Photo of James Whale
Photo of James Whale

James Whale

“Hollywood is just too marvelous. One feels the footprints of all the immortals are here, but has a terrible feeling that they are in sand and won’t last when civilization comes this way.”

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    JAMES WHALE United States, 1932

    No other films in Universal’s 1930s cycle of monster movies could touch those directed by James Whale. Made between his two Frankenstein pictures, The Old Dark House might just be his greatest film: funny, gripping, and oozing gothic atmosphere, it’s a bracingly modern work of genre self-awareness.


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