Boris Karloff poses with visitors — an inscription on the back of the photo identifies them as “Family Friends, The Browns” — on the set of Son of Frankenstein, Karloff’s third and final appearance as The Monster. The film was released 70 years ago this week, on January 13, 1939.
The photograph, which surfaced recently at a Heritage auction, gives us a good look at the special reclining chair used by Karloff. With a short seat, footboard and arms rests, the device allowed the actor to relax between takes despite his stiff, bulky costume.
Note the huge Monster boots and the unusual pants laced up the sides. Missing here is the caveman-style sheep’s wool vest that Karloff wore in this picture. He was no doubt glad to be temporarily rid of what he called “furs and muck”.