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Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers
     

Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers

by Gary Don Rhodes
 

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He was born Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882, in Hungary. He joined Budapest's National Theater in 1913 and later appeared in several Hungarian films under the pseudonym Arisztid Olt. After World War I, he helped the Communist regime nationalize Hungary's film industry, but barely escaped arrest when the government was deposed, fleeing to the United

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He was born Bela Ferenc Dezso Blasko on October 20, 1882, in Hungary. He joined Budapest's National Theater in 1913 and later appeared in several Hungarian films under the pseudonym Arisztid Olt. After World War I, he helped the Communist regime nationalize Hungary's film industry, but barely escaped arrest when the government was deposed, fleeing to the United States in 1920.

As he became a star in American horror films in the 1930s and 1940s, publicists and fan magazines crafted outlandish stories to create a new history for Lugosi. The cinema's Dracula was transformed into one of Hollywood's most mysterious actors. This exhaustive account of Lugosi's work in film, radio, theater, vaudeville and television provides an extensive biographical look at the actor. The enormous merchandising industry built around him is also examined.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
everything Lugosi ever said or did
Film Review
highly engaging...exhaustive...a magnificent collation of facts and figures
Movie Collector's World
for serious students of Lugosi, this is the place to start
Booknews
A complete reference on the legendary Hungarian film actor Bela Lugosi, ne<'e> B<'e>la Ferenc Dezs<:o> Blask<'o> (1882-1956), most famous for his roles in American horror movies during the 1930s and 1940s. The volume addresses Lugosi's personal life, then provides a detailed study of his performances including film, stage, radio, TV, and others; works by and about him; and criticism and appreciation. B&w photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786402571
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/1997
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Don Rhodes, a documentary filmmaker, is a professor at the Queen's University, Belfast.

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