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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: Directed 'Joaquin Alvarez Quintero''s plays "Fortunato" and "The Lady from Alfaqueque" at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England, with John Gielgud (as "Alberto" / "Felipe Rivas"), O.B. Clarence, Ann Trevor, Margaret Webster, John Fernald and Anthony Ireland in the cast. 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:

The painful last years of his life in Hollywood, where he was one of the few celebrities to live openly acknowledging his homosexuality, were depicted by Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998). See more »

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Darkly comic sense of humor See more »

Star Sign:

Cancer

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