Classic Hollywood #51

James Cagney & Boris Karloff – 1940

James Cagney Boris Karloff 1940Movie Stars Twinkle At Own Party
Hollywood, Calif. – It was a dead heat when Boris Karloff (right) and James Cagney, screen menaces, exchanged leers on meeting at the first annual gambol of the Screen Actor’s Guild held here March 14. Credit line – Acme 3/16/40

Useful / Useless tidbits

The French Society of Mental Sciences in 1937 asked Boris Karloff to fill out an extensive 58 page questionnaire about his own mental health. The psychiatrists who put together the questionnaire were trying to determine how all the horror versus sympathetic roles Karloff had played on screen had affected his real life.

From Karloff’s answers the doctors determined that playing villain roles is a healthful pastime that improves the mind and moral fiber! Karloff was given an honorary membership in the Society for his cooperation.

In 1940 James Cagney was the best paid actor in Hollywood with a contract that was negotiated by his brother Bill.

 

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