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 distinct friendship. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in dozens of black-and-white horror motion pictures, and through the years controlled to collaborate on and co-star in 8 video clips. via dozens of interviews and wide archival study, this tremendously 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 motion pictures, examines their atypical and relocating own courting and analyzes their ongoing legacies. gains comprise an absolutely designated filmography of the 8 Karloff and Lugosi motion pictures, complete summaries of either men's careers and greater than 250 pictures, a few in colour.
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They hoped that my love was the love of DRACULA. They gloated over the thing they dared not understand.... It was the embrace of Death their subconscious was yearning for. Death, the ﬁnal triumphant lover.... Thursday, February 12, 1931: Dracula premieres at Broadway’s Roxy Theatre, popularly hailed as “The Cathedral of the American Motion Picture,” complete with a stage show — Hello New York (“a riot of color, dance and song”). ” blazes a full-page ad in Motion Picture Daily. The take for the ﬁrst eight days hits $112,319, boosted by the Broadway prices and a cavernous theatre.
The Warner Bros. archives reveal that Warners loaned Manners to Universal for Dracula, charging the studio $500 per week — and paying Manners $300 per week. Edward Van Sloan, reprising his Broadway Van Helsing role, is making his ﬁrst sound ﬁlm. He works hard to tone down his stage histrionics and adapt the slow, almost lugubrious delivery that Browning, in a rare moment of actual direction, has demanded. Van Sloan had developed a dynamic pace for the stage Dracula (which can be glimpsed in a surviving Dracula trailer, in which the off-screen Dracula breaks a mirror — several historians feel this was a Van Sloan test for the ﬁlm).
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 Lugosi and Boris Karloff: The Expanded Story of a Haunting Collaboration, with a Complete Filmography of Their Films Together by Gregory William Mank