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1. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
2. The Great Garrick (1937)
3. The Old Dark House (1932)
4. Remember Last Night? (1935)
5. The Invisible Man (1933)
6. Frankenstein (1931)
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1. The Kiss Before the Mirror (1933)
2. By Candlelight (1933)
3. One More River (1934)
4. Show Boat (1936)
5. The Road Back (1937)
(I watched it online)
6. Waterloo Bridge (1931)
7 thoughts on “My Favorite James Whale Films”
Bride of Frankenstein is my favorite James Whale film also. Then Frankenstein. Then The Invisible Man. I know Showboat is an excellent film. It’s visually extravagant and complex, but I just don’t care for it.
Bride of Frankenstein is often regarded (and rightfully so) as not only equal to the 1931 original, but also superior in many ways. As for Show Boat (the 1936 version that is), I loved James Whale’s flair for expressionism (similar to how he did his horror films) on display there. For me, Paul Roebson’s rendition of “Ol’ Man River” is the best version of the song. Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming 🙂
Yes, Roebson’s singing is amazing.
I like all of these, and have a special fondness for Waterloo Bridge, as I walked over that bridge so many times in my life.
Best wishes, Pete.
Sadly I’ve only seen Show Boat of this selection. I do like both film versions — 1936 & 1951 — but I do think Whale’s movie is better. I also think Paul Robeson is what makes the original an unforgettable experience. As you rightly say his rendition of “Ol Man River” hasn’t been surpassed yet!
You must really love that bridge then 🙂 I read that it crosses the Thames River 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂
I totally agree with you on Show Boat 🙂 Also, you should really check out his horror films because those are legendary. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂