dracula couldn’t transfuse the money to Universal fast enough; the vampiric Depression was sucking the studio’s blood so ravenously that Universal actually shut down temporarily in the spring of 1931.

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