Boris Karloff was born William Henry Pratt in London, England, on November 23, 1887. The birth anniversary of the beloved icon of horror coincides with Thanksgiving this year and I can think of no better way to celebrate a day of thanks than to spent some time listening to his legendary voice. I hope you enjoy this entry in honor of Mr. Karloff and his work – put together in preparation for my Thanksgiving drive – and accept my heartfelt wishes for a happy and healthy holiday.
In case you’re expecting just horror entries, I should tell you that this collection intentionally focuses on a variety of genres so that Boris Karloff’s gentle acting is as evident as his sense of humor.
Karloff guest stars on The Eddie Cantor Show on December 17, 1941:
Inner Sanctum episode “Study for Murder” from May 3, 1942 starring Boris Karloff:
In 1943 Karloff goes to Duffy’s Tavern for a Bond Drive:
On October 23, 1945 Karloff stars in “Corridor of Doom” for Inner Sanctum:
On November 18, 1945 Karloff tries to rent a room on The Fred Allen Show:
The Boris Karloff Show episode “Who Killed Chung Ling Soo?”
Karloff reprises his stage role in this Screen Guild Theatre presentation of “Arsenic and Old Lace” co-starring Eddie Albert:
Jack Benny runs into a mysterious stranger (Karloff) on this episode of The Jack Benny Program titled “I Stand Condemned” from January 19, 1947:
Karloff plays a disc jockey in this episode of The Jimmy Durante Show from December 10, 1947:
Eddie Bracken is reading a horror story to Dorothy Lamour when Boris Karloff appears in this episode of The Sealtest Variety Theater from June 23, 1949:
To end this tribute here’s Karloff’s narration of Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” This is not only a great way to kick off the season, but yet another reason to be thankful for Boris Karloff.