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James Whale

Biography

Controversial radio host known for his every week radio show THE BRAND NEW James Whale Radio Display with host Rob Oldfield. He’s also known for his functions on BBC Radio Essex and BBC Radio Kent and he was a contestant on YOUR GOVERNMENT 2016. He became known for his late-night system The Wayne Whale Radio Display in the 1980s, which he later on cut back and revamped in 2013. He’s known for criticizing his guests and was terminated from Talksport in 2008 for breaking impartiality guidelines. He was created in Surrey, Britain to parents David and Anne. He wedded Melinda Whale in 1970. He offers featured popular superstars on his radio display including Derek Acorah, Jodie Marsh and David Icke.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth July 22, 1889
Died May 29, 1957, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth England
Profession Director
Nationality English
Spouse Melinda Whale
Children Peter Whale
Parents Sarah Whale, William Whale
Nominations Venezia Classici Award for Best Restored Film
Movies Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, The Old Dark House, Show Boat, Waterloo Bridge, The Man in the Iron Mask, The Road Back, Remember Last Night?, The Kiss Before the Mirror, Journey's End, One More River, The Great Garrick, Green Hell, By Candlelight, The Impatient Maiden, Wives Under Suspicion, Sinners in Paradise, Hell's Angels, They Dare Not Love, Port of Seven Seas, You May Be Next, Hello Out There
TV Shows The James Whale Radio Show
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1 Four of his films were nominated for AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills: Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and The Man in the Iron Mask (1939). "Frankenstein" made the list at #56.
2 Retired from making films in 1941, except for an Army training film (Personnel Placement in the Army (1942)) and the unreleased Hello Out There (1949).
3 Life partner David Lewis found him dead in Whale's Santa Monica swimming pool; he didn't disclose the suicide note until close to his own death in 1987, leaving Whale's death - up to that time - a mystery.
4 Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 1197-1202. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.
5 Personally responsible for selecting Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster.
6 Because Whale's status as a director at Universal under the Carl Laemmle regime grew until he was given total control over his films, many of his films carry the credit "A James Whale Production", even though Whale never actually produced his films; the producing chores were always handled by someone else.
7 The painful last years of his life in Hollywood, where he was one of the few celebrities to live openly acknowledging his homosexuality, were depicted by Ian McKellen in Gods and Monsters (1998).
8 Interred at Forest Lawn, Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum, Columbarium of Memory, Niche #20076.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hello Out There 1949 Short
Personnel Placement in the Army 1942 Documentary short
They Dare Not Love 1941
Green Hell 1940
The Man in the Iron Mask 1939
Port of Seven Seas 1938
Wives Under Suspicion 1938
Sinners in Paradise 1938
The Great Garrick 1937
The Road Back 1937
Show Boat 1936
Remember Last Night? 1935
Bride of Frankenstein 1935
One More River 1934
By Candlelight 1933
The Invisible Man 1933
The Kiss Before the Mirror 1933
The Old Dark House 1932
The Impatient Maiden 1932
Frankenstein 1931
Waterloo Bridge 1931
Hell's Angels 1930 uncredited
Journey's End 1930

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hell's Angels 1930 dialogue stager
The Love Doctor 1929 dialogue director - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You May Be Next! 1936 story - as Henry Wales

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hello Out There 1949 Short

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Waterloo Bridge 1931 uncredited

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Green Hell 1940 producer - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drakul 2015 TV Movie grateful acknowledgment
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk 2014 special thanks
Acid Head: The Buzzard Nuts County Slaughter 2011 special thanks

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Frankenstein Files: How Hollywood Made a Monster 2002 Video documentary Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1934 Special Recommendation Venice Film Festival The Invisible Man (1933)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1936 Mussolini Cup Venice Film Festival Best Foreign Film Show Boat (1936)
1934 Mussolini Cup Venice Film Festival Best Foreign Film By Candlelight (1933)
1934 Mussolini Cup Venice Film Festival Best Foreign Film The Invisible Man (1933)
1932 Audience Referendum Venice Film Festival IN-COMPETITION Frankenstein (1931)

TitleSalary
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) $2,500 per week

#Quote
1 [on Frankenstein (1931)] That queer, penetrating personality of [Boris Karloff]'s was more important than his shape, which could be easily altered.
2 [to Paul Robeson, upon hearing and seeing the "Ol' Man River" sequence in Whale's 1936 film Show Boat (1936)] The spine-chilling effect of that one song was something I shall never forget.
3 [on Boris Karloff] His face fascinated me. I made drawings of his head, adding sharp bony ridges where I imagined the skull might have joined.
4 A director must be pretty bad if he can't get a thrill out of war, murder, robbery.

#Trademark
1 Darkly comic sense of humor
2 Often cast Una O'Connor, Dwight Frye, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff and Gloria Stuart.

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