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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:

[on Boris Karloff] His face fascinated me. I made drawings of his head, adding sharp bony ridges where I imagined the skull might have joined. See more »

Trivia:

Life partner David Lewis found him dead in Whale's Santa Monica swimming pool; he didn't disclose the suicide note until close to his own death in 1987, leaving Whale's death - up to that time - a mystery. See more »


Nickname:

Jimmy

Star Sign:

Cancer

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