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      James Whale

      James Whale

      Highest Rated: 100% Show Boat (1936)

      Lowest Rated: 94% Frankenstein (1931)

      Birthday: Jul 22, 1889

      Birthplace: Dudley, Worcestershire, England, UK

      One of the most stylized and talented filmmakers of the 1930s, director James Whale was also one of the most successful; a fact that stood in direct contrast to his long-underappreciated stature in the history of cinema. Arriving in Hollywood at the dawn of the sound era, he made a name for himself around town with the war dramas "Journey's End" (1930) and "Waterloo Bridge" (1931). It was, however, the Universal horror classic "Frankenstein" (1931) that established Whale as an A-list director, influential enough to choose his own projects and cast them as he saw fit. Despite his best efforts to diversify, hugely popular films like "The Invisible Man" (1933) and "Bride of Frankenstein" (1935) pigeon-holed him as a horror director, even as critics who were dismissive of the genre failed to recognize his formidable visual and aesthetic brilliance. Although the critically hailed musical drama "Show Boat" (1936) gave unassailable proof as to his versatility, a regime change at Universal and his general disillusionment with the industry eventually led to Whale's retirement from film after a decade's worth of work. Having fallen out of fashion with the French and American auteur critics of the 1960s and 1970s, more in-depth assessments by biographers and film historians in the years that followed allowed for a much deserved reappointment of Whale to the pantheon of influential 20th century filmmakers.




      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hello Out There Director - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet They Dare Not Love Director - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Green Hell Director - 1940
      No Score Yet 74% The Man in the Iron Mask Director - 1939
      No Score Yet 29% Wives Under Suspicion Director - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sinners in Paradise Director - 1938
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Port of Seven Seas Director - 1938
      No Score Yet 82% The Great Garrick Director - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Road Back Director - 1937
      100% 73% Show Boat Director - 1936
      98% 87% Bride of Frankenstein Director - 1935
      No Score Yet 75% Remember Last Night Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet By Candlelight Director - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet One More River Director - 1934
      94% 85% The Invisible Man Director - 1933
      No Score Yet 50% The Kiss Before the Mirror Director - 1933
      97% 71% The Old Dark House Director - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Impatient Maiden Director - 1932
      No Score Yet 74% Waterloo Bridge Director,
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      - 1931
      94% 87% Frankenstein Director - 1931