Sunday, April 18, 2010


Boris Karloff Danny Kaye

Sort of...

Thanks to Pierre Fournier of the great "Frankensteinia" blog you can read all about it (including an account of a charity baseball game featuring The Three Stooges, Buster Keaton and Boris Karloff in full Frankenstein Monster make-up) by clicking here...

...and thanks to John McElwee of the equally great "Greenbriar Picture Shows" blog you can read specifically about the Frankenstein Monster "dream sequence" that was supposed to be in Danny Kaye's "Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by clicking here.

The most amazing thing about the Kaye scene that never made it is that it is Karloff playing the Monster and meeting a major screen comedian in 1947 - just one year before Abbott & Costello met Glenn Strange as the Monster!

As an added bonus, the Spectacular Attractions: Film in all its Forms blog offers a nice shot of what is reportedly Karloff in full makeup during filming of "Son of Frankenstein" hanging out with some family - click here to check it out. I don't think there are any professional comedians in the clan but there's probably a joker among the group somewhere - there always is!

Back to Karloff and Kaye, enjoy this scene that actually did make it into "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" - after all, good 'ol Uncle Boris is fun to watch even without neck bolts!:


  1. About that candid picture from the SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, a copy from the Karloff family archives identified the set visitors as "Family Friends, The Browns".

  2. Thank you for the great info, Pierre - I appreciate it!

  3. The baseball game with Boris Karloff as Frankenstien as well as Buster Keaton and the Three Stooges is mentioned in Donald Glut's book THE FRANKENSTIEN LEGEND.