Of Gods and Monsters: A Critical Guide to Universal Studios' Science Fiction, Horror and Mystery Films, 1929-1939

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Each of Universal's horror, science fiction and "twisted mystery" films receives an in-depth essay: The focus is first on the background to the making of the movie and its place in the Universal catalog. A detailed plot synopsis with critical commentary follows. Filmographic data for the film conclude the entry. Universal's The Shadow short film series are covered in an appendix. Many rare illustrations and movie posters are also included.
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Of Gods and Monsters: A Critical Guide to Universal Studios' Science Fiction, Horror and Mystery Films, 1929-1939

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Each of Universal's horror, science fiction and "twisted mystery" films receives an in-depth essay: The focus is first on the background to the making of the movie and its place in the Universal catalog. A detailed plot synopsis with critical commentary follows. Filmographic data for the film conclude the entry. Universal's The Shadow short film series are covered in an appendix. Many rare illustrations and movie posters are also included.
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Looks in depth and in humor at a decade of Universal Studio's horror, science fiction, and "twisted mystery" films. Each film receives an essay focusing on the making of the movie, its place in the Universal catalog, a detailed plot synopsis, and critical commentary. Each entry contains complete filmographic data. A short film series and a radio show are covered in appendices. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786421534
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/12/2005
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John T. Soister is a teacher of modern and classical languages, and lives in Orwigsburg, Pennsylvania.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface 1
Introduction: In the Beginning There Was Carl 5
The Last Warning (1929) 15
The Charlatan (1929) 34
The Last Performance (1929) 46
The Cat Creeps / La voluntad del muerto (1930) 67
Dracula (1931) 81
Dracula (1931) 102
Frankenstein (1931) 112
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) 126
The Old Dark House (1932) 133
The Mummy (1932) 143
Secret of the Blue Room (1933) 153
The Invisible Man (1933) 160
The Black Cat (1934) 170
The Love Captive (1934) 177
Secret of the Chateau (1934) 184
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) 192
Life Returns (1935) 197
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) 202
Bride of Frankenstein (1935) 208
Chinatown Squad (1935) 218
Were Wolf of London (1935) 225
The Raven (1935) 232
Remember Last Night? (1935) 241
The Great Impersonation (1935) 249
The Invisible Ray (1936) 254
Dracula's Daughter (1936) 260
Postal Inspector (1936) 270
Night Key (1937) 277
Reported Missing (1937) 281
The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937) 287
The Westland Case (1937) 294
The Spy Ring (1938) 300
The Black Doll (1938) 305
The Lady in the Morgue (1938) 310
Danger on the Air (1938) 317
The Missing Guest (1938) 324
The Last Express (1938) 328
The Last Warning (1939) 333
Son of Frankenstein (1939) 340
Mystery of the White Room (1939) 350
The House of Fear (1939) 357
The Witness Vanishes (1939) 363
Tower of London (1939) 370
App. 1 The Shadow Detective Shorts 377
App. 2 The Radio Murder Mystery 381
Bibliography 383
Index 387
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