Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thinking About Dwight Frye

Dwight Iliff Frye (February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943)

As "Karl" in The Bride of Frankenstein

And here's what I was thinking: whatever it was that he did, he did it better than anyone else. Ever.


Sister Grimm said...

Amen! Dwight always gave 100% in every performance, whether on stage or screen. Which of his films have you caught?

Bret Littlehales said...

I've seen all the classics: Dracula, and all of the Frankensteins, but I'd love to see his turn in the Maltese Falcon as the gunsel, Wilmer.

Glad you're thinking of Dwight!

Sister Grimm said...

I've seen most of Dwight's films -- he's very Renfield-like as the village idiot Hermann in "Vampire Bat" and his appearance as Zolarr in his final film, "Dead Men Walk" makes a poignant book-end to his all-too-short career. Some DVD releases of the 1940's "Falcon" include both Dwight's version with Ricardo Cortez, and the dreadful "Satan Met a Lady" with Bette Davis as "Brigid," so all hope to see his Wilmer is not lost. While I adore him for establishing those most memorable archetypes of horror film -- Renfield and Fritz -- my favorite Frye performance is in "Atlantic Adventure" as Spike.

I wrote one of the mini-biographies on IMDb for Dwight, had an article about him published in "Famous Monsters" magazine in 1998, and contributed to the establishment of the dwightfrye.com website as a retirement gift of sorts for his son, Dwight David. You'd be surprised by how many fans he has who figure they're alone. Thank God for the Internet!

paul said...

This post is just totally true.

Chris said...

Time to pull out your copy of Alice Cooper's Love it to Death w/ The Ballad of Dwight Frye.You do have that LP ,right? If not borrow it from Robbie.

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