The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

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When Ygor brings the monster to Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein for care, Ludwig gets the idea of replacing the monster's current criminal brain, with a normal brain.



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Complete credited cast:
The Monster (as Lon Chaney)
Ludwig Frankenstein (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Janet Ann Gallow ...
Barton Yarborough ...
Doris Lloyd ...
Leyland Hodgson ...
Olaf Hytten ...
Holmes Herbert ...


Ygor resurrects Frankenstein's monster and brings him to the original doctor's son, Ludwig, for help. Ludwig, obsessed with the idea of restoring the monster to full power, is unaware that his various associates all have different ideas about whose brain is to be transplanted into the monster's skull. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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13 March 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El fantasma de Frankenstein  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ygor and the Monster weren't the only characters who came back from the dead. Michael Mark and Lionel Belmore, who play the two council members murdered in Son of Frankenstein (1939) are back as council members in this one, seemingly none the worse for wear. See more »


Ygor seems to have been able to have his teeth fixed since the end of Son of Frankenstein although he has been sitting by the sulfur pit since the earlier film. See more »


[the monster is struck by lightning]
Ygor: The lightning. It is good for you! Your father was Frankenstein, but your mother was the lightning!
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Breezy, Enjoyable Universal Fun!
6 June 2000 | by (Bayonne, NJ) – See all my reviews

OK, we all know that "Frankenstein" was the trend setter. "The Bride Of Frankenstein" was the superior follow-up and "Son Of Frankenstein" was the most literate. But of all the Universal Studios "Frankenstein" movies, my favorite is 1942's "The Ghost Of Frankenstein". I really don't know why, perhaps because this is the film I caught most often at midnight on "Fright Night" on WOR-TV. The movie itself is standard fare, but to me it is so breezy and so much fun I just enjoy watching it over and over again. Lugosi is great a Ygor the hunch back servant who is the monsters guiding light. Chaney Jr. is not the ideal frankenstein but he pulls it off here. Some great lines like Lugosi's "Look at the lightning, the lightning is your mother" he says to the creature. All in all, a lot of fun with a heavy dose of Universal charm and atmosphere!

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