Happy Birthday, Boris Karloff

Today, November 23, is Boris Karloff’s birthday. Boris Karloff, you may know, appeared in dozens of classic horror films, as well as providing the narration for the original Grinch in Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Boris Karloff is famous for starring in Universal Picture’s Frankenstein (1931) and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)  as the Monster. He is less famous for, but equally scary in, The Mummy (1932). He was wonderful in all his movies, but my favorite movie role was The Black Cat, in which he starred along with Bela Lugosi. 

In real life, Boris Karloff was a gentle and compassionate man who dressed up as Santa Claus and distributed gifts to disabled children in hospitals in Baltimore.

There are many free Boris Karloff movies in the public domain. Here is one you can watch in its entirety, The Ghoul (1933).


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