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 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 video clips. via dozens of interviews and wide archival learn, this enormously extended new version examines the Golden Age of Hollywood, the period during which either stars labored, recreates the capturing of Lugosi and Karloff's mutual movies, examines their abnormal and relocating own dating and analyzes their ongoing legacies. positive aspects comprise an absolutely special filmography of the 8 Karloff and Lugosi motion pictures, complete summaries of either men's careers and greater than 250 images, a few in colour.
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Directed by Archie Mayo with Gothic ﬂourish and dashes of wicked comedy, Svengali, produced only months after Dracula, seems years away from the vampire ﬁlm in its ﬂair and sophistication — a movie that plays as both a highbrow Dracula and burlesque version miraculously at once. The catch lines alone were a treat, such as: THE LOVELIEST FEET IN PARIS YET THEY FOLLOWED THE EVILEST MAN IN THE WORLD The ﬁlm has aged charmingly, Barrymore’s portrayal is still amazing, and compare Bela’s $3,500 Dracula salary with Barrymore’s Svengali payday: $150,000, plus 10 percent of the gross receipts with a $50,000 advance.
James Whale May 29, 1957: A maid walked down the hill behind 788 Amalﬁ Drive, Paciﬁc Palisades, through a beautiful English garden and toward the art studio beside the swimming pool, to announce lunch. Floating face-up in the pool with a gash in his forehead was the fully-clothed corpse of her master, James Whale. A suicide note addressed “To ALL I LOVE” was in the studio, not to become public until 25 years later, explaining the ﬁnal act of a lonely man, terriﬁed of old age and insanity. Over forty years later, Whale’s suicide became the climax of the 1998 movie Gods and Monsters, with Sir Ian McKellen’s Academy Award–nominated portrayal of Whale, based on Christopher Bram’s novel Father of Frankenstein and directed by Bill Condon (who won an Oscar for his screenplay).
He starts immediately on Frankenstein, which will be followed by Murders in the Rue Morgue. By the time these two are ﬁnished, the reading department expects to have some more horror tales run down for the man who made “Dracula” a household word. As Frankenstein evolves, there is only one absolute — it must star Bela “Dracula” Lugosi. A. Record in his scrapbook. This time, Bela senses, the PR will be gigantic. So does Universal. And if, by some ﬂuke or tragedy, Bela Lugosi does not star in Frankenstein, the PR campaign will surely smile on whoever does.
Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration, with a Complete Filmography of Their Films Together by Gregory William Mank