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Frankenstein (1931)

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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.



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Complete credited cast:
Victor Moritz
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Edward Van Sloan ...
Frederick Kerr ...
Lionel Belmore ...
Marilyn Harris ...


Henry Frankenstein is a doctor who is trying to discover a way to make the dead walk. He succeeds and creates a monster that has to deal with living again. Written by Josh Pasnak <>

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Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El doctor Frankenstein  »

Box Office


$291,000 (estimated)


$12,000,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The method of animating the creature is never discussed in Mary Shelley's novel. In the book, Frankenstein, narrating, refuses to divulge how he did it so no one can re-create his actions. However, the use of lightning to resurrect the monster has become the accepted methodology and appears in virtually every Frankenstein movie since. See more »


When the Monster throws Dr. Frankenstein off the parapet from where they are fighting, you can see through both the Monster, the parapet, and the dummy of Dr. Frankenstein as it heads toward the windmill blades. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Henry Frankenstein: Down! Down, you fool!
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Spoofed in Have You Got Any Castles? (1938) See more »


Grand Appassionato
Music by Giuseppe Becce
[End title & end cast music]
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3 October 2000 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: **** out of ****

Dark, cloudy nights. Thunder and lightning. Colin Clive's Frankenstein shouts: "It's Alive!", and Boris Karloff lurches forth in Jack Pierce's greatest monster makeup of all time....What more can be said about this classic?

It's one of the first (and greatest) horror movies of all time and required viewing. Karloff's sympathetic monster can evoke fear as well as break our hearts. This film made him a huge star after years of working as an unknown in tons of features.

James Whale is a masterful director, though there are less "light moments" in FRANKENSTEIN than some of his later horror films. Interestingly enough, the lack of a music score in this movie actually works in its favor.

Tight, brisk, and oozing with the stuff nightmares are made of, this grandaddy of all monster films needs no further selling.

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