James Whale Overview:

Director, James Whale, was born on Jul 22, 1889 in Dudley, England. Whale died at the age of 67 on May 29, 1957 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.



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: The Old Dark House (1932) and The Invisible Man (1933)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 15, 2023 From 4 Star Films

The Old Dark House has a disarming levity that broadsided me at first. , the man who famously gave us Frankenstein, has all of his notable features with the tinges of horror on hand for another ghastly delight, and then he goes and pokes fun at the whole setup. Raymond Massey is instantly... Read full article

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Sep 3, 2014 From The Stop Button

For The Bride of Frankenstein, director Whale takes a contradictory approach. It's either more is more, or less is less. More music, all the time. Franz Waxman's frequently playful music rarely fits its scenes, unless Whale is going for a melodramatic farce, which he really doesn't se... Read full article

The Old Dark House (1932, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 27, 2014 From The Stop Button

The Old Dark House is a strange film about strange people doing strange things. Director Whale and screenwriter Benn W. Levy rarely let the film get a set tone–unless one counts the consistent mix of comedy and horror. It’s not straight comedy; the comic elements tend to be either absurd... Read full article

Mini Tribute: at Work

By Annmarie Gatti on Jul 22, 2014 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Born July 22, 1889 Director ! directed over 20 feature films from 1930 through 1941, most notably three iconic horror classics:?Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He also directed the 1932 Boris Karloff horror flick The Old Dark... Read full article

10 Classic Movies Directed by

By Jennifer Garlen on Jul 22, 2014 From Virtual Virago

Born on July 22, 1889, the English director stands with Tod Browning as one of the most important developers of the 1930s horror genre. Both directors worked to give the iconic Universal horrors their sense of style, but Whale set the bar particularly high with his combination of terror ... Read full article

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Four of his films were nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills: Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1939). "Frankenstein" made the list at #56.

Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Memory, Niche #20076.

Because Whale's status as a director at Universal under the Carl Laemmle regime grew until he was given total control over his films, many of his films carry the credit "A James Whale Production", even though Whale never actually produced his films; the producing chores were always handled by someone else.

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