|1931: A Star is Born. The movie: Frankenstein.|
|Born William Henry Pratt, the renamed Boris Karloff |
had been acting in small parts since the silent era.
|Here's Boris taking in the sights in one of his sixteen (!) movies in 1931 alone, Five Star Final.|
|Boris ran with his Frankenstein stardom. Here he plays Fu Manchu for MGM in 1932.|
|This picture gives me the chills. Seriously. Boris as Imhotep in The Mummy (1932).|
|Universal next put them in one of their rather strange all-star sketch
pictures, The Gift of Gab (1934). I've never seen it, dammit.
|Plastic surgeon and all around nutter Bela gives Boris |
a face only a mother could love in The Raven (1935).
|Bela's back to being the hero and Boris the villain - a |
crazed radioactive killer in The Invisible Ray (1936).
|Their next teaming was 1939's Son of Frankenstein. |
Karloff is back playing the Monster for the last time
in a feature film,and Bela gets his finest post-Dracula
role as the sly and villainous Ygor.
|Their next Universal picture was Black Friday (1940) |
but Boris and Bela share no scenes in the picture, so
here's a publicity photo from the film instead.
It was their last Universal movie together.
|Over at RKO they were joined by Peter Lorre for the musical comedy thriller
You'll Find Out (1940) with bandleader Kay Kyser and his Kollege of Musical
Knowledge. This is also Boris's only starring role with Ish Kabibble.
|Their final teaming was for The Body Snatcher (1945).|
Boris starred, Bela 's character was added to get him
into a movie with Karloff one last time.
|Since in the 1940's Hollywood still hadn't figured |
out that Asians might be best suited to play
Asian detectives, here's Boris as Mr. Wong
|After three times in the Monster's boots, Boris returned to the Frankenstein
for the sixth entry, House of Frankenstein (1944), but this time he took the easier
job - the mad scientist. Glenn Strange takes over as The Big Guy.
|Boris got to appear on Broadway too, in Arsenic and Old
where his character murders everyone who says he looks like
Boris Karloff, and in Peter Pan, as Captain Hook, as seen here.
|By the 1950's Boris was still hard at work, and as this shot |
shows, more often as dapper villains than monsters.
|He wasn't adverse to working on television either, serving as the host |
of the great show Thriller (out on DVD), and the little seen series
The Veil, pictured here, (also on DVD, though a little harder to find.)
|The Raven (1963) teamed Boris with Vincent Price and Peter Lorre. It
also took the novel |
approach of being a spoof, showing Poe's renowned humorous side.
|As the 1960's wore on, despite increasingly fragile health, the tireless Karloff
became the elder statesman |
of horror films, as seen here in a very atmospheric shot from Die Monster Die! (1965)
|Boris did more television too, appearing here with Vincent Price on Red Skelton's show.|
Boris pops up in a couple of cameos in the American International "Beach" movies.
This one is Ghost in the Invisible Bikini (1966).
|In addition Boris won a Grammy award for his narration of the |
classic television special How the Grinch Stole Christmas when it
was released as an album in 1966.
Dedicated to Boris Karloff.
You should watch some Boris Karloff this Halloween season - he'd be happy to know he gave you some entertainment and scares!
Until next post, you Can Poke Me With A Fork, Cause I Am Outta Here!