About Boris Karloff: The Gentle Monster
From his career-making portrayal of Frankenstein’s monster at age 43, to his Grammy-winning vocal performance in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Boris Karloff earned every bit of the name recognition he still commands today. He mastered the stage, screen, radio, and television. He was a key organizer of the Screen Actors Guild union. And he continued to work until his death at age 81 in 1969, despite debilitating ailments.
This retrospective includes footage from iconic films and rare TV appearances like a hilarious 1965 variety show with Carol Burnett. Plus, friends, family, and filmmakers weigh in on Karloff’s half-century career and a surprising final chapter nobody would have predicted.
Notable guest stars: Carol Burnett, Roddy McDowell, Peter Bogdanovich, Forest J. Ackerman, Robert Wise, Anna Lee, Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi Jr, Cynthia Lindsay, Ronald V. Borst, Arthur Kennard
Produced and directed by Kevin Burns
Narrated by Richard Kiley