John Carradine Found! for His February 5 Birthday

Feb 05 2013

Born on this date in 1906, horror icon and generally creepy character actor John Carradine in New York City.

The lean and lanky Carradine appeared in over 220 movies plus made another 100-plus appearances on television in a film career that saw releases come from 1930 all the way until 1990, two years after his death!

John Carradine was 82 when he died in 1988.

John Carradine vintage 1936 R95 Linen Textured Premium Photo



  • Beginning with an essay I found myself nodding my head to, Film Noir of the Week highlights Bluebeard (1944), a PRC feature starring John Carradine.
  • Shadowplay brings “The Carradine Face” into focus as seen in La seƱora Muerte or Madame Death (1969), described by the author as “a low-grade Mexican mad scientist movie.”
  • Not entirely Carradine-centric but worthy of note is Frankensteinia’s look at Frankenstein on Broadway in 1981 – The production featured John Carradine as the blind hermit!
  • Mary of Scotland (1936) is a John Ford film I’ve yet to catch, but The Stop Button says that “Carradine’s great” in it playing Italian as Katharine Hepburn’s secretary.
  • My own two John Carradine entries are wildly different movies, each important in its own way to the Carradine filmography. First there’s Stagecoach (1939), no argument there, and from a couple of years back Captive Wild Woman (1943), a Universal horror film that was actually Carradine’s first foray into his most familiar genre!

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