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September 08, 2008


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One of the things that's fascinated me about Karloff, which I only learned years after I first idolized him as Frankenstein, is his status as a half-caste Anglo-Indian. If Mr. Shriver is still reading (I'm a bit late to this post), does your book address this part of his heritage in any way?

I know that in his early, silent films he specialized in "oriental" roles, and of course, The Mask of Fu Manchu was a continuation of this. I find myself wondering about his bi-racial status, especially in light of the racial dynamics of the 1920s, and whether this played any role in his move into horror films.

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