Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers

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McFarland, Feb 1, 1997 - Performing Arts - 430 pages
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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.
  

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Lugosi was an actor whose fame came mostly from his portrayal of Dracula, and little has been written about him--until now, probabaly owing to Martin Landau's recent OscarR-winning portrayal of Lugosi ... Read full review

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Contents

A Biography
3
Personal Data
39
Residences
42
Lugosi in Court
47
Lugosi in Politics
57
Lugosi the Performer
65
FeatureLength Films
67
Germany
70
Film and Stage Histories
279
Novels and Film Novelizations
284
Published Scripts
286
Quotations from Lugosi
288
Quotations About Lugosi
300
Quotations About Lugosi and Karloff
309
Sources and References
321
Visual Sources
324

United States and United Kingdom
74
Serials
146
Stage Appearances
152
Hungary
153
United States United Kingdom and Canada
165
Vaudeville and Live Appearances
188
Radio Performances
201
Television Appearances
208
Other Celluloid Appearances
212
Newsreels and Short Subjects
215
Unfinished Projects and Canceled Roles
217
III Works By or About Lugosi
227
Reviews Articles and Pamphlets
229
Books
278
Documentary Sources
327
Multimedia Sources
332
Visual References
333
Verbal References
336
Archival Sources
337
IV Critique and Appreciation
339
Image Apparition and Icon
341
Authority Survey
354
Advertising Lugosi
359
Collecting and Merchandising Lugosi
363
Unmasking the Mysteries
370
Index
385
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About the author (1997)

Gary Don Rhodes, a documentary filmmaker, is a professor at the Queen's University, Belfast.

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