The e-book covers strange and sometimes awesome components of horror movie historical past: (1) The harrowingly tragic lifetime of Dracula's major girl, Helen Chandler, as in detail remembered through her sister-in-law. (2) John Barrymore's 1931 horror cars Svengali and The Mad Genius, and their rejection by means of the general public. (3) The disastrous capturing of 1933's Murders within the Zoo, possibly the main racy of all Pre-Code horror movies. (4) A candid interview with the son of mythical horror superstar Lionel Atwill. (5) The censorship battles of 1 extra River, as waged by way of Frankenstein director James Whale. (6) The adventures (and misadventures) of Boris Karloff as a celeb at Warner Bros. (7) The level and monitor types of the horror/comedy Arsenic and previous Lace. (8) construction diaries of the horror noirs Cat humans and The Curse of the Cat humans. (9) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf guy revisited. (10) Horror propaganda: The creation of Hitler's Madman. (11) Horror superstar John Carradine and the increase and fall of his Shakespearean Repertory corporation. (12) The surprise! Theatre tv phenomenon. And (13) A Tribute to Carl Laemmle, Jr., manufacturer of the unique common horror classics, together with an interview along with his female friend of just about forty years.
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Geraldine Chandler remembered that Helen’s “fun and free-spirited” functionality used to be greatly like Helen’s personal character. in the meantime, Helen is operating on Poverty Row—e. g. , Mayfair’s 1933 Alimony insanity. • 1933: Helen, who continually dreamed of enjoying Alice in Wonderland, assessments for the position in Paramount’s all-star motion picture model. She loses to Charlotte Henry, who may additionally play Bo-Peep in Babes in Toyland (1934). • Late 1933: Rumor claims that John Barrymore will revive Hamlet on the Hollywood Bowl, and Helen will play Ophelia. very likely as a result of own issues of either stars, the creation by no means opens. Barrymore and Helen do co-star in lengthy misplaced Father (RKO, 1934), directed by way of Ernest B. Schoedsack of King Kong popularity. • 1934: Helen and Cyril Hume divorce. • Thursday, Valentine’s Day, 1935: Helen marries Bramwell Fletcher on the Riverside Church in ny. They’d already starred jointly in Broadway’s those in 1934; they might act jointly in such long island performs as girl helpful circulate (1936), with Helen within the name position and either stars in Asian make-up. • 1935: 3 British motion pictures starring Helen are published, together with It’s a big gamble, co-scripted through mythical horror-fantasy author Curt Siodmak and that includes a pre–Hollywood George Zucco. • 1936: Helen proves what an excellent degree comedienne she is within the screwball comedy Boy Meets lady, enjoying dumb-blonde Susie. She essays the function in London in 1936 (with husband Bramwell Fletcher) and at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theatre in 1937. • Wednesday, December nine, 1936: Helen opens on Broadway within the play The Holmeses of Baker highway as “Shirley Holmes”—Sherlock’s crack-shot daughter! • Monday, April 19, 1937: Helen co-stars with Joe E. Brown on Cecil B. DeMille’s Lux Radio Theatre broadcast “Alibi Ike. ” • Tuesday, February 15, 1938: Grand nationwide releases Mr. Boggs Steps Out. It performs usually double gains and is Helen’s final movie. • Thursday, December 22, 1938: Helen stars in successful Broadway revival of Outward certain, reprising her function from the 1930 movie. Bramwell Fletcher stars, Vincent cost is within the solid, and Otto Preminger directs. it is going to be Helen’s final Broadway exhibit. She and Fletcher will divorce almost immediately afterwards. • Summer, 1940: Helen enters l. a. Crescenta Sanitarium in l. a. after discomfort a worried breakdown. Her father tells the click the suspect tale that Helen suffers from an extraordinary illness and has spent her fortune looking out the realm for a therapy. • Thursday, April 24, 1941: The Hollywood Reporter writes that Lillian Gish is easily out of the forged of women in Retirement at Columbia, and that Helen Chandler (whom Darryl Zanuck had defined 11 years earlier than as “a younger Lillian Gish”) is the head candidate to interchange her. The Reporter notes that Helen had arrived in Hollywood through aircraft from manhattan the former evening and may movie exams that morning. although, Ida Lupino, Elsa Lanchester and Edith Barrett will win the 3 woman prime roles in women in Retirement. • July three, 1941: Helen co-stars with Joe E.