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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)
Bride of Frankenstein
(1935)
The Invisible Man
(1933)
The Old Dark House
(1932)

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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Violet and One, Two, Three [joint production]. Henry Miller's Theatre: 29 Sep 1930- Nov 1930 (closing date unknown/40 performances). The Violet: Written by Ferenc Molnár. Directed by James Whale. Cast: Johnnie Brewer (as "John") [Broadway debut], Joan Carr (as "Miss Rakolnoki"), Natica De Acosta (as "Miss Roboz"), Ruth ... 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:

[on Frankenstein (1931)] That queer, penetrating personality of [Boris Karloff]'s was more important than his shape, which could be easily altered. See more »

Trivia:

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. See more »

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Darkly comic sense of humor See more »

Nickname:

Jimmy

Star Sign:

Cancer

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