45 Facts About James Whale

1. James Whale watching is a popular pastime along many coasts, including California, Hawaii and New England.

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2. On May 29, 1957, James Whale was found drowned in his pool at the age of 67.

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3. James Whale still accepted bits of directorial work here and there, including volunteer work on an Army training film, and a brief return to Broadway directing the thriller "Hand in Glove" in 1944.

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4. James Whale chose wisely, indeed, when he requested "Frankenstein", based on the novella by Mary Shelly.

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5. At this point, James Whale became the epitome of a man in the right place at the right time.

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6. James Whale directed a dozen movies for Universal Studios between 1930 and 1936, developing a style influenced by German Expressionism.

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7. James Whale lived in Hollywood for the rest of his life with his longtime companion, producer David Lewis.

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8. James Whale was an English movie director, theatre director, and actor.

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9. James Whale was born in England on a Monday, July 22, 1889.

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10. James Whale finally was given a first-rate property to work on at United Artists, where he made The Man in the Iron Mask, adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas pere known in English by the same title.

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11. James Whale is credited with being the first director to use a 360-degree panning shot in a feature film, included in Frankenstein.

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12. James Whale was a particular admirer of the films of Paul Leni, combining as they did elements of gothic horror and comedy.

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13. James Whale returned in 1954 permanently, and Whale installed him as manager of a gas station that he owned.

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14. James Whale was offered the occasional job, including the opportunity to direct Since You Went Away for David O Selznick, but turned them down.

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15. James Whale protested to PCA enforcer Joseph Breen, arguing that the film gave an "untrue and distorted picture of the German people".

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16. James Whale had resisted making a sequel to Frankenstein as he feared being pigeonholed as a horror director.

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17. James Whale chose Frankenstein, mostly because none of Universal's other properties particularly interested him and he wanted to make something other than a war picture.

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18. James Whale was assigned as "dialogue director" for a film called The Love Doctor.

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19. James Whale sold two cartoons to the Bystander in 1919 but was unable to secure a permanent position.

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20. James Whale developed a talent for poker, and after the war he cashed in the chits and IOUs from his fellow prisoners to serve as a nest egg.

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21. James Whale was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Worcestershire Regiment in July 1916.

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22. James Whale used his additional income to pay for evening classes at the Dudley School of Arts and Crafts.

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23. James Whale lived in Hollywood for the rest of his life, most of that time with his longtime companion, producer David Lewis.

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24. James Whale was captured by the Germans and during his time as a prisoner of war he realized he was interested in drama.

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25. James Whale discovered his artistic talent early on and studied art.

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26. James Whale directed films in other genres, including the 1936 film version of the musical Show Boat.

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27. James Whale is best remembered for several horror films: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House (1932), The Invisible Man (1933) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), all considered classics.

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28. James Whale brings you the BBC Essex Breakfast programme between 6 and 9am every Monday to Friday, with news, sport, weather and travel updates.

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29. James Whale used a similar technique during the Ol' Man River sequence in Show Boat, in which the camera tracked around Paul Robeson as he sang the song.

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30. James Whale lived as an openly gay man throughout his career in the British theatre and in Hollywood, something that was virtually unheard of in the 1920s and 1930s.

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31. James Whale was cremated per his request and his ashes were interred in the Columbarium of Memory at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.

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32. James Whale committed suicide by drowning himself in his Pacific Palisades swimming pool on 29 May 1957 at the age of 67.

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33. Upon his release, James Whale hired one of the male nurses from the hospital to be his personal live-in nurse.

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34. James Whale directed his final film in 1950, a short subject based on the William Saroyan one-act play Hello Out There.

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35. James Whale returned to Broadway in 1944 to direct the psychological thriller Hand in Glove.

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36. With his film career behind him, James Whale found himself at a loose end.

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37. James Whale was furious, and the altered film was banned in Germany anyway.

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38. James Whale was hired by independent film producer and aviation pioneer Howard Hughes, who planned to turn the previously silent Hughes production Hell's Angels into a talkie.

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39. James Whale traveled to Hollywood in 1929 and signed a contract with Paramount Pictures.

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40. James Whale directed this version, which premiered at Henry Miller's Theatre on 22 March 1929.

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41. James Whale offered the part of Stanhope to the then barely known Laurence Olivier.

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42. James Whale was born in Dudley, England, the sixth of seven children of William, a blast furnaceman, and Sarah, a nurse.

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43. At the height of his career as a director James Whale directed The Road Back, a sequel to All Quiet on the Western Front.

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44. James Whale was born into a large family in Dudley, in the Black Country area of the English West Midlands.

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45. James Whale was an English film director, theater director and actor.

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