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James Whale

James Whale

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Also Known As: Died: May 29, 1957
Born: July 22, 1889 Cause of Death: committed suicide by drowning
Birth Place: West Midlands, England, GB Profession: Director ...
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Began acting while a POW in WWI; after war worked in British theater as actor and designer, then director
1918:
Moved to London to pursue stage career
1924:
Began working with the Oxford Players for three seasons; worked with, among others, John Gielgud, Flora Robson, Alan Napier and Raymond Massey
1928:
Directed and did the settings for the plays, "Fortunato and the Lady from Alfaqueque" and "The Dreamers" in England, working with the likes of and up-and-coming John Gielgud and the established Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies
1928:
Breakthrough stage success, "Journey's End", a play by R C Sherriff with settings and direction by Whale
1929:
Successfully restaged "Journey's End" on Broadway
1929:
Moved to Hollywood; first film credit, dialogue director of "The Love Doctor", directed by Melville Brown and starring Richard Dix
1930:
Served as dialogue director of "Hell's Angels" and also, uncredited director on some scenes
1930:
Made full-fledged directing debut, "Journey's End" (adaptation of his London and Broadway stage success)
1930:
Signed contract with Universal Studios (date approximate)
1930:
Last stage work for over a decade, "Badger's Green" by R C Sherriff, with settings and direction by Whale, and "The Violet" and "One Two Three", two one-act plays by Ferenc Molnar, in which Whale directed Ruth Gordon
1931:
First film for Universal, "Waterloo Bridge"
1931:
Replaced Robert Florey as director of "Frankenstein"
1935:
Made last of four classic horror films, "Bride of Frankenstein"
1936:
Whale's expensive filming of "Show Boat" not completed in time to save Universal from receivership; executive producers Carl Laemmle Sr and Jr replaced by more cost-conscious executives appointed by a bank
1937:
Film sequel to "All Quiet on the Western Front", "The Road Back", taken away from Whale and re-edited to offset official protests from Nazi Germany
1937:
Whale loaned out to Warner Bros. and MGM, respectively, for two films, "The Great Garrick" and "Port of Seven Seas"
1939:
Made "The Man in the Iron Mask" for the independent Edward Small Productions
1940:
Last film for Universal, "Green Hell"
1941:
Began but did not finish "They Dare Not Love" for Columbia; replaced by Charles Vidor but his contract stipulated that he receive screen credit
1944:
Briefly returned to Broadway work during WWII; directed "Hand in Glove" for the Playhouse Theater, but the play's run was short
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Turned down an offer from David O Selznick to be put under contract as a director at $1,000 a week
1949:
One-shot return to film directing: "Hello, Out There", a 40-minute, one-set segment produced at a TV studio to be used in an RKO anthology film; never released
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Turned down an offer by producer William Dozier to film an adaptation of H G Wells' "The Food of the Gods"
1951:
Last work as a director: helmed a production of the play, "Pagan in the Parlour", at the Pasadena Playhouse, and later arranged to take the play briefly to England

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