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Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama  |  13 January 1939 (USA)
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One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

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(suggested by the story written in 1816) (as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley) , (screenplay) (as Willis Cooper)
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Mrs. Neumüller (as Caroline Cooke)
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Lorimer Johnston ...
Burgher (as Lorimer Johnson)
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Storyline

Wolf von Frankenstein returns to the Baronial manor from the United States with his wife Elsa and son Peter. He not made welcome by the locals who are still terrified of his father's works and the monster he created. The local Burgomaster gives him a sealed briefcase left by his father and inside, Wolf finds his father's scientific notes. At the manor house he meets his father's assistant Igor who has a surprise for him: the monster his father created is still alive, though in some sort of coma. Wolf's initial attempts to re-animate the creature seem to fail but when Peter says he saw a giant in the woods, it appears he's met success. When people are mysteriously killed in the village there is little doubt that the monster is responsible. Written by garykmcd

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The black shadows of the past bred this half-man . . . half-demon ! . . . creating a new and terrible juggernaut of destruction !

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Sci-Fi | Horror | Drama

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13 January 1939 (USA)  »

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De zoon van Frankenstein  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Makeup artist Jack P. Pierce estimated it took four hours to transform Boris Karloff into the monster. See more »

Goofs

When Wolf (and the audience) sees the sulfur pit for the first time, you can see the body of The Monster sinking to the bottom. (Obviously an unused shot recycled from the end of the film.) See more »

Quotes

Baron Wolf von Frankenstein: [about the Monster] Have you ever even seen him?
Inspector Krogh: Most vivid recollection of my life. I was but a child at the time, about the age of your own son Herr Baron. The Monster had escaped and was... ravaging the countryside, killing, maiming, terrorizing. One night he burst into our house. My father took a gun and fired at him but the savage brute sent him crashing to a corner. Then he grabbed me by the arm!
[Krogh lowers his wooden arm]
Inspector Krogh: One doesn't easily forget, Herr Baron, an arm torn out by the ...
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Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main
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Written by Godfrey Marks
Sung a cappella by Donnie Dunagan
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Memorable
1 January 2000 | by (Vasaria) – See all my reviews

A strong cast (including Boris Karloff in his last screen appearance as the Monster) makes the second sequel to Frankenstein memorable. This time Henry Frankenstein's son, Wolf (Basil Rathbone) revives the dormant monster with the help of Ygor (Bela Lugosi, in his most underrated performance). This is an impressive, intelligent production that scores highly in all departments. 9/10


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