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Boris Karloff: A Critical Account of His Screen, Stage, Radio, Television and Recording Work Paperback – September 10, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0786440733 ISBN-10: 0786440732 Edition: Paperback

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  • Paperback: 487 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; Paperback edition (September 10, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786440732
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786440733
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Already the subject of several fan-oriented biographies and "films-of" accounts (e.g., Richard Bojarsky's The Films of Boris Karloff , LJ 10/1/74), beloved Hollywood character actor Karloff is ill-served by this quasi-scholarly monograph. Horror buff Nollen concentrates on Karloff's "terror" films (less than a third of the actor's movie work), with other film, stage, and broadcast appearances mentioned only in passing or relegated to the extensive bibliographies in the back matter. Nollen has little to say about Karloff the man or his craft as an actor. Much of the "critical" portion of this book involves Nollen's opinions about Hollywood filmmaking and the horror genre, interspersed with quotes from other critics. The endless movie plot descriptions and trivial digressions make for dull reading. The foreword, by Ray Bradbury, is reprinted from Forrest J. Ackerman's out-of-print Frankenscience Monster (Ace Bks., 1969).
- Anne Sharpe, Ypsi lanti Dist. Lib., Mich .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"A fascinating read." --Midnight Marquee<br /><br />"Concentrates on Karloff's 'terror' films...extensive bibliographies. --Library Journal<br /><br />"Useful." --Choice

"Useful." --Choice

"A fascinating read." --Midnight Marquee

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Scott Allen Nollen is a historian, musician and occasional filmmaker who has written and edited over 40 books on the history of the cinema, popular music and literature. He received his BA in Film and Honors History and MA in United States and Modern European History from the University of Iowa. His two books on Hollywood icon Boris Karloff are considered definitive: "Boris Karloff" (McFarland, 1991) was written with the participation of Karloff's widow, Evelyn, while "Boris Karloff: A Gentleman's Life" (Midnight Marquee, 1999), is an authorized biography written with the full collaboration of Karloff's daughter, Sara Jane. Nollen's other books include studies of Laurel and Hardy, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, and the Robin Hood Legends. He also has co-written books on Vincent Price, Peter Lorre and Peter Cushing. His 2001 book, "Jethro Tull" (McFarland), written with the participation of the band, was nominated as Best Rock/R&B book by the Association for Recorded Sound. His book "Paul Robeson: Film Pioneer" (McFarland)is the first book-length study of the groundbreaking cinema work of this famed Renaissance Man. Nollen's most recent books are "Three Bad Men: John Ford, John Wayne, Ward Bond" (McFarland, 2013) and "Glenda Farrell: Hollywood's Hardboiled Dame" (Midnight Marquee; forthcoming in 2014). Nollen began making amateur films in 1976, at the age of 13. In 2005, he co-starred, wrote, produced and directed the feature film "Lofty" with Ryan C. Baumbach. Among the cast are L.A. actors Larry Laverty and Amelia Beaugard. Nollen's continued interest in Boris Karloff is reflected in "Kreating Karloff" (2006), starring and directed by actor Conor Timmis, whose documentary film, "Finnigan's War" (2013) features another screenplay co-written by Nollen. Nollen's main interests are Hollywood film, classical, jazz, blues, folk and classic rock music, United States and British History, and the Civil Rights era.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Howard Nicholas on August 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is the first of Nollen's books that I read--a comprehensive discussion of the best work of the great Boris Karloff, including all his major "terror films." Written over two decades, with the participation of Karloff's widow and many colleagues, this is the best scholarly critique of Karloff's films, plus an excellent general biography. For THE BEST biography of Karloff, see Nollen's second Karloff book, BORIS KARLOFF: A GENTLEMAN'S LIFE, soon to be reprinted by Luminary Press. Karloff and classic film films, get both Nollen books--THIS ONE is the best one on the films, and GENTLEMAN'S LIFE is the best on the life + great stuff on the films. This book is massive, has many great and rare photos from the author's collection, and is beautifully bound. McFarland books are a bit expensive, but this one is worth every penny.
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