John Carradine: The Films

Overview

John Carradine played a wildly varied series of characters - those he constructed for himself as well as those he played on stage and in film. And what characters they were, ranging in real life from "banana messenger" to flamboyant Shakespearean actor to loutish drunk, and onscreen from Casy in The Grapes of Wrath (1940) to a blood-drinking poetry lover in Vampire Hookers (1979). No book has ever captured Carradine's entire film career until now. This complete filmography, from his first appearance (Tol'able ...
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Overview

John Carradine played a wildly varied series of characters - those he constructed for himself as well as those he played on stage and in film. And what characters they were, ranging in real life from "banana messenger" to flamboyant Shakespearean actor to loutish drunk, and onscreen from Casy in The Grapes of Wrath (1940) to a blood-drinking poetry lover in Vampire Hookers (1979). No book has ever captured Carradine's entire film career until now. This complete filmography, from his first appearance (Tol'able David, 1930) to his last (Buried Alive, 1990), is packed with detail and lavishly illustrated - the essential Carradine reference for every film historian and fan.
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Editorial Reviews

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Prolific film writer Weaver documents Carradine's (1906-88) villainous romp through some 200 B and C horror and exploitation films over six decades to augment his serious career on Broadway and the classical theatre. He includes the credits and data, cast, a plot summary, a discussion of Carradine's character and performance, and excerpts from reviews. He signed on other contributors for two introductions and a 44-page biography. Only names and titles are indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786437788
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/29/2008
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Weaver lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York, and has been interviewing moviemakers since the early 1980s. The New York Times called him one of the leading scholars in the horror field and USA Today has described him as the king of the monster hunters. Classic Images called him "the best interviewer we have today." He is a frequent contributor to numerous film magazines including Starlog, Fangoria, Monsters from the Vault and Video Watchdog, and he has been featured in the prestigious Best American Movie Writing. A frequent DVD audio commentator, he is the author of numerous reference and other nonfiction books about American popular culture, including Universal Horrors: The Studio's Classic Fims, 1931-1946.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
"The Sinister Gentleman" 5
A Biography 11
John Carradine: The Films 55
Index 375
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