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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Lugosi: His Life in Films, on Stage, and in the Hearts of Horror Lovers by Gary Don Rhodes

He was born Béla 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.

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ISBN-13: 9781476600772
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 430
File size: 27 MB
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About the Author

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

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