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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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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 | 4 Articles | See more »

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