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2 di 5 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle 2 volume set of WOMEN are tops! 1 novembre 2004
Di DodgyUSA - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
The two volumes of WOMEN IN HORROR FILMS (1930s and 1940s) are a wonderful addition to the serious horror collection.

Both volumes are constantly referred to in my writing on the subject of the Golden Age of Horror.

Tops in research is Mr. Mank

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1 di 2 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Women In Horror Films, 1940's 23 maggio 2010
Di Howard A. Peretti - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Gregory W. Mank's Book is the last word on this subject. I found the section on the talented and lovely Evelyn Ankers most illuminating. I strongly recommend this book for any fan of the genre.
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5.0 su 5 stelle Well worth the money. 18 agosto 2014
Di John D Stewart - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this book thoroughly.
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5.0 su 5 stelle ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS ON CLASSIC HORROR 12 agosto 2005
Di Tim Janson - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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When you think of the great names of classic horror films you naturally think of Karloff, Lugosi, Chaney Jr., Lorre, Whale; but in Women in Horror Films, 1930's, film historian Gregory W. Mank gives the women their due. What would a horror film be without a beautiful heroine to terrorize, or to become the monster herself? Mank spotlights the actresses who would co-star in some of the greatest horror films in history: Dracula, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House, The Black Cat, Bride of Frankenstein, Freaks, King Kong, and many more. Mank personally interviewed many of these women before their passing to get their thoughts and unique insight on these famous films. The women are presented in chronological order of the release date of the film they are most well known for.

First up is Helen Chandler, the beautiful Mina and object of Bela Lugosi's desire in Dracula. Chandler would unfortunately be badly burned in a fire in the 1950's and become a recluse. She would pass away in the mid-1960s in obscurity. Her cremated ashes would go unclaimed from a chapel storage vault in Los Angeles.

Mae Clarke provided 1930's audiences with one of the most terrifying scenes in history, playing Elizabeth, the fiancée to Dr. Frankenstein. As she is getting ready for her wedding, the monster attacks her in her room. It's still a powerful scene over seventy years later.

One of the most interesting interviews and chapters features Marilyn Harris. Harris played the little girl who is inadvertently drowned by the Frankenstein Monster. She relates how Karloff tried to lead a bit of a revolt to get James Whale to change the scene and not kill the girl. This scene would be cut from the film for decades after. Whale would take revenge on the rebellious Karloff by making him do several retakes of the scene where he has to carry Colin Clive up the windmill stairs, thus injury Karloff's back. Harris goes on to relate her own life story of growing up as an adopted child of mother who cruelly abused her and only wanted her to be a movie star due to her own failed attempts at stardom.

Gloria Stewart talks about the making of "The Old Dark House" which would create its own sub-genre of horror films in the 30's and 40's. Boasting a cast of Karloff, Ernest Thesiger, Melvyn Douglas and Charles Laughton, Stewart talks about working with the great James Whale and the famous scene where she is accosted by the mute, beast-like butler Morgan (Karloff).

Fay Wray has to be considered the very first scream queen. While most of these women starred in only one or two horror films, Wray starred in four between 1932 & 1933 with "Doctor X", "Mystery of the Wax Museum", "The Vampire Bat" and, of course, "King Kong". I would be disillusioned to find out that Wray's lovely, golden blonde hair in King Kong was a wig and that her trademark scream may have actually been voiced by another actress.

Zita Johann provides interesting insight into the 1932 classic, "The Mummy" including her battles with director Karl Freund who had her enter a cage of lions unprotected in the Christian reincarnation scene, while he was safe in a cage. As with every woman interviewed, she speaks quite highly of Karloff as a polite gentleman.

Lucille Lund had even worse problems with a director on the set of one of my favorite horror films "The Black Cat". After she spurned the advances of director Edgar G. Ulmer, he proceeded to make her life a living hell. In a scene where she is to portray her dead mother inside a glass coffin, she is left hanging for over an hour while the rest of the crew goes to lunch, somewhat fitting when one considers the cruel, nihilistic tone of this film.

One of my favorite actresses to read about was Carroll Borland who created one of the most indelible characters of the 1930's as Luna in "Mark of the Vampire". Her long flowing hair, pale white face and dark eyes would be the inspiration for women such as Vampira and Elvira. Borland, obsessed with Lugosi as a young girl, met the star at the age of 15. Just out of high school she tried out for the role of Luna and only got it when she paid director Tod Browning $150.00!

In addition to these actresses Mank also has chapters on Elsa Lanchester, Valerie Hobson (Bride of Frankenstein), Gloria Holden (Dracula's Daughter), Sideny Fox (Murders in the Rue Morgue) and many more. The enthusiasm that Mank has for his subjects is evident as many of these interviews were conducted years before the publication of this book when Mank was still more fan than professional writer and film historian. Photographs from these classic films are included as well as number of photos taken at the time the interviews were conducted.

It's a marvelous book that pays tribute to many of the women who did their parts to make these films live on for decades. One of the best books on classic horror that I have ever read! Another example of why McFarland Publishing is one of the most dynamic publishers around today.

Reviewed by Tim Janson
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5.0 su 5 stelle ANOTHER GREAT BOOK BY MANK 29 settembre 2005
Di Tim Janson - Pubblicato su Amazon.com
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As in his brilliant Women in Horror Films of the 1930's, author Gregory William Mank provides 21 interviews with some of the women from classic horrors of the 1940's. And this book is nearly as outstanding as the 30's book. I say nearly only because the 1930's produced such pioneering classics of the genre like Frankenstein, King Kong, The Mummy, and Dracula, while in the 1940's, horror films had become almost exclusively "B" films. Mank has meticulously researched not only the films these actresses starred in, but their entire career, providing a filmography for each.

The Beautiful Evelyn Ankers is hailed as the top scream queen of the 1940's, starring in classics like "The Wolfman" and "Ghost of Frankenstein", and not so classics like "Son of Dracula", "The Mad Ghoul" and "Weird Woman." Lon Chaney Jr., always a bit of a gruff individual, delighted in scaring Evelyn when he was in full Jack Pierce Wolfman makeup.

Peggy Moran starred in only one horror, "The Mummy's Hand" which was the first, and best sequel to the 1932 classic. It's interesting to not that Moran actually met actor Tom Tyler, who played the mummy Kharis, out of his mummy makeup due to shooting schedules. Anne Gwynne is another interesting actress who did a number of horror films including "Black Friday", the 1941 "Black Cat" and "House of Frankenstein." Gwynne speaks fondly of "House of Frankenstein", particularly of her scenes with John Carradine who played Dracula. She felt it was one of her best performances.

One of my favorite actresses to read about was the sensuous Louise Albritton. Her most noted role was playing opposite Chaney Jr. in "Son of Dracula", and completely stealing the show. As the morbid southern Belle Kay Caldwell, she actually weds the count but plans on betraying him to live the life immortal with another man. It is Albritton that really carries this film as Chaney was terribly miscast.

While Albritton probably gets the nod for greatest Femme Fatale of the 1940's, the nod for single most chilling scene goes to Virginia Christine. Playing the reincarnated Princess Ananka in "The Mummy's Curse", she rises from the muck and mud of a bayou swamp, looking like a zombie out of a George Romero film. It's a very effective and well done scene.

Other women highlighted in the book include Elena Vedrugo, the beautiful gypsy girl from "House of Frankenstein"; Lenore Aubert from "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein", Simone Simon from Val Lewton's Classi "Cat People" and Jane Adams, who had this distinction of playing the only female hunchback in classic horror history in "House of Dracula".

The book is filled with many great photos from these films as well as many photos of the actresses today. They provide many amusing and informational anecdotes and this book is a must have for fans of classic horror.

Reviewed by Tim Janson