Monday, October 31, 2016

Boris Karloff's Frankenstein

Today on Far Future Horizons we present two Halloween feature videos, the 1931 horror film classic Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff and a 1957 interview with the legendary actor himself on the television series ‘This is your Life’.

Boris Karloff

Boris Karloff is best remembered for his roles in numerous horror films and his portrayal of Frankenstein's monster in Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). His popularity following Frankenstein was such that for a brief time he was billed simply as "Karloff" or "Karloff the Uncanny". His best-known non-horror role is as the Grinch, as well as the narrator, in the animated television special of Dr. Seuss’s ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ (1966).

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster in The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Frankenstein is film produced in 1931 by Universal Pictures and directed by James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling which in turn is based on the novel of the same name by Mary Shelley.  The film stars Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles and Boris Karloff, and features Dwight Frye and Edward van Sloan. The Webling play was adapted by John L. Balderston and the screenplay written by Francis Edward Faragoh and Garrett Fort with uncredited contributions from Robert Florey and John Russell. The make-up artist was Jack Pierce.

For additional background concerning the Gothic horror novel by Mary Shelley I invite the reader to view two previous articles posted on Far Future Horizons, Frankenstein: The True Story and the Prophets of Science Fiction: Mary Shelley.

Frankenstein (1931) 

Frankenstein by James Whale 1931 from Ezequiel Lavaca on Vimeo.

Boris Karloff Interview on This is Your Life (1957) 

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