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James Whale (I) (1889–1957)


James Whale, who grew up poor in an English mining town, learned to put on plays in a World War I German POW camp. Postwar theatre work took him to the London stage, then Broadway, then a contract with Paramount, as dialog director for Howard Hughes' Hell's Angels (1930). He began his contribution to the horror film genre with his move to ... See full bio »

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Stage Play: Hand in Glove. Thriller. Written by Charles Freeman and Gerald Savory. Based on the novel "Hughie Roddis" by Gerald Savory. Directed by James Whale [final Broadway credit]. Playhouse Theatre (moved to The Forrest Theatre from 25 Dec 1944- close): 4 Dec 1944= 6 Jan 1945 (40 performances). Cast: St. Clair Bayfield (as "Mr. ... See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 4 Articles | See more »

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Henry Wales
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A director must be pretty bad if he can't get a thrill out of war, murder, robbery. See more »

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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. See more »

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Darkly comic sense of humor See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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