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Frankenstein -- Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.
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Director:
Writers:
John L. Balderston (based upon the composition by)
Mary Shelley (from the novel by)
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Release Date:
21 November 1931 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Monster Science Created - But Could Not Destroy! See more »
Plot:
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Dated-yes, scary-sure, must see-absolutely ! See more (413 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Colin Clive ... Henry Frankenstein

Mae Clarke ... Elizabeth
John Boles ... Victor Moritz

Boris Karloff ... The Monster (as ?)
Edward Van Sloan ... Doctor Waldman
Frederick Kerr ... Baron Frankenstein

Dwight Frye ... Fritz
Lionel Belmore ... The Burgomaster
Marilyn Harris ... Little Maria
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Billings ... Villager (uncredited)
Mae Bruce ... Screaming Maid (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... Extra (uncredited)
Arletta Duncan ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
William Dyer ... Gravedigger (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Hans (uncredited)
Soledad Jiménez ... Mourner (uncredited)
Carmencita Johnson ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Seessel Anne Johnson ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Margaret Mann ... Mourner (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Ludwig (uncredited)
Pauline Moore ... Bridesmaid (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Villager (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Mourner at Gravesite (uncredited)
Cecilia Parker ... Maid (uncredited)
Rose Plumer ... Villager (uncredited)
Cecil Reynolds ... Waldman's Secretary (uncredited)
Ellinor Vanderveer ... Medical Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
James Whale 
 
Writing credits
John L. Balderston (based upon the composition by)

Mary Shelley (from the novel by) (as Mrs. Percy B. Shelley)

Peggy Webling (adapted from the play by)

Garrett Fort (screen play) &
Francis Edward Faragoh (screen play)

Richard Schayer (scenario editor)

Robert Florey  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
John Russell  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
E.M. Asher .... associate producer
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson 
Paul Ivano (uncredited)
 
Film Editing by
Clarence Kolster (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
 
Makeup Department
Pauline Eells .... wig maker (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup designer (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph A. McDonough .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ed Keyes .... property master (uncredited)
Herman Rosse .... set designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
C. Roy Hunter .... recording supervisor
William Hedgcock .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Franz Dallons .... props (uncredited)
Oscar Dallons .... props (uncredited)
Paul Dallons .... props (uncredited)
John P. Fulton .... special effects (uncredited)
Ken Strickfaden .... special electrical properties (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Brian J. McNamara .... digital restoration artist (remastered version)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sherman Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Freulich .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mae Bruce .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising film editor (as Maurice E. Pivar)
 
Music Department
Giuseppe Becce .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Broekman .... musical director (uncredited)
Gilbert Kurland .... music supervisor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corp.
Frank Graves .... electrical effects assistant (uncredited)
Raymond Lindsay .... electrical effects (uncredited)
Robert Livingston .... double: Colin Clive, closing distant shot (uncredited)
Cecil Reynolds .... medical consultant (uncredited)
Gerald L.G. Sampson .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
70 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Canada:(Banned) (Quebec) (original rating) | Finland:K-15 (2004) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 (video rating) | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (2002) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (cinema version) (cut) | USA:Unrated | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Boris Karloff often referred to the Frankenstein Monster as "the dear old boy".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the scene in the film where the monster is dragging a supposedly unconscious Henry up the stairs inside the windmill, on the final stairway, you can clearly see unconscious Henry walking up the stairs alongside the monster, making it easier for the monster to "carry" him up the stairs.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Dr. Henry Frankenstein:Down! Down, you fool!
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47 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Dated-yes, scary-sure, must see-absolutely !, 20 March 1999
Author: Donald J. Lamb from Philadelphia, PA

James Whale's original FRANKENSTEIN is a short but memorable horror classic that has influenced so many other fright flicks, it should be considered the Godfather of Horror Movies. This was the first of Universal Studios' moody screen adaptations of literary Gothic horror (the other being Dracula). Put all thoughts regarding Mary Shelly's novel aside and see this original work of art, with Boris Karloff bringing the ultimate monster to life.

The sets are a pure spin off of German Expressionism. The good Doctor Frankenstein's castle is twisted and distorted and seems to be not of this world. He is played by Colin Clive in a delightfully freakish performance. And, of course, the well-proportioned Fritz is there to help. Notice the signposts of evil in the opening grave robbing scenes. It is a prop-master's dream and the black and white photography displays a theatrical sense of spookiness. "It's Alive!" will live forever as one of the cinema's most familiar lines and the picture begins to sparkle as Karloff is brought to life. The influence of Fritz Lang's METROPOLIS is evident during the dazzling scene of the Monster's birth.

Boris Karloff is and always will be the prototypical Monster. The closeups of his face are truly frightening after all these years. He is walking death, however, Karloff gives him a hint of sadness, of a creature who was not meant to be. The flower-toss scene with the little girl was so controversial at the time of the film's release, it was cut from many versions. The new, restored print available on video has it.

I know FRANKENSTEIN has been spoofed many times and is wide-open to criticism regarding its dated look. Mel Brooks went so far as to use the actual props from Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory in his hilarious send-up, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Be sure to keep an open mind and watch it in the dark. Boris Karloff and James Whale have created a monstrously fun film.

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