Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Karloff as Captain Hook
Besides appearing in movies, Karloff also acted on stage, including the original production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" in which he played a murderous gangster who was often mistaken for Karloff. Another role, for which he seemed perfectly cast was as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan" opposite Jean Arthur, Marcia Henderson and Joe E. Marks. The play was directed by John Burrell with music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein. A track of Karloff singing "The Plank Song" can be found on the CD "The Bernstein Songbook."
A version of the play was produced as a children's record with Boris Karloff and Jean Arthur and can be downloaded here .