Happy Birthday, Boris Karloff November 23rd. An Icon of horror cinema, Karloff ranks with Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price as the most recognizable faces. Clearly, he and Chaney are the best actors that the horror genre has had to offer. With more than 150 film appearances, with performances in 7 decades, Karloff’s is a career to be treasured; portrayals, which are subtle yet riveting.
A bit trivia: Boris Karloff was denied the privilege of playing in the classic comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” with Cary Grant, because Broadway producers Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse were concerned that letting the star of the Broadway run would hurt sales; Josephine Hull, Jean Adair and John Alexander, all got time off from the New York play to make the film version, sans Karloff. Raymond Massey played up the part with the running joke that he looked like Boris Karloff; not quite as amusing as Karloff being likened as Karloff on stage.