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Karloff and Lugosi: The Story of a Haunting Collaboration, with a Complete Filmography of Their Films Together

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The duo of Bela Lugosis Count Dracula and Boris Karloffs Frankensteins monster made some of Hollywoods most eccentric product. Equally striking was their odd, moving, ultimately tragic personal relationship. This book examines their work and personal lives and that relationship. Supporting the biographical narrative are complete production histories of their eight collabor ...more
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Published January 1st 1990 by McFarland & Company
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Jason Reeser
Nov 20, 2009 Jason Reeser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First and foremost, this book will thrill die-hard fans of the 'Golden Age' of Hollywood. Even if you are not the biggest fan of either actor, this book is so filled to overflowing with anecdotes and production notes of actors and directors and film studios that you cannot but be fascinated by it all.
As long as this book was, and it is very long, I enjoyed every bit of it. I knew very little about either Karloff or Lugosi before I started this, and now know more about them than most actors. Mank
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Monkey Paul Wilson
Surprisingly in-depth and touching biography/career overview on the two "Kings of Horror." As someone who has seen most of their classic works, I knew very little about the men's personal lives, especially of note was their role in creating the Screen Actors Guild, which was prompted heavily by Whale's abuse of Karoff in the original Frankenstein (he made Karloff urinate in a bucket and carry Colin Clive up a hill multiple times out of spite. What a dick!)

Universal horror was probably my first "
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David
May 06, 2012 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite simply the best biographical book I've had the pleasure of reading. The rivalry between the two stars is vividly told in all it's detail. Sad to read about the decline of the once great Bela Lugosi compared with the meteoric rise of Boris Karloff. A riveting read you won't be able to put down once you've started!
Bea
This terrific book is the product of decades of interviews and correspondence by the author with the families, friends, and colleagues of Lugosi and Karloff. While the focus of the book is on the films the two actors made together and the so-called "rivalry" between the two, you get so much more. There is more or less a complete biography of both men with at least a mention of every film by each made after they catapulted to stardom in 1931. Some of the key solo films (Dracula, Frankenstein, The ...more
Jim Dooley
Jul 09, 2013 Jim Dooley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although they only starred in eight films together, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi were Hollywood's Masters of Menace. This book explores the film lives of the twosome, giving their appearances together special attention.

Stories have been ripe through the years of Lugosi detesting Karloff, an assertion vehemently denied by Bela Lugosi, Jr. This book doesn't lay the rivalry question to rest, but it does give a balanced presentation, especially through interviews.

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Kyle Burley
Oct 17, 2014 Kyle Burley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best film-books I've read in recent years. More of an overview of two highly contrasting careers than a conventional biography. Best of all, it is very generous in it's treatment Of Bela Lugosi, an extraordinary actor who is, too often, dismissed as a tragic hack. As for Karloff, everybody knows that he was one of the best character actors in the history of movies and this work just confirms this assessment. An interesting book all around and a joy for fans.
Dean
Apr 06, 2012 Dean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is full of some really great personal information about Bela and Boris and thier suppolsed "Feud" though the years. if you are a Fan or even just a horror movie fan, this is a great and gratifying read by someone who put a LOT of work into it, this is no mere trifle.
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