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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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(10/28) Stage: Appeared (as "Medvedenko") in Anton Chekhov's play, "The Sea-Gull," at the Little Theatre on John Street, in London, England; Adelphi Theatre in London, England; and the Strand Theatre in London, England, with John Gielgud (as "Konstantin"), Miriam Lewes, Valerie Taylor, Randolph McLeod, Hubert Harben, Ralph De ... See more »

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[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 »

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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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