American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Karloff, Boris 1887-1969. British-born American actor noted for his portrayals of monsters and other evil characters in a number of films, including Frankenstein (1931) and The Mummy (1932).
- n. United States film actor (born in England) noted for his performances in horror films (1887-1969)
“I mean, Boris Karloff is fantastic in the makeup but the makeup was also cool.”
“Boris Karloff is the narrator of the seasonal television special “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.””
“If he could have got rid of the idea of Karloff and the possibilities which his name suggested, all this would have appealed to him as exceedingly funny.”
“Henry Pratt, who was given the stage name "Karloff," without any apparent Christian name to accompany it.”
“There's one for each of the six figures released and at a dollar that's a steal even though they aren't the best representation of Universal Monster posters (for instance "Karloff" is cut off the Mummy poster to distance it from litigation and junk.)”
“I'd never seen The Mummy (1932), starring Boris Karloff and directed by Karl Freund, the cinematographer of Browning's Dracula and a member of the cinematography team responsible for Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927).”
“I mentioned needing a breather: Now consider the makeup session Karloff called "the most trying ordeal I have ever endured.”
“Well, here's the big reveal: Karloff appears as a mummy for about five minutes, in the first scene.”
“The next time we encounter Karloff, the resurrected priest Imhotep, he is a "modern" Egyptian named Ardath Bey, who wears a fez and a veritable Lone Ranger mask of kohl.”
“Apart from the opening scene, for which Karloff nearly suffocated, there are virtually no special effects.”
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