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Frankenstein (1931)

Unrated  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi  |  21 November 1931 (USA)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

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Storyline

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 <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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...no man has ever seen his like ...no woman ever felt his white-hot kiss... See more »

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Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El doctor Frankenstein  »

Box Office

Budget:

$291,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$12,000,000 (USA)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The monster make-up design by Jack P. Pierce is under copyright to Universal through the year 2026, and licensed by Universal Studios Licensing, Inc. See more »

Goofs

When Fritz steals the brain from the medical laboratory, it is in a jar very clearly labeled ABNORMAL BRAIN. Dr. Frankenstein should not have been startled to learn from Dr. Waldman that the brain he used was abnormal. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Henry Frankenstein: Down! Down, you fool!
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Crazy Credits

The author of the original novel is listed as "Mrs. Percy B. Shelley." See more »

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Version of Mystery and Imagination: Frankenstein (1968) See more »

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Grand Appassionato
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Music by Giuseppe Becce
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WHAT MORE CAN YOU SAY ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST?
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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