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Boris Karloff in Thriller
Posted on 11.29.09 by Widge @ 10:44 pm
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Boris Karloff in Thriller

Okay, so I've had fun hanging out with Boris for this past week. Hope you have, too. Thanks again to Frankensteinia for hosting the Karloff Blogathon. And if you want more Boris, make sure you check out the myriad other sites that have been posting like mad all week. Now I'm going to take this opportunity to dip back into the horrific and creepy and such because, well, I can't help myself.

First up, it's a promo that Karloff hosts for his show, Thriller, which aired on NBC in the early 1960s. Check it out:
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Boris Karloff in The House of Rothschild
Posted on 11.28.09 by Widge @ 9:05 pm
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Boris Karloff in The House of Rothschild

We're still in 1934 with Karloff as part of Day Six of the Karloff Blogathon. And yes, no horror here--instead he's in a historical drama and a film that was nominated for Best Picture. Karloff has second billing behind George Arliss. And even if you weren't interested in this picture as a bit of Karloff history--and if you're not then fie upon you--check out the final bit of the film, where it switches to Technicolor--an early usage of the color process.

What's odd is that the film does not appear to be in print...not even on used VHS. I had to go to eBay to find what look to be home brew burned DVDs. Weird. Anyway, you can certainly watch it here. Enjoy.
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Boris Karloff in The Lost Patrol
Posted on 11.27.09 by Widge @ 10:05 pm
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Boris Karloff in Lost Patrol

Again, I love this stuff because I get an excuse to share Karloff that doesn't really fit in the 32 Days of Halloween vein. Thanks to the Karloff Blogathon folks for that.

So here he is directed by John Ford in The Lost Patrol from 1934. It stars Karloff as secondary lead to Victor McLaglen, who would later wind up with an Oscar nom for The Quiet Man. It also has Reginald Denny, Wallace Ford, and Alan Hale's in it, too--i.e., the father of the Skipper from Gilligan's Island. Enjoy.
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Boris Karloff is Dr. Fu Manchu
Posted on 11.27.09 by Widge @ 2:47 pm
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Boris Karloff as Dr. Fu Manchu

Sorry about missing yesterday's Karloff post. Turkey Day and doing business got in the way. I'm going to double up today for Boris Karloff Blogathon Day Five, however. And to begin with, we have Karloff playing the titular character in The Mask of Dr. Fu Manchu, from 1932. And yes, Myrna Loy is on hand to play his daughter.
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Boris Karloff as Mr. Wong
Posted on 11.25.09 by Widge @ 11:51 pm
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Boris Karloff as Mr. Wong

Boris Karloff, while still involved in the Frankenstein franchise, was also working in between the films. Like, for example, playing the part of detective James Lee Wong in five films based on the character who appeared in Collier's Magazine. Submitted for your viewing pleasure as part of Day 3 of the Boris Karloff Blogathon, we have a double feature of the first two films: Mr. Wong, Detective and The Mystery of Mr. Wong. Enjoy. And if you would like to snag all the films on DVD, they're available in one collection here.

But please bear in mind before watching: these films are roughly seventy years old and in some ways more than others, shall we say, it shows.
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Boris Karloff Reads Rudyard Kipling
Posted on 11.24.09 by Widge @ 11:07 pm
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Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, read by Boris Karloff

It's Day 2 of the Boris Karloff Blogathon. And when you think of Karloff, no doubt you think of horror movies. But when you think of, say, Karloff and kids, you probably think of The Grinch. (Because I'm sure all of our readers know that Karloff was the narrator on that particular gem.) But Karloff did more than that...he recorded Rudyard Kipling's "Just So Stories" for Caedmon. And they're fantastic.

To illustrate this, after the jump, there's a dramatic interpretation of "How the Rhinoceros Got Its Skin," which I find terribly amusing.
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Happy Birthday, Boris Karloff!
Posted on 11.23.09 by Widge @ 7:12 pm
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Boris Karloff and friend

So it's Boris Karloff's 122nd birthday today. And Frankensteinia, your one-stop shop for everything dealing with...well, you figure it out, has called a party. And we're never ones to turn down A) a party or 2) Boris Karloff. As we've evidenced for three freaking years with our annual 32 Days of Halloween celebration. Anyway, it's the Boris Karloff Blogathon. And it's running today through this Sunday. And we plan on knocking out some Karloffian goodness to celebrate. I hope you brought some chips.

I would say a good place to mine the depths of our previous Karloff posts is our Boris Karloff tag. But if I had to pick some favorites to get you started, I would go with:

And after the break we dug up something else for you. Enjoy.

Update: Damn, they've taken the documentary down. If anybody finds the Karloff docu again, please let me know.
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