By Paul M. Jensen
For approximately forty years Boris Karloff was once the King Of Horror. even supposing there are a number of books on Karloff, writer Paul Jensen spent years learning this research of this nice actor. Meticulously targeted and illuminated with candor and affection. contains many images now not present in different books, costs from assets neglected in different biographies and a entire filmography. a truly great tribute-- i'd suggest it to his fans.
1. THE EARLY YEARS: judgements AND improvement (1887-1931) • 09
2. FRANKENSTEIN: the start (1931) • 23
three. THE REIGN OF TERROR (1931-1938) • 47
four. MONSTER INTO FATHER determine (1939-1968) • 115
Bibliography • 173
Filmography • 176
Index To Names • 191
Index To motion pictures • 193
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