This image showing Boris Karloff relaxing on the set of Frankenstein is probably one of the great all-time on-set photographs. It’s Karloff’s full make-up and costume that sells it, along with the way in he is holding his teacup and cigarette.
Karloff became a horror icon when he took on the role of Mary Shelley’s legendary creation for James Whale’s Frankenstein in 1931. The Universal Pictures horror film was a phenomenon and Karloff would return to the role with 1935’s Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein in 1939.
There were many other spin-offs and sequels but Karloff was done. However, the iconic look of the character meant that Karloff never really escaped the role.