The latest in a series of books by researchers extraordinaire Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger, Bela Lugosi in Person brims with new facts and figures documenting the actor´s scores of live public performances from 1931 to 1945, the era of his greatest fame. Three-act plays, vaudeville sketches, variety shows, and personal appearances are all chronicled at length, bringing new perspective to Lugosi´s life and career. 1. Language: English. Narrator: J. T. McDaniel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/055194/bk_acx0_055194_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Gary Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger have added the final chapter to Bela Lugosi´s career, combining fascinating unknown details of his film and stage activities with post-WWII film history. Superbly researched and written as an engrossing story of an actor´s struggle against professional decline. A must-read! (Robert Cremer, author of Lugosi: The Man Behind the Cape) ´´Gary Rhodes represents that elusive Gold Standard in narrative research into the full depth and breadth of Bela Lugosi´s complicated career. Rhodes´ devotion to the banishment of myth, and to its replacement with frank and humanizing truth, has provided a wealth of historical storytelling that, in turn, renders the actor´s known body of work all the more fascinating and comprehensible. Just when I catch myself believing I know all there is to be known about Lugosi, along come Gary Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger with a fresh brace of revelations. The process advances immeasurably in No Traveler Returns: The Lost Years of Bela Lugosi.´´ (Michael H. Price, coauthor of the Forgotten Horrors series) ´´In No Traveler Returns, Bela Lugosi scholar extraordinaire Gary D. Rhodes and Bill Kaffenberger provide a fascinating time travel journey back to the late 1940s/early 1950s, when Lugosi - largely out of favor in Hollywood - embarked on a Gypsy-like existence of vaudeville, summer stock, and magic shows. While many historians have considered this era a limbo in Lugosi´s career, with precious few facts unearthed, Rhodes and Kaffenberger take the listener along for a wide-eyed ride as Bela performs in a nightclub so notorious that armed guards keep watch on the roof, dresses as Dracula in a magic show where he and a gorilla (a man in a suit) play football with the guillotined head of a woman (a dummy), and races from one stock engagement to another without ever missing a cue. Never in his American career was Bela so busy, and never did his light shine so brightly, as he val 1. Language: English. Narrator: J.T. McDaniel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/064670/bk_acx0_064670_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Drac Von Stoller´s fascination for the horror genre began when he was a little boy watching his favorite actors - such as Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee and Bela Lugosi - on his little black-and-white television alone in his dark room. He decided that one day that he would write a short story in the horror genre and let some of his friends read it and see what they thought. Sure enough, when people read ´´Death in the Wilderness´´ they loved it. This gave Drac the confidence he needed to keep on writing more and more short stories. The rest is history. This chilling collection includes: ´´It´s Dead Leave it Alone´´, ´´Haunted Hearse´´, ´´Tales from the Funeral Parlor´´, and ´´The Black Cat´´. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Mike Vendetti. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/001422/bk_acx0_001422_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Bela Lugosi´s Frankenstein screen test puts Valentino in the picture for murder.... Everyone knows Frankenstein´s monster was played by Boris Karloff. His portrayal is so famous that the play Arsenic and Old Lace was filled with Karloff/monster jokes - even when the part of the deformed villain was played by another actor. But before Karloff´s memorable portrayal, another 1930s Hollywood icon, Bela Lugosi, tested for the part of the monster. The test footage was lost for decades, until Valentino, that never-say-die film archivist, gets a hot tip about the whereabouts of the incriminating (for really bad, heavily accented acting) footage. But it comes with a price far greater than mere money. Someone would kill to get it, and that makes Valentino a mortal obstacle who would rather not die for art. People have already been murdered for the film, and Val doesn´t want to push his luck...but boy, that reel is too good to let go.... 1. Language: English. Narrator: William Dufris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bbcw/006871/bk_bbcw_006871_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.