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Boris Karloff movies

Boris Karloff films – he was a very hard working actor, with a great many films to his credit.  As you can see below, he worked in film for many years before becoming and “overnight” success with Frankenstein.

Year Film Role Notes
1918 The Lightning Raider 15-chapter film serial.
1919 The Masked Rider Mexican roughneck in saloon (Ep. 2 only) 15-chapter film serial.
His Majesty, the American The Spy Credited as an extra.
The Prince and Betty Bit part.
1920 The Deadlier Sex Jules Borney
The Courage of Marge O’Doone Tavish
The Last of the Mohicans Credited as an extra.
1921 The Hope Diamond Mystery Dakar / High Priest of Temple of Sita Film serial.
Without Benefit of Clergy Ahmed Khan
Cheated Hearts Nil Horned
The Cave Girl Baptiste
1922 The Man from Downing Street Edward Monckton / Maharajah Jehan Deharwar
The Infidel the Nabob
The Altar Stairs Hugo
Omar the Tentmaker the Holy Imam Mowaffak
The Woman Conquers Raoul Maris
1923 The Gentleman from America Uncredited bit part.
The Prisoner Prince Kapolski
1924 Riders of the Plains
The Hellion Outlaw
Dynamite Dan Tony Garcia
1925 Parisian Nights Pierre
Forbidden Cargo Pietro Castillano
The Prairie Wife Diego
Perils of the Wild
Never the Twain Shall Meet Villain Uncredited
Lady Robinhood Cabraza
1926 The Greater Glory the Scissors Grinder
Her Honor, the Governor Snipe Collins
The Bells Mesmerist
The Nickel-Hopper Big Bohunk
The Golden Web Dave Sinclair
The Eagle of the Sea Pirate
Flames Blackie Blanchett
Old Ironsides Saracen Guard
Flaming Fury Gaspard
Valencia Uncredited Bit part.
The Man in the Saddle Robber Uncredited.
1927 Tarzan and the Golden Lion Ozawa, Waziri Chief
Let It Rain the Crooks
The Meddlin’ Stranger Al Meggs
The Princess from Hoboken Pavel
The Phantom Buster Ramón
Soft Cushions The Chief Conspirator
Two Arabian Knights Purser
The Love Mart Fleming
1928 The Vanishing Rider The Villain Film serial
Burning the Wind Pug Doran
Vultures of the Sea Grouchy Film serial
The Little Wild Girl Maurice Kent
1929 The Devil’s Chaplain Boris
The Fatal Warning Mullins Film serial
The Phantom of the North Jules Gregg
Two Sisters Cecil
Anne Against the World Bit part.
Behind That Curtain Sudanese servant First sound film.
The King of the Kongo Macklin / Martin Film serial.
The Unholy Night Abdoul
1930 The Bad One Guard
The Sea Bat Corsican
The Utah Kid Baxter
The Mother’s Cry Baxter
1931 Sous les verrous (“Pardon Us” – French version) The Tiger  Famous Laurel and Hardy comedy
The Criminal Code Ned Galloway
King of the Wild Mustapha Final film serial.
Cracked Nuts Revolutionary
Young Donovan’s Kid Cokey Joe
Smart Money Sport Williams
The Public Defender Professor
I Like Your Nerve Luigi
Graft Joe Terry
Five Star Final “Reverend” Vernon Isopod  A very good movie, about the consequences of yellow journalism, with Karloff as a very unscrupulous reporter
The Yellow Ticket Orderly
The Mad Genius Fedor’s Father
The Guilty Generation Tony Ricca
Frankenstein The Monster  after 13 years of working in the film industry, Karloff became an overnight star with his portral of the monster
Tonight or Never The Waiter
1932 Behind the Mask Jim Henderson
Alias the Doctor Autopsy Surgeon
Business and Pleasure Sheikh
Scarface Gaffney
The Miracle Man Nikko
Night World “Happy” MacDonald
The Old Dark House Morgan Billed as KARLOFF
The Mask of Fu Manchu Dr. Fu Manchu
The Mummy Imhotep/Ardath Bey Billed as KARLOFF
1933 The Ghoul Prof. Morlant
1934 The Lost Patrol Sanders
The House of Rothschild Count Ledrantz
The Black Cat Hjalmar Poelzig One of Karloff’s finest performances; his first, and best, team up with Bela Lugosi
Gift of Gab Cameo Appearance (as Karloff) Billed as KARLOFF
1935 Bride of Frankenstein The Monster Karloff’s second appearance as Frankenstein’s moster, making the creature more empathetic, especially during his time with the hermit
The Raven Edmond Bateman Again teamed up with Bela Lugosi, this time as an unwilling minion.  Another portrayal of a sympathetic “monster”.
The Black Room Baron Gregor de Berghmann / Anton de Berghmann  A riveting performance, with Karloff in a dual role as twins – one evil, one good.  And the good twin vows his revenge, even from beyond the grave.
1936 The Invisible Ray Dr. Janos Rukh The scientist who discovers a new type of radiation – but loses his health, his mind, and his wife.  And seeks revenge.  Another team-up with Bela Lugosi.
The Walking Dead John Ellman
Juggernaut Victor Sartorius
The Man Who Changed His Mind Dr. Laurence
Charlie Chan at the Opera Gravelle
1937 Night Key Dave Mallory Billed as KARLOFF
West of Shanghai Gen. Wu Yen Fang  A riveting performance as the corrupt, greedy warlord – with a code of honor.
1938 The Invisible Menace Mr. Jevries a.k.a. Dolman
Mr. Wong, Detective James Lee Wong
1939 Devil’s Island Dr. Charles Gaudet
Son of Frankenstein The Monster  One more appearance as Frankenstein’s monster.  With Basil Rathbone as the titular Son of Frankenstein, and Bela Lugosi as the treacherous Ygor.
The Mystery of Mr. Wong James Lee Wong
Mr. Wong in Chinatown James Lee Wong
The Man They Could Not Hang Dr. Henryk Savaard
Tower of London Mord the Executioner
1940 The Fatal Hour James Lee Wong
British Intelligence Valdar a.k.a. “Enemy Agent”
Black Friday Dr. Ernest Sovac
The Man with Nine Lives Dr. Leon Kravaal
Doomed to Die James Lee Wong
Before I Hang Dr. John Garth  Another excellent performance, as a doctor on death row for a mercy killing.  But he’s researching immortality …
The Ape Dr. Bernard Adrian
You’ll Find Out Judge Mainwaring
1941 The Devil Commands Dr. Julian Blair
1942 The Boogie Man Will Get You Prof. Nathaniel Billings
1944 The Climax Dr. Hohner
House of Frankenstein Dr. Gustav Niemann  No longer the monster, but a mad scientist in this first Universal “monster mash”
1945 The Body Snatcher John Gray  A wonderful performance as the despicable “body snatcher” … who loves to taunt “Toddy”.  Bela Lugosi in a secondary role
Isle of the Dead Gen. Nikolas Pherides  A good performance, as the sympathetic military man trying to keep the various individuals alive.
1946 Bedlam Master George Sims  A very good performance as the despicable, money-grubbing man running an insane asylum.
1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Dr. Hugo Hollingshead  A good appearance in the Danny Kaye comedy.
Lured Charles von Druten  One of the suspects in a series of murders.  An enjoyable performance as … a dress designer driven to madness.
Unconquered Guyasuta, Chief of the Senecas
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome Gruesome
1948 Tap Roots Tishomingo
The Emperor’s Nightingale Narrator English-language version only.
1949 Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff Swami Talpur  A good, funny performance as the hypnotist who tries to have Lou Costello to kill himself – but Lou’s too stupid!
1951 The Strange Door Voltan
1952 Colonel March Investigates Col. March Compiled from episodes of the television series Colonel March of Scotland Yard
The Black Castle Dr. Meissen
1953 Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Hyde  A performance as the elderly Dr. Jekyll – who covets his beautiful young ward.
1954 The Island Monster
The Hindu General Pollegar a.k.a. Sabaka
1957 Voodoo Island Dr. Phillip Knight
1958 The Juggler of Our Lady Narrator Animated short
The Creation of the World Narrator (USA) English-language version only.
The Haunted Strangler James Rankin
Frankenstein 1970 Baron Victor von Frankenstein
Corridors of Blood Dr. Thomas Bolton
1962 Arsenic & Old Lace Jonathan Brewster Hallmark Hall of Fame TV film
1963 Black Sabbath Gorca  A good performance as the loving father and family man … who becomes one of the undead.  And wants his family to join him.
The Terror Baron Von Leppe
The Raven Dr. Scarabus  A good, scary and funny performance as the villain in this horror comedy
1964 Bikini Beach Art dealer
Mondo Balordo Narrator
The Comedy of Terrors Amos Hinchley
1965 Die, Monster, Die! Nahum Witley  The elderly father, who wants to undo the evil done by his father.  But …
(UK: Monster of Terror)
1966 The Daydreamer The Rat Voice only
The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini The Corpse
How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Grinch and the Narrator Animated film. Won Grammy Award for Best Album for Children.
The Wild Wild West Mr. Singh 2×02 The Night of the Golden Cobra
1967 The Venetian Affair Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud
Mad Monster Party? Baron Boris von Frankenstein Voice only
The Sorcerers Professor Marcus Montserrat
1968 Targets Byron Orlok
Curse of the Crimson Altar (aka The Crimson Cult) Prof. Marshe
Fear Chamber (aka Torture Zone) Dr. Carl Mandel
House of Evil (aka Dance of Death) Mathias Morteval
1970 Cauldron of Blood (El Coleccionista de cadáveres); aka Blind Man’s Bluff (filmed in 1967) Franz Badulescu Released after Karloff’s death; filmed in 1967
1971 The Incredible Invasion (aka Alien Terror, aka The Sinister Invasion) Prof. John Meyer Released after Karloff’s death; filmed in 1968
Isle of the Snake People (aka Cult of the Dead) Karl Van Molder / Damballah Released after Karloff’s death; filmed in 1968

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