Karloff and the East

Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern and Oceanian Characters and Subjects in His Screen Career

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About the Book

Among Golden Age Hollywood film stars of European heritage known for playing characters from the East—Chinese, Southeast Asians, Indians and Middle Easterners—Anglo-Indian actor Boris Karloff had deep roots there. Based on extensive new research, this biography and career study of Karloff’s “eastern” films provides a critical examination of 41 features, including many overlooked early roles, and offers fresh perspective on a cinematic luminary so often labeled a “horror icon.” Films include The Lightning Raider (1919), 14 silent films from the 1920s, The Unholy Night (1929), The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), The Mummy (1932), John Ford’s The Lost Patrol (1934), the Mr. Wong series (1938–1940), Targets (1968), and Isle of the Snake People (1971), one of six titles released posthumously.

About the Author(s)

Scott Allen Nollen was educated in film and history at the University of Iowa. He has written and edited more than 40 books on the history of film, literature and music.

Researcher Yuyun Yuningsih Nollen, a native of Java, served as special “Eastern adviser” on this project.

Bibliographic Details

Scott Allen Nollen with Yuyun Yuningsih Nollen
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 145 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2020
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8063-7
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4086-0
Imprint: McFarland