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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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Known For

Frankenstein
Frankenstein Director
(1931)
The Invisible Man
(1933)
The Old Dark House
(1932)

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Other Works:

Stage: Set Designer for R.C. Sherriff's play, "Journey's End", at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, England, with Colin Clive, Maurice Evans, George Zucco and Robert Speaight in the cast. John Whale was the director. See more »

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2 Biographical Movies | 3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Henry Wales
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Personal Quote:

[to Paul Robeson, upon hearing and seeing the "Ol' Man River" sequence in Whale's 1936 film Show Boat (1936)] The spine-chilling effect of that one song was something I shall never forget. See more »

Trivia:

Retired from making films in 1941, except for an Army training film (Personnel Placement in the Army (1942)) and the unreleased Hello Out There (1949). See more »

Trademark:

Darkly comic sense of humor See more »

Nickname:

Jimmy

Star Sign:

Cancer

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