Following the untimely death of his father,

the distraction offered by cinema is taken

at every opportunity...

“The number of…1932 and 1933 films that we saw is quite astonishing…”

The Broadway Cinema - one of two cinemas Underwood visited in Letchworth.

The first film he sees is a Sherlock Holmes story:
The Speckled Band.

“I can remember to this day the enormous impression it made on me as we entered the dimly lit theatre…”

“...walked down the red carpet

and were shown to our red velvet seats…”

“There in front of us were the flickering,


“...black-and-white moving pictures…”

“I would walk miles…”

“...to catch a Karloff film…”

Building on a scrap book begun at this time,

Underwood later publishes

the first biography of Karloff.

‘To my brother JOHN
who took me to my first

Boris Karloff filim more
years ago than either he

or I care to remember.’

The ‘dedication’ to Underwood’s biography: Karloff