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Bride of Frankenstein -- Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein (goaded by an even madder scientist) builds his monster a mate.


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Mary Shelley (suggested by: the original story written in 1816 by)
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Release Date:
6 May 1935 (USA) See more »
WHO will be The Bride of Frankenstein WHO will dare? See more »
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Boris Karloff ... The Monster (as Karloff)

Colin Clive ... Henry Frankenstein

Valerie Hobson ... Elizabeth

Ernest Thesiger ... Dr. Pretorius

Elsa Lanchester ... Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley / The Monster's Mate (as ?)

Gavin Gordon ... Lord Byron

Douglas Walton ... Percy Bysshe Shelley

Una O'Connor ... Minnie

E.E. Clive ... Burgomaster
Lucien Prival ... Butler

O.P. Heggie ... Hermit

Dwight Frye ... Karl
Reginald Barlow ... Hans
Mary Gordon ... Hans' Wife

Anne Darling ... Shepherdess (as Ann Darling)
Ted Billings ... Ludwig
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adair ... Hunter in Woods (uncredited)
Norman Ainsley ... Archbishop (uncredited)

Billy Barty ... Baby (uncredited)
Frank Benson ... Villager (uncredited)
Maurice Black ... Gypsy (uncredited)

Walter Brennan ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Mae Bruce ... Villager (uncredited)
A.S. 'Pop' Byron ... King (uncredited)

John Carradine ... Hunter at Hermit's Cottage (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan ... Procession Leader (uncredited)

Grace Cunard ... Villager (uncredited)

Jack Curtis ... Hunter (uncredited)
J. Gunnis Davis ... Uncle Glutz (uncredited)
Kansas DeForrest ... Ballerina (uncredited)

Elspeth Dudgeon ... Gypsy's Mother (uncredited)

Helen Jerome Eddy ... Gypsy's Wife (uncredited)
Neil Fitzgerald ... Rudy (uncredited)
Brenda Fowler ... Mother (uncredited)

John George ... Villager (uncredited)

Helen Gibson ... Villager (uncredited)
Marilyn Harris ... Girl (uncredited)
Carmencita Johnson ... Friend of murdered girl (uncredited)
Rollo Lloyd ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Josephine McKim ... Little Mermaid (uncredited)

Torben Meyer ... Victim in Flashback (uncredited)
Edwin Mordant ... Coroner (uncredited)

Edward Peil Sr. ... Villager (uncredited)
Tempe Pigott ... Auntie Glutz (uncredited)
Sarah Schwartz ... Marta (uncredited)
Peter Shaw ... Devil (uncredited)

Mary Stewart ... Neighbor (uncredited)
Frank Terry ... Hunter at Hermit's Cottage (uncredited)
Anders Van Haden ... Villager (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Maid (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ... Priest (uncredited)

Joan Woodbury ... Queen (uncredited)

Directed by
James Whale 
Writing credits
Mary Shelley (suggested by: the original story written in 1816 by) (as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)

William Hurlbut (adapted by) and
John L. Balderston (adapted by) (as John Balderston)

William Hurlbut (screenplay)

Josef Berne  adaptation (uncredited)
Lawrence G. Blochman  adaptation (uncredited)
Morton Covan  adaptation (uncredited)
Robert Florey  story (uncredited)
Philip MacDonald  adaptation (uncredited)
Edmund Pearson  screenplay (uncredited)
Tom Reed  contributing writer (uncredited)
R.C. Sherriff  adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Carl Laemmle Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Franz Waxman 
Cinematography by
John J. Mescall (photographer)
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent (film editor) (as Ted Kent)
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall 
Costume Design by
Vera West (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Irma Kusely .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Otto Lederer .... makeup associate (uncredited)
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Frank .... assistant director (uncredited)
Harry Mancke .... assistant director (uncredited)
Joseph A. McDonough .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
William Hedgcock .... sound technician (uncredited)
Gilbert Kurland .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David S. Horsley .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Ken Strickfaden .... special electrical properties (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... photographic effects
Cleo E. Baker .... miniatures (uncredited)
Jack Cosgrove .... matte paintings (uncredited)
David S. Horsley .... optical effects (uncredited)
Russell Lawson .... matte paintings (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Dodds .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Alan Jones .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Stoll .... grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Maurice Pivar .... supervising film editor (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... orchestral conductor (as Bakaleinikoff)
Larry Aicholtz .... music recordist (uncredited)
Abe Meyer .... music coordinator (uncredited)
Clifford Vaughan .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Oliver Wallace .... musician: organ (uncredited)
Other crew
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
Carl Laemmle .... president: Universal Pictures Corp.
Flo Brummel .... script clerk (uncredited)
Buddy Daggett .... secretary: Carl Laemmle Jr. (uncredited)
George DeNormand .... double: Reginald Barlow (uncredited)
Monte Montague .... double: Ernest Thesiger (uncredited)
Peter Shaw .... double: Ernest Thesiger (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Bride of Frankenstein" - USA (poster title)
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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Noiseless Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 (1976) | Germany:12 (video rating: 2000) | Iceland:L | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1935) | Norway:16 (1986) | South Korea:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating: 1989) | UK:X (re-rating) (1956) | UK:H (re-rating) (1943) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #768) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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Although the Bride of Frankenstein is one of most iconic Universal monsters, she only had 3 minutes of screen time in the entire film.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the outdoor night scenes, the eerily-lit "clouds" in the sky do not move, revealing them as background paintings.See more »
[first lines]
Lord Byron:[Prologue]
[Lord Byron 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 our dear Shelley. Heavens applause for England's greatest poet.
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Ave Maria (Op.52 No.1)See more »


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55 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
The Monster is More True to Shelley's Vision, 7 March 2006
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

When Ernest Thesiger points and says, "The bride of Frankenstein," rolling his r's, he creates one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history. I do consider the second film superior to the first (though I love them both) because of the complexity of the characters and, more specifically, the monster. In Shelley's book the monster is lonely but articulate. He seeks out a bride. Frankenstein creates one but then destroys her, making his creature furious and vengeful. This monster actually has a kind part to him. For him to be blunt force thug can only go so far. It works in the first film but how much more growling and stomping could there be? The scenes of him wandering in the countryside, meeting the lonely old blind man in the house in the woods, and being shown kindness by him is very touching. The monster is allowed some humanity; some privacy. We know this can't last because his creator has doomed him. We often see Victor as some kind of hero, but, in reality, he has committed an incredible sin against another being. He wants a companion, but she turns on him and destroys his hope.

The setup, with Elsa Lanchester as Mary Shelley, talking with the foremost romantic poets of the time, Percy Shelley and Lord Byron (who also rolls his r's), is a great lead in as she brags about writing a story that will make your skin crawl. She must have been something in that male dominated society. Of course, her mother was one of the first to demand rights for women. When she reappears as the Bride, it is awesome. And who came up with the hair. It is one of those things like the monster's neck bolts, that has become such an icon for our culture.

These early Universal films deserve to be judged as major movies. Just because the subject is horror, doesn't mean they should be dismissed. James Whale was a great director with an amazing vision.

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