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Author Soister, John T., 1950-

Title Of Gods and monsters : a critical guide to Universal Studios' science fiction, horror, and mystery films, 1929-1939 / by John T. Soister.

Published Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [1999]
©1999

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 UniM Bail  016.79143615 SOIS    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 395 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 383-385) and index.
Contents Introduction: In the Beginning There Was Carl -- The Last Warning (1929) -- The Charlatan (1929) -- The Last Performance (1929) -- The Cat Creeps / La voluntad del muerto (1930) -- Dracula (1931) -- Dracula (1931) -- Frankenstein (1931) -- Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932) -- The Old Dark House (1932) -- The Mummy (1932) -- Secret of the Blue Room (1933) -- The Invisible Man (1933) -- The Black Cat (1934) -- The Love Captive (1934) -- Secret of the Chateau (1934) -- The Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934) -- Life Returns (1935) -- Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) -- Bride of Frankenstein (1935) -- Chinatown Squad (1935) -- Were Wolf of London (1935) -- The Raven (1935) -- Remember Last Night? (1935) -- The Great Impersonation (1935) -- The Invisible Ray (1936) -- Dracula's Daughter (1936) -- Postal Inspector (1936) -- Night Key (1937) -- Reported Missing (1937) -- The Man Who Cried Wolf (1937) -- The Westland Case (1937) -- The Spy Ring (1938) -- The Black Doll (1938).
The Lady in the Morgue (1938) -- Danger on the Air (1938) -- The Missing Guest (1938) -- The Last Express (1938) -- The Last Warning (1939) -- Son of Frankenstein (1939) -- Mystery of the White Room (1939) -- The House of Fear (1939) -- The Witness Vanishes (1939) -- Tower of London (1939) -- App. 1. The Shadow Detective Shorts -- App. 2. The Radio Murder Mystery.
Summary While Universals Dracula and Frankenstein (both 1931) have received the most coverage of any of the studios genre releases, it is the lesser known films that have long fascinated fans and historians alike. Starting with The Last Warning, a 1929 movie released as both a silent and a talkie, Universal provided a decade of films that entertained audiences and sometimes frustrated critics. Each of Universals horror, science fiction and "twisted mystery" films receives an in-depth essay for each film: The focus is first on the background to the making of the movie and its place in the Universal catalog. A detailed plot synopsis with critical commentary follows. Filmographic data for the film conclude the entry. Universals The Shadow short film series is covered in an appendix. Many rare illustrations and movie posters are also included.
Subject Universal Pictures Company -- Catalogs.
Horror films -- Catalogs.
Science fiction films -- Catalogs.
Detective and mystery films -- Catalogs.
ISBN 078640454X (hc.)