Happy Birthday: Boris Karloff (1887–1969)

WILDsound Writing and Film Festival Review

boriskarloffBoris Karloff (1887–1969)

Born: November 23, 1887 in Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: February 2, 1969 (age 81) in Midhurst, Sussex, England, UK

[on his pet hate] Background music in films. I know my films have it too – the heavy, sinister stuff. But I still think background music is an insult to the intelligence of audiences. The mood should be conveyed by the action and not have to be underlined. There was that Hitchcock film Lifeboat (1944) in which three or four people were floating on a boat in the middle of the ocean. But from nowhere at all there came a celestial choir on the soundtrack. It’s so silly.

Bride of Frankenstein
1935
dir. James Whale
starring
Boris Karloff
Elsa Lanchester
Frankenstein
1931
dir. James Whale
starring
Colin Clive
Mae Clarke
Boris Karloff
MOVIE POSTERSCARFACE
1932
dir. Howard Hawks
Richard Rosson
Stars:
Paul Muni
Boris Karloff
MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUEMurders in the…

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