Robert Florey s Frankenstein Starring Bela Lugosi

With the success of Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, Universal Pictures was quick to capitalize on creating a new Lon Chaney in Bela Lugosi.

Author: Philip J. Riley

Publisher: Bearmanor Media

ISBN: 1593934793

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 206

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With the success of Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi, Universal Pictures was quick to capitalize on creating a new Lon Chaney in Bela Lugosi. Chaney had been the original choice to portray a duel role as both Dracula and Professor van Helsing, Dracula's adversary. Before production could begin Chaney died suddenly leaving Carl Laemmle Jr. without a star. Laemmle Jr. had seen Dracula on the stage in New York City, although he could not recall if he had seen Lugosi or Raymond Huntley in the role of Count Dracula. However Lugosi was performing in the touring company which happened to be in Los Angeles at that time. Was he the new Lon Chaney? Lugosi was not Carl Jr's first choice for the role. However he eventually won the part and now they needed more ideas for him. "Murders in the Rue Morgue," "Cagliostro," "The Invisible Man" and "Frankenstein" were top on the list. One day in March 1931 Robert Florey, recently returned to Hollywood from Europe, was having lunch at the Musso and Frank Restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard. He was approached by an old acquaintance, Richard Schayer, head of Universal's story department. Schayer told him that his studio was looking for ideas for a new horror film to star Bela Lugosi and he knew Florey was involved with The Theatre du Grand-Guignol de Paris, (a small theater, in an obscure alley in Paris which specialized in sadistic, shocking, explicit, violent melodramas and became known as the "Theater of Horrors." It opened in 1897 and closed in 1962.) They both agreed on "Frankenstein" being the best choice. Schayer suggested that Florey would stand a better chance at being asigned writer and director if he were to present the idea to Carl Laemmle Jr. We present now the script for"Frankenstein" as it would have been had Bela Lugosi starred; and Rober Florey directed.

Untold Horror

Like the Chaney Dracula script , it was released by Riley in a 2010 book titled Robert Florey's Frankenstein Starring Bela Lugosi ( also from Bear Manor Media ) that includes supplementary material that details the project .

Author: George. A Romero

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

ISBN: 9781506719030

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 152

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Insightful interviews of horror legends George Romero, John Landis, Joe Dante, Brian Yuzna, and more, by former editor-in-chief of Rue Morgue, Dave Alexander, about the scariest horror movies never made! Take a behind-the-scenes look into development hell to find the most frightening horror movies that never were, from unmade Re-Animator sequels to alternate takes on legendary franchises like Frankenstein and Dracula! Features art, scripts, and other production material from unmade films that still might make you scream--with insights from dozens of directors, screenwriters, and producers with decades of experience. Featured Interviews With: George A. Romero John Landis Joe Dante Vincenzo Natali Brian Yuzna William Lustig William Malone Buddy Giovinazzo Tim Sullivan Richard Raaphorst Ruggero Deodato Jim Shooter Bob Layton David J. Skal

The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films 1931 1936

Robert Florey and Garrett Fort, “Frankenstein” screenplay, in Philip J. Riley (ed.), Robert Florey's Frankenstein Starring Bela Lugosi (Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media, 2010). 44. Memo, Fort to Schayer, “Reactions to Mr. Henigson's ...

Author: Jon Towlson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786494743

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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Critics have traditionally characterized classic horror by its use of shadow and suggestion. Yet the graphic nature of early 1930s films only came to light in the home video/DVD era. Along with gangster movies and "sex pictures," horror films drew audiences during the Great Depression with sensational content. Exploiting a loophole in the Hays Code, which made no provision for on-screen "gruesomeness," studios produced remarkably explicit films that were recut when the Code was more rigidly enforced from 1934. This led to a modern misperception that classic horror was intended to be safe and reassuring to audiences. The author examines the 1931 to 1936 "happy ending" horror in relation to industry practices and censorship. Early works like Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) and The Raven (1935) may be more akin to The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) and Hostel (2005) than many critics believe.

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff

On Saturday, May 9, 1931, The Hollywood Filmograph listed Frankenstein among the films “preparing” at Universal. Listed as star: Bela Lugosi. Listed as director: Robert Florey, a 30-year-old, 6'4" Frenchman who loved toy soldiers and ...

Author: Gregory William Mank

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786454723

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 701

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Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster are horror cinema icons, and the actors most deeply associated with the two roles also shared a unique friendship. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in dozens of black-and-white horror films, and over the years managed to collaborate on and co-star in eight movies. Through dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, this greatly expanded new edition examines the Golden Age of Hollywood, the era in which both stars worked, recreates the shooting of Lugosi and Karloff’s mutual films, examines their odd and moving personal relationship and analyzes their ongoing legacies. Features include a fully detailed filmography of the eight Karloff and Lugosi films, full summaries of both men’s careers and more than 250 photographs, some in color.

Cinema MD

Robert Florey's Frankenstein Starring Bela Lugosi. An Alternative History for Classic Film Monsters . Albany, NY : Bear Manor Media ; 2010 . 66 Whale J. Frankenstein . Universal Pictures. November 21, 1931. 67 Curtis J. James Whale: A ...

Author: Eelco F.M. Wijdicks MD, PhD

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190685805

Category: Medical

Page: 400

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Cinema, MD follows the intersection of medicine and film and how filmmakers wrote a history of medicine over time. The narrative follows several main story lines: How did the portrayal of physicians, nurses, and medical institutions change over the years? What interested filmmakers, and which topics had priority? What does film's obsession with experiments and monstrosities reveal about medical ethics and malpractice? How could the public's perception of the medical profession change when watching these films on diseases and treatments, including palliative care and medical ethics? Are screenwriters, actors, and film directors channeling a popular view of medicine? Cinema, MD analyzes not only changing practices, changing morals, and changing expectations but also medical stereotypes, medical activism, and violations of patients' integrity and autonomy. Examining over 400 films with medical themes over a century of cinema, this book establishes the cultural, medical, and historical importance of the art form. Film allows us to see our humanity, our frailty, and our dependence when illness strikes. Cinema, MD provides uniquely new and fascinating insight into both film criticism and the history of medicine and has a resonance to the medical world we live in today.

Frankenstein 200

Frankenstein project, which was already well underway as the successor to Tod Browning's Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. Originally, Frankenstein was to be helmed by the French directed Robert Florey and star Bela Lugosi as the monster.

Author: Rebecca Baumann

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253039071

Category: Art

Page: 194

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Two centuries ago, a teenage genius created a monster that still walks among us. In 1818, Mary Shelley published Frankenstein, and in doing so set forth into the world a scientist and his monster. The daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, famed women's rights advocate, and William Godwin, radical political thinker and writer, Mary Shelley is considered the mother of the modern genres of horror and science fiction. At its core, however, Shelley's Frankenstein is a contemplation on what it means to be human, what it means to chase perfection, and what it means to fear things suchsuch things as ugliness, loneliness, and rejection. In celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein, the Lilly Library at Indiana University presents Frankenstein 200: The Birth, Life, and Resurrection of Mary Shelley's Monster. This beautifully illustrated catalog looks closely at Mary Shelley's life and influences, examines the hundreds of reincarnations her book and its characters have enjoyed, and highlights the vast, deep, and eclectic collections of the Lilly Library. This exhibition catalog is a celebration of books, of the monstrousness that exists within us all, and of the genius of Mary Shelley.

The New Annotated Frankenstein

Frankenstein: The Original Shooting Script. Screenplay by Garrett Fort and Francis Edwards Faragoh. Absecon, NJ: MagicImage Filmbooks, 1989. ——— , ed. Robert Florey's Frankenstein Starring Bela Lugosi. Albany, GA: BearManor Media, 2010.

Author: Mary Shelley

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 9780871409508

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Two centuries after its original publication, Mary Shelley’s classic tale of gothic horror comes to vivid life in "what may very well be the best presentation of the novel" to date (Guillermo del Toro). "Remarkably, a nineteen-year-old, writing her first novel, penned a tale that combines tragedy, morality, social commentary, and a thoughtful examination of the very nature of knowledge," writes best-selling author Leslie S. Klinger in his foreword to The New Annotated Frankenstein. Despite its undeniable status as one of the most influential works of fiction ever written, Mary Shelley’s novel is often reductively dismissed as the wellspring for tacky monster films or as a cautionary tale about experimental science gone haywire. Now, two centuries after the first publication of Frankenstein, Klinger revives Shelley’s gothic masterpiece by reproducing her original text with the most lavishly illustrated and comprehensively annotated edition to date. Featuring over 200 illustrations and nearly 1,000 annotations, this sumptuous volume recaptures Shelley’s early nineteenth-century world with historical precision and imaginative breadth, tracing the social and political roots of the author’s revolutionary brand of Romanticism. Braiding together decades of scholarship with his own keen insights, Klinger recounts Frankenstein’s indelible contributions to the realms of science fiction, feminist theory, and modern intellectual history—not to mention film history and popular culture. The result of Klinger’s exhaustive research is a multifaceted portrait of one of Western literature’s most divinely gifted prodigies, a young novelist who defied her era’s restrictions on female ambitions by independently supporting herself and her children as a writer and editor. Born in a world of men in the midst of a political and an emerging industrial revolution, Shelley crafted a horror story that, beyond its incisive commentary on her own milieu, is widely recognized as the first work of science fiction. The daughter of a pioneering feminist and an Enlightenment philosopher, Shelley lived and wrote at the center of British Romanticism, the “exuberant, young movement” that rebelled against tradition and reason and "with a rebellious scream gave birth to a world of gods and monsters" (del Toro). Following his best-selling The New Annotated H. P. Lovecraft and The New Annotated Sherlock Holmes, Klinger not only considers Shelley’s original 1818 text but, for the first time in any annotated volume, traces the effects of her significant revisions in the 1823 and 1831 editions. With an afterword by renowned literary scholar Anne K. Mellor, The New Annotated Frankenstein celebrates the prescient genius and undying legacy of the world’s "first truly modern myth." The New Annotated Frankenstein includes: Nearly 1,000 notes that provide information and historical context on every aspect of Frankenstein and of Mary Shelley’s life Over 200 illustrations, including original artwork from the 1831 edition and dozens of photographs of real-world locations that appear in the novel Extensive listings of films and theatrical adaptations An introduction by Guillermo del Toro and an afterword by Anne K. Mellor

The Making of Horror Movies

Universal Studios had owned the rights to Peggy Webling's play based on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein since 1930 (Mary Shelley's original book was ... Robert Florey had been expected to direct with Bela Lugosi in the role of the monster.

Author: Jennifer Selway

Publisher: White Owl

ISBN: 9781526774736

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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Horror films divide opinion. It wasn’t until 1973 that a horror film (The Exorcist) was nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture and many respected critics still regard them with amused condescension. The public’s view is also sharply divided. Some cinema goers revel in the thought of being made very, very afraid, while some just don’t like horror films because they don’t want to be frightened. This guide, which is for both the fan and the more faint-hearted, steers an illuminating path through a genre that has, since the early days of cinema, split off into many sub-divisions - folk horror, slasher movies, Hammer, sci-fi horror, psychological thrillers, zombie movies, among others. Times change but movie-makers can always find a way to tap into what we fear and dread, whether it’s blood-sucking vampires or radioactive mutations, evil children or the living dead. This book also gives concise biographies of the many actors and directors who saw their careers – for better or worse – defined by their association with horror movies, and who created a genre that is instantly recognisable in all its forms and continues to find new and ingenious ways of scaring us in the dark.

Wax Museum Movies

Lugosi. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007. Rigby, Jonathan. Euro Gothic: Classics of Continental Horror Cinema. Cambridge: Signum Books, 2016. Riley, Philip J. Robert Florey's Frankenstein Starring Bela Lugosi. Albany, GA: BearManor Media, ...

Author: George Higham

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476640112

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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Spanning over a century of cinema and comprised of 127 films, this book analyzes the cinematic incarnations of the "uncanniest place on earth"--wax museums. Nothing is as it seems at a wax museum. It is a place of wonder, horror and mystery. Will the figures come to life at night, or are they very much dead with corpses hidden beneath their waxen shells? Is the genius hand that molded them secretly scarred by a terrible tragedy, longing for revenge? Or is it a sinner's sanctum, harboring criminals with countless places to hide in plain sight? This chronological analysis includes essential behind the scenes information in addition to authoritative research comparing the creation of "real" wax figures to the "reel" ones seen onscreen. Publicly accessible or hidden away in a maniac's lair, wax museums have provided the perfect settings for films of all genres to thrillingly play out on the big screen since the dawn of cinema.

Japanese Horror and the Transnational Cinema of Sensations

MagicImage Filmbooks Presents Frankenstein. Absecon: MagicImage Filmbooks. ———. 2010. Robert Florey's Frankenstein Starring Bela Lugosi. Albany: BearManor Media. Roquet, Paul. 2016. Ambient Media: Japanese Atmospheres of Self.

Author: Steven T. Brown

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319706290

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 330

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Japanese Horror and the Transnational Cinema of Sensations undertakes a critical reassessment of Japanese horror cinema by attending to its intermediality and transnational hybridity in relation to world horror cinema. Neither a conventional film history nor a thematic survey of Japanese horror cinema, this study offers a transnational analysis of selected films from new angles that shed light on previously ignored aspects of the genre, including sound design, framing techniques, and lighting, as well as the slow attack and long release times of J-horror’s slow-burn style, which have contributed significantly to the development of its dread-filled cinema of sensations.

The Very Witching Time of Night

Saturday, May 23, 1931: Waterloo Bridge,based on Robert Sherwood's play and starring Mae Clarke as the tragic ... 5 Tuesday,June 16, 1931: Robert Florey begins directing a two-day test for Frankenstein with Bela Lugosi as the Monster.

Author: Gregory William Mank

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786449552

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 444

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"Mank yokes a fan boy's obsessive enthusiasm with meticulous research. And after 35 years of research and ten books, he has navigated many quirky side streets off the horror film main drag...beautiful black-and-white production stills throughout, Mank and McFarland's tag-teamed volume will be a winner in genre film collections"--Library Journal The book covers unusual and often surprising areas of horror film history: (1) The harrowingly tragic life of Dracula's leading lady, Helen Chandler, as intimately remembered by her sister-in-law. (2) John Barrymore's 1931 horror vehicles Svengali and The Mad Genius, and their rejection by the public. (3) The disastrous shooting of 1933's Murders in the Zoo, perhaps the most racy of all Pre-Code horror films. (4) A candid interview with the son of legendary horror star Lionel Atwill. (5) The censorship battles of One More River, as waged by Frankenstein director James Whale. (6) The adventures (and misadventures) of Boris Karloff as a star at Warner Bros. (7) The stage and screen versions of the horror/comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. (8) Production diaries of the horror noirs Cat People and The Curse of the Cat People. (9) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man revisited. (10) Horror propaganda: The production of Hitler's Madman. (11) Horror star John Carradine and the rise and fall of his Shakespearean Repertory Company. (12) The Shock! Theatre television phenomenon. And (13) A Tribute to Carl Laemmle, Jr., producer of the original Universal horror classics, including an interview with his lady friend of almost 40 years

Boris Karloff

to direct one film for the studio , with no title given . Florey's " consolation prize " was a loose adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's " Murders in the Rue Morgue , " starring another refugee from the Frankenstein project , Bela Lugosi .

Author: Scott Allen Nollen

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0899505805

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 473

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This comprehensive analysis of Boris Karloff's life and career incorporates criticism, in-depth production information and discussions of cinematic themes and characters, with an account of the historical periods and events depicted in the films and the Hollywood era in which they were produced. Each of Karloff's horror films is examined at length, as well as his contributions to other media. Over 100 posters, portraits, film scenes and candid photos illustrate the text, and numerous contemporaries (Evelyn Karloff, Laurence Olivier, Henry Brandon, Ian Wolfe, Zita Johann, others) are quoted throughout.

Hollywood Cauldron

Bela Lugosi, "Dracula" of the Broadway stage and national tour, plays Inspector Delzante at $1000 per week. ... February 10, 1932 Universal's Murders in the Rue Morgue, directed by Robert Florey, starring Bela Lugosi, opens in New York ...

Author: Gregory William Mank

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9780786462551

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 428

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Thirteen of Hollywood's horror classics in detail: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Old Dark House(1932), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), Mark of the Vampire (1935), Mad Love (1935), The Black Room (1935), The Walking Dead (1936), Cat People (1942), Bluebeard (1944), The Lodger (1944), The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), Hangover Square (1945) and Bedlam (1946). From original interviews and research, the styles of the various studios (from giant M-G-M to Poverty Row's PRC), along with the performers, directors, and backstage events, are examined.

Heritage Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction 603

SPHINX - FILM La favorite FANA CONTRE LE RILEY VAMPIRE ARTHUR LUCAN BELA LUGOSI Edgar Allan Pocs MURDERS - RUE MORGUE ... It has close connection to “ Frankenstein " in that it was directed by Robert Florey , who had originally been ...


Publisher: Heritage Capital Corporation

ISBN: 1932899154



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The A to Z of Horror Cinema

... directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi, and Frankenstein, directed by James Whale and featuring Boris Karloff, ... both of which star Boris Karloff, and Robert Florey's Murders in the Rue Morgue, which stars Bela Lugosi.

Author: Peter Hutchings

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810870509

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 432

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Horror is one of the most enduring and controversial of all cinematic genres. Horror films range from the subtle and the poetic to the graphic and the gory but what links them all is their ability to frighten, disturb, shock, provoke, delight, irritate, amuse, and bemuse audiences. Horror's capacity to serve as an outlet to capture the changing patterns of our fears and anxieties has ensured not only its notoriety but also its long-term survival and its international popularity. Above all, however, it is the audience's continual desire to experience new frights and evermore-horrifying sights that continue to make films like The Exorcist, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Psycho, Ringu, and The Shining captivate viewers. The A to Z of Horror Cinema traces the development of horror cinema from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries. Entries cover all the major movie villains, including Frankenstein and his monster, the vampire, the werewolf, the mummy, the zombie, the ghost, and the serial killer; the film directors, producers, writers, actors, cinematographers, make-up artists, special effects technicians, and composers who have helped to shape horror history; significant production companies and the major films that have come to stand as milestones in the development of the horror genre; and the different national traditions in horror cinema as well as horror's most popular themes, formats, conventions, and cycles.

America s Film Legacy

FRANKENSTEIN clearly “other” characters, immigrant, semiliterate Italians who were different from the way most filmgoers ... The project was originally announced for director Robert Florey and Bela Lugosi, the star of the film Dracula.

Author: Daniel Eagan

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780826429773

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 818

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Collection of the five hundred films that have been selected, to date, for preservation by the National Film Preservation Board, and are thereby listed in the National Film Registry.

Horror Films Virgin Film

Originally Robert Florey was asked to direct a test reel for Frankenstein, featuring Bela Lugosi as the Monster under Jack Pierce's make-up, but producer Carl Laemmle Jr was unhappy with the result, and Florey was moved on to other ...

Author: James Marriott

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 144813210X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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From the Slick horror of Alien, Scream and The Ring and the cult classics Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy to the slasher icons Jason, Freddy and Leatherface, horror just won’t stay dead. The genre has earned its place in the moviegoing psyche, with many of the key films spawning numerous copycats. But what are the 20 most influential horror films of all time? And what made them so important? James Marriott give an incisive account of the definitive works (and the most influential directors) of the genre over the last 80 years – from silent Expressionist classics to Japanese wraiths. The book reveals the inspiration behind each film and examines the choice of director, cast, soundtrack and marketing. Marriott analyzes the critical reception of each film and examines the subsequent impact on the industry and the public worldwide.

Uncle John s Great Big Bathroom Reader

... starring Bela Lugosi; a year later it had another huge hit with Boris Karloff's Frankenstein. Inspired by their success, Universal decided to make a movie about a werewolf. In 1931, they handed writer/director Robert Florey a ...

Author: Bathroom Readers' Institute

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781607106548

Category: Humor

Page: 468

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One of Uncle John’s all-time biggest sellers, Great Big is overflowing with everything our fans have come to expect: urban legends, forgotten history, myth-conceptions, business blunders, strange lawsuits, weird politics, amazing origins, dumb crooks, celebrity gossip, brain teasers, short facts, and more! Divided by length into short, medium, and long articles, Great Big is sure to be a hit with readers of all ages. A few standouts from these 460 pages: * The first computer programmers * Weird medical conditions * Brits Vs. Americans: a word quiz * Strange tourist attractions * The origin of the White House * The world’s second-dumbest outlaw * The Tonight Show story * The forgotten hero of flagpole sitting * Why popcorn pops And much, much more!

Movies in American History An Encyclopedia 3 volumes

FRANKENSTEIN. The 1931 film Frankenstein was the second of Universal Studios' famous “Monster” films. It followed the release of the 1930 picture Dracula, starring Bela Lugosi. The former film was based on the classic 1818 Gothic novel, ...

Author: Philip C. DiMare

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598842975

Category: Social Science

Page: 1232

View: 178


This provocative three-volume encyclopedia is a valuable resource for readers seeking an understanding of how movies have both reflected and helped engender America's political, economic, and social history. • Provides 450 A–Z entries that comprehensively cover the historical significance of subjects, people, and films of the American cinema • Contains contributions from 150 distinguished interdisciplinary scholars offering their analysis on the role of movies in American history • Includes reference materials and suggestions for further reading with every entry

The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of The Cinema of John Huston

... (1932) costarring Harry Carey, as well as Robert Florey's Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932), starring Bela Lugosi. ... shot some test footage, but then director James Whale read the Frankenstein and insisted that he film it instead.

Author: John McCarty

Publisher: Crossroad Press


Category: Biography & Autobiography


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An excellent survey into the career of John Huston, the actor, screenwriter & director with an informative, entertaining text. Huston's screenwriting credits feature many mega-hits such as "The Maltese Falcon"; "Sergeant York"; "High Sierra"; "The Killers"; "Jezebel"; "Murders in the Rue Morgue" among the few. But, he is best known for directing "The Maltese Falcon"; "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"; "Key Largo"; "The Asphalt Jungle"; "The African Queen" among a few. A fascinating look at his long creative career. A must-read for any Classic Movie fan.