Even Frankenstein's monster has to take a break for tea every once in a while. It's kind of strange to see a china cup being held in the oh-so-cultured three-finger manner with those horrid black fingernails! But this is not Boris Karloff on the set. It is the work of Mike Hill, professional portrait sculptor and artist. Go see his other works! -via I Have Seen The Whole Of The Internet
However, Boris Karloff, being a proper British actor, often took a cup of tea during breaks in filming three movies in which he portrayed Frankenstein's monster, Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), and Son of Frankenstein (1939). There had to be more pictures of the monster on break, and I was right. Continue reading to see them.
Dr. Gangrene posted a series of photographs a few years ago from the filming of the original Frankenstein in 1931. In this one, Karloff has a smoke while getting his makeup touched up.
Relaxing with Colin Clive, who played Dr. Frankenstein.
I believe this one was also taken during the filming of the 1931 movie.
Another break with Colin Clive, which I think may have been taken during the filming of Bride of Frankenstein in 1935.
On the set of Son of Frankenstein in 1939, drinking tea with Constance Moore, who was not in the movie. It made a good publicity picture!
This may have also been from the 1939 film Son Of Frankenstein. Note that the monster's forehead became higher each film.
It isn't clear during which movies these photographs were taken, but we are glad to see them!
And here is Boris Karloff enjoying his tea without monster makeup.