Women in Horror Films: 1940s

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They had more in common than just a scream, whether they faced Dracula, Frankensteins Monster, the Mummy, Dr. Jekyll, Mr. Hyde, King Kong, the Wolf Man, or any of the other legendary Hollywood monsters. Some were even monsters themselves, such as Elsa Lanchester as the Bride, and Gloria Holden as Draculas Daughter. And while evading the Strangler of the Swamp, former Miss America Rosemary La Planche is allowed to rescue her leading man. This book provides details about the lives and careers of 21 of these cinematic leading ladies, femmes fatales, monsters, and misfits, putting into perspective their contributions to the films and folklore of Hollywood terror--and also the sexual harassment, exploitation, and genuine danger they faced on the job. Veteran actress Virginia Christine recalls Universal burying her alive in a backlot swamp in full "mummy" makeup for the resurrection scene in The Mummys Curse--and how the studio saved that scene for the last day in case she suffocated. Filled with anecdotes and recollections, many of the entries are based on original interviews, and there are numerous old photographs and movie stills.

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"Mank profiles both the leading ladies and lesser lights of femme fright-film fame...with addictive results for fa

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Mank makes a good case that many early horror films are memorable due as much to their actresses as to their male leads/ monsters. Offering biographies, entertaining anecdotes, and interviews, he showcases 21 talents including Maria Ouspenskaya (The Wolf Man, 1941); Virginia Christine (The Mummy's Curse, 1944); and Lenore Aubert (Abbott and Costell

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