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The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Bride of Frankenstein (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Horror | 22 April 1935 (USA)
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Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.



(suggested by: the original story written in 1816 by) (as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley), (adapted by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Monster (as Karloff)
Lucien Prival ...
O.P. Heggie ...
Reginald Barlow ...
Mary Gordon ...
Anne Darling ...
Shepherdess (as Ann Darling)


Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both turn out to be alive, not killed as previously believed. Dr. Frankenstein wants to get out of the evil experiment business, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps his wife, Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature, a woman, to be the companion of the monster. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Release Date:

22 April 1935 (USA)  »

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$397,024 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Noiseless Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film Daily-New York City, Tuesday, May 7, 1935: Differences between the Roxy and the Rialto theaters as to which house to to get "The Bride of Frankenstein" were settled yesterday when the management involved agreed upon a compromise under which the Arthur Mayer (the Rialto) operation will play another Universal Pictute, Werewolf of London (1935), while the Roxy gets "The Bride of Frankenstein." The settlement cancels an injunction which Mayer asked in the Federal Court, New York. Under the booking deal participated in by both theaters, the Rialto is play action pictures while the Roxy gets films described as family pictures. Mayer contended that "The Bride of Frankenstein" came within his classification and started proceedings against Howard S. Cullman, operator of the Roxy, and the Big U exchange. See more »


While the Monster is trying to keep the shepherd girl from screaming, his hand is alternately on/off her mouth between shots. See more »


[first lines]
Lord Byron: Prologue
[looking out the window at a thunderstorm]
Lord Byron: How beautifully dramatic! The cruelest savage exhibition of nature at her worst without.
[turns to face Mary and Percy Shelley, both seated]
Lord Byron: And we three. We elegant three within. I should like to think that an irate Jehovah was pointing those arrows of lightning directly at my head. The unbowed head of George Gordon, Lord Byron. England's greatest sinner. But I cannot flatter myself to that extent. Possibly those thunders are for ...
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Crazy Credits

In the opening and closing credits, "The Monster's Mate" is listed as being played by " ? " . Elsa Lanchester is only billed as playing Mary Shelley. See more »


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Ave Maria (Op.52 No.1)
(1825) (uncredited)
Written by Franz Schubert
Played on violin by O.P. Heggie (dubbed). Also played in the score
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Best horror movie of all time
12 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest horror movies of all time and the highlight of James Whale's career. The atmosphere evoked from the sets is near perfect, and although actually filmed on the Universal back-lot, you can believe that you are being led through a 19th century Bavaria. Although Karloff portrayed the monster only 3 times, this was undoubtedly the pinnacle of his career, and the film that most fans will remember him for. Mention should also be made of the excellent performance given by Ernest Thesiger as Doctor Pretorious. I've been interested in movies since I was 4 years old and have "Bride of Frankenstein" to thank for that. Superb.

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