Bela Lugosi in Person Book

Bela Lugosi in Person

  • Author : William M. Kaffenberger Jr.
  • Publisher : BearManor Media
  • Release Date : 2015-06-18
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 422
  • ISBN 10 : 9781593938055

Bela Lugosi in Person Excerpt :

The latest in a series of books by researchers extraordinaire Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger, Bela Lugosi in Person brims with new facts, figures, and never-seen photos documenting the actor’s scores of live public performances from 1931 to 1945, the era of his greatest fame. Three-act plays, vaudeville sketches, variety shows, and personal appearances are all chronicled at length, bringing new perspective to Lugosi’s life and career.

No Traveler Returns  The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi Book

No Traveler Returns The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi

  • Author : Gary D. Rhodes
  • Publisher : BearManor Media
  • Release Date : 2016-03-10
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

No Traveler Returns The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi Excerpt :

“Gary Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger have added the final chapter to Bela Lugosi’s career, combining fascinating unknown details of his film and stage activities with post-WWII film history. Superbly researched and written as an engrossing story of an actor’s struggle against professional decline. A must-read!” – Robert Cremer, author of Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape (Henry Regnery, 1976). “Gary Rhodes represents that elusive Gold Standard in narrative research into the full depth and breadth of Bela Lugosi’s complicated career. Rhodes’ devotion to the banishment of myth, and to its replacement with frank and humanizing truth, has provided a wealth of historical storytelling that, in turn, renders the actor’s known body of work all the more fascinating and comprehensible. Just when I catch myself believing I know all there is to be known about Lugosi — along comes Gary Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger with a fresh brace of revelations. The process advances immeasurably in No Traveler Returns: The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi.” – Michael H. Price, coauthor of the Forgotten Horrors series. In No Traveler Returns, Bela Lugosi scholar extraordinaire Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger provide a fascinating time travel journey back to the late 1940s/early 1950s, when Lugosi – largely out of favor in Hollywood – embarked on a Gypsy-like existence of vaudeville, summer stock, and magic shows. While many historians have considered this era a limbo in Lugosi’s career, with precious few facts unearthed, Rhodes and Kaffenberger take the reader along for a wide-eyed ride as Bela performs in a nightclub so notorious that armed guards keep watch on the roof, dresses as Dracula in a magic show where he and a gorilla (a man in a suit) play football with the guillotined head of a woman (a dummy), and races from one stock engagement to another without ever missing a cue. Never in his American career was Bela so busy, and never did his light shine so brightly a

Lugosi Book


  • Author : Gary Don Rhodes
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 1997-02-01
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 430
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786427659

Lugosi Excerpt :

He was born Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882, in Hungary. He joined Budapest's National Theater in 1913 and later appeared in several Hungarian films under the pseudonym Arisztid Olt. After World War I, he helped the Communist regime nationalize Hungary's film industry, but barely escaped arrest when the government was deposed, fleeing to the United States in 1920. As he became a star in American horror films in the 1930s and 1940s, publicists and fan magazines crafted outlandish stories to create a new history for Lugosi. The cinema's Dracula was transformed into one of Hollywood's most mysterious actors. This exhaustive account of Lugosi's work in film, radio, theater, vaudeville and television provides an extensive biographical look at the actor. The enormous merchandising industry built around him is also examined.

Becoming Dracula  The Early Years of Bela Lugosi  Volume 2 Book

Becoming Dracula The Early Years of Bela Lugosi Volume 2

  • Author : Gary D. Rhodes
  • Publisher : BearManor Media
  • Release Date : 2021-11-15
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

Becoming Dracula The Early Years of Bela Lugosi Volume 2 Excerpt :

The cobwebs of time and space are finally cleared. Drawing on years of research across four countries, excavating and analyzing thousands of yellowed documents in archives as well as every digitized source, Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger shine light from their candelabrum onto a long-forgotten past, onto the creation of a legend. Becoming Dracula is a two-volume biography covering Bela Lugosi’s life from his birth to 1930, when he first played the famous vampire on screen. “Dracula left his native land and crossed the waters by ship in search of fresh killing fields. Bela Lugosi headed for America not looking for blood but for a fresh start. Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger, with their usual precise and careful scholarship, chronicle Lugosi’s attempts to establish himself on stage and screen in his new homeland. While fans might think they are familiar with this period in Bela’s life, this excellently written book will provide them with many surprises and an astonishing amount of detail.” – Henry Nicolella, author of Frank Wisbar (McFarland, 2017) and Many Selves: The Horror and Fantasy Films of Paul Wegener (BearManor Media, 2017) “By presenting a staggering wealth of well researched details, Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger create not only the context but the humanity of Lugosi becoming Dracula. Their portrait-in-words is nuanced, revealing and sympathetic, but still preserves the mystery and majesty of this most charismatic of actors. They introduce the reader to the Hungarian-American subculture in which Lugosi found himself when he arrived on the shores of the United States. Lugosi was initially the big fish in that small pond, but the authors portray his emergence into the vast ocean of Broadway and Hollywood and the fascination Lugosi created with his unique presence there.” – Steve Haberman, screenwriter of Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) and author of Silent Screams: The History of the Silent Horror Film (Midnight Marquee,

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff Book
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Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff

  • Author : Gregory William Mank
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2010-03-08
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 701
  • ISBN 10 : 9780786454723

Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff Excerpt :

Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster are horror cinema icons, and the actors most deeply associated with the two roles also shared a unique friendship. Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff starred in dozens of black-and-white horror films, and over the years managed to collaborate on and co-star in eight movies. Through dozens of interviews and extensive archival research, this greatly expanded new edition examines the Golden Age of Hollywood, the era in which both stars worked, recreates the shooting of Lugosi and Karloff’s mutual films, examines their odd and moving personal relationship and analyzes their ongoing legacies. Features include a fully detailed filmography of the eight Karloff and Lugosi films, full summaries of both men’s careers and more than 250 photographs, some in color.

Lugosi   The Rise and Fall of Hollywood   s Dracula Book
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Lugosi The Rise and Fall of Hollywood s Dracula

  • Author : Koren Shadmi
  • Publisher : Humanoids, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2021-09-28
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels
  • Pages : 161
  • ISBN 10 : 9781643376615

Lugosi The Rise and Fall of Hollywood s Dracula Excerpt :

A biography chronicling the tumultuous personal and professional life of horror icon Bela Lugosi.

Classical Hollywood Narrative Book

Classical Hollywood Narrative

  • Author : Jane Gaines
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 351
  • ISBN 10 : 0822312999

Classical Hollywood Narrative Excerpt :

An overview of film studies

The Immortal Count Book

The Immortal Count

  • Author : Arthur Lennig
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2013-07-24
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813143767

The Immortal Count Excerpt :

In the 1931 film Dracula, Bela Lugosi set the standard for horror film villainy. Though many actors have donned the cape since that first production, remnants of Hungarian-born Lugosi's portrayal continue to surface in popular culture -- from highly prized memorabilia to a character on Sesame Street. After a decade of trying vainly to broaden his range, Lugosi gave up his ambitions and began to support himself with roles that were all in some way a variation of the first. Ultimately, Lugosi became a sad parody of his former self, and the last years of his life were marked by financial crises, family turmoil, and drug addiction. Offering new insights into the films and personality of an actor who could not overcome Hollywood typecasting, The Immortal Count is the definitive account of Lugosi's tragic life.

Queer Cinema in America  An Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Films  Characters  and Stories Book

Queer Cinema in America An Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Films Characters and Stories

  • Author : Aubrey Malone
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • Release Date : 2019-11-30
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 335
  • ISBN 10 : 9781440867163

Queer Cinema in America An Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Films Characters and Stories Excerpt :

This reference helps readers navigate the perilous odyssey those of an LGBTQ orientation had to face in an age less enlightened than our own, when an attraction to members of the same gender could lead to horrendous abuse. A timeline highlights key events in LGBTQ cinema history. An introduction overviews the history of queer cinema in America. Alphabetically arranged reference entries provide fundamental and critical information about films, directors, actors, themes, and other topics related to queer cinema in America. Fascinating anecdotes bring LGBTQ cinema history to life. Sidebars provide interesting trivia. Entry bibliographies direct readers to additional sources of information.

Bela Lugosi  Midnight Marquee Actors Series Revised Book

Bela Lugosi Midnight Marquee Actors Series Revised

  • Author : Gary J. Svehla
  • Publisher : Midnight Marquee & BearManor Media
  • Release Date : 2019-05-27
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 978186723xxxx

Bela Lugosi Midnight Marquee Actors Series Revised Excerpt :

Since Bela Lugosi was the very first book published by Midnight Marquee Press, Inc. in 1995, and had been sold out for several years, we felt it was time to revise our best-selling title. We decided to inaugurate the Midnight Marquee Actors Series with horror film icon Bela Lugosi. The first reason was the fact that Lugosi is one of our favorite legends of the Golden Age of Horror Films. And the second reason is that the 1990s appeared to be the decade of his rebirth and rediscovery. With the release of pristine copies of Universal horror classics in attractively packaged, low-priced DVDs, the continued interest in cult writer/director Edward D. Wood, Jr. and the artistic triumph of Tim Burton s Ed Wood, which features Bela Lugosi (distorted history noted), a new generation of film fan was being introduced to the legendary bogeyman. As our writers attest, Lugosi was a very gifted actor, who appeared in only a handful of well-produced, quality vehicles, but whose reputation has mushroomed far beyond the movies in which he sometimes had to appear. But even the worst Lugosi film is better than most of the dreck passing for horror films today. What better star with which to start our Midnight Marquee Actors Series? And what better star to deserve a new revised and updated edition?

The Very Witching Time of Night Book
Score: 4
From 5 Ratings

The Very Witching Time of Night

  • Author : Gregory William Mank
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2014-05-23
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 444
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476615431

The Very Witching Time of Night Excerpt :

The book covers unusual and often surprising areas of horror film history: (1) The harrowingly tragic life of Dracula’s leading lady, Helen Chandler, as intimately remembered by her sister-in-law. (2) John Barrymore’s 1931 horror vehicles Svengali and The Mad Genius, and their rejection by the public. (3) The disastrous shooting of 1933’s Murders in the Zoo, perhaps the most racy of all Pre-Code horror films. (4) A candid interview with the son of legendary horror star Lionel Atwill. (5) The censorship battles of One More River, as waged by Frankenstein director James Whale. (6) The adventures (and misadventures) of Boris Karloff as a star at Warner Bros. (7) The stage and screen versions of the horror/comedy Arsenic and Old Lace. (8) Production diaries of the horror noirs Cat People and The Curse of the Cat People. (9) Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man revisited. (10) Horror propaganda: The production of Hitler’s Madman. (11) Horror star John Carradine and the rise and fall of his Shakespearean Repertory Company. (12) The Shock! Theatre television phenomenon. And (13) A Tribute to Carl Laemmle, Jr., producer of the original Universal horror classics, including an interview with his lady friend of almost 40 years.

It Came from the 80s  Book

It Came from the 80s

  • Author : Francesco Borseti
  • Publisher : McFarland
  • Release Date : 2016-08-12
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 300
  • ISBN 10 : 9781476666044

It Came from the 80s Excerpt :

From their heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, B movies declined in popularity through the 1970s. As the big Hollywood studios began to make genre films with sky-high budgets, independent producers of low-budget movies could not compete in theaters. The sale of American International Pictures in 1979 and New World Pictures in 1983 marked the end of an era. The emergence of home video in the 1980s marked the beginning of a new phase, as dozens of B movies were produced each year for the small screen, many becoming cult classics of science fiction, horror and fantasy. Through numerous interviews with producers, directors, photographers and actors, this book sheds light on an overlooked corner of film history with behind-the-scenes stories of 28 low-budget favorites from the 1980s.

Contested Culture Book

Contested Culture

  • Author : Jane M. Gaines
  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Release Date : 2000-11-09
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 360
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807861646

Contested Culture Excerpt :

Jane M. Gaines examines the phenomenon of images as property, focusing on the legal staus of mechanically produced visual and audio images from popular culture. Bridging the fields of critical legal studies and cultural studies, she analyzes copyright, trademark, and intellectual property law, asking how the law constructs works of authorship and who owns the country's cultural heritage.

Night of Dracula Book

Night of Dracula

  • Author : Christopher Schildt
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2002-05-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780743443777

Night of Dracula Excerpt :

"Good evening. I am...Dracula." From the night-cloaked mountains of Transylvania he comes, a sinister figure whose very name is synonymous with the Living Dead. But in the gleaming urban landscapes of the twenty-first century, who truly believes in the bloodthirsty superstitions of the past? Surely there are no such things as vampires, not in this day and age. Or are there? As a mysterious stranger moves among us, pursuing his own unfathomable agenda while feasting upon the throbbing veins of the captivated women who fall irresistibly under his spell, ancient legends prove all too accurate -- and the most celebrated vampire of them all haunts the night once more! Featuring an original introduction by Bela Lugosi Jr., son of the silver screen's greatest Dracula!