Boris Karloff – Photos and Quotes

“When I was nine I played the demon king in Cinderella and it launched me on a long and happy life of being a monster.”Boris Karloff


Frankenstein Boris Karloff

“This creature of yours should be kept under guard. Mark my words. He will prove dangerous.” — Line from Frankenstein (1931).


Boris Karloff and Mae Clarke in "Frankenstein." Bizarre Los Angeles

Frankenstein (1931). With Mae Clarke.


Boris Karloff Frankenstein

“Horror means something revolting. Anybody can show you a pailful of innards. But the object of the roles I played is not to turn your stomach – but merely to make your hair stand on end.”Boris Karloff


Karloff's Frankenstein monster strangles Colin Clive in "Frankenstein" (1931). Bizarre Los Angeles

Frankenstein (1931). With Colin Clive.


Behind the Mask 1932

Behind the Mask (1932). With Jack Holt and Constance Cummings.


Boris Karloff The Mummy Pierce

Karloff being made up as The Mummy (1932). Jack P. Pierce is the artist at work. The process took eight hours, starting at 11:00 A.M. Once the aged skin look was added to the face and head, Karloff could no longer talk and had to mime.



The Mask of Fu Manchu Karloff Myrna Loy

The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932) trolley card. With Myrna Loy.


The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932). With Myrna Loy and Charles Starrett.


Karloff Black Cat

“You must be indulgent of Dr. Werdegast’s weakness. He is the unfortunate victim of one of the commoner phobias but in an extreme form. He has an intense and all-consuming horror of cats.” — a line from the classic horror movie, The Black Cat (1934). 


The Black Cat Boris Karloff Bela Lugosi

“Come, Vitus. Are we men or are we children? Of what use are all these melodramatic gestures?” – line from The Black Cat (1934). With Bela Lugosi and Lucille Lund.


Bros Karloff The Bride of Frankenstein 1935

“I didn’t begin my stage or my screen career with the idea of becoming a horror character but the chance which led me into that type of role has brought me the things I want and lifted me out of the rut and so long as I remain on the screen, I do not expect to deviate.”Boris Karloff in 1935.

Photo: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)


“My dear old monster. I owe everything to him. He’s my best friend.” – Boris Karloff (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“My dear old monster. I owe everything to him. He’s my best friend.” – Boris Karloff


Boris Karloff and James Whale on the set of The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Bizarre Los Angeles.
With director James Whale.


The Bride of Frankenstein

The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). With Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester, and Ernest Thesiger.


Walking Dead 1936

The Walking Dead (1936). Co-stars Marguerite Churchill. Directed by Michael Curtiz.


Boris Karloff West of Shanghao“Acting has a peculiar appeal for me – the dual appeal of doing parts such as others do, and of achieving odd effects in makeup. At this date, anyhow, I’m not tired of doing either. Their combination forms what is perhaps the ideal way of making one’s living and defeating boredom that would come from retiring from an active life.”Boris Karloff

Source: 1937

Photo: West of Shanghai (1937)


Son of Frankenstein (1939)

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