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Director:
Writers:
Scott Darling (screenplay)
Eric Taylor (original story)
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Release Date:
13 March 1942 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Stark Terror! Added Thrills! in a Spine-Tingling Experience ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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You Can't Keep a Good Monster Down! See more (77 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lon Chaney Jr. ... The Monster (as Lon Chaney)

Cedric Hardwicke ... Ludwig Frankenstein (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)

Ralph Bellamy ... Erik Ernst

Lionel Atwill ... Doctor Theodore Bohmer

Bela Lugosi ... Ygor
Evelyn Ankers ... Elsa Frankenstein
Janet Ann Gallow ... Cloestine Hussman
Barton Yarborough ... Dr. Kettering
Doris Lloyd ... Martha
Leyland Hodgson ... Chief Constable
Olaf Hytten ... Hussman
Holmes Herbert ... Magistrate
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Villager (uncredited)
Lionel Belmore ... Councillor (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Villager (uncredited)

Colin Clive ... Dr. Henry Frankenstein (archive footage) (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... Frone (uncredited)
Jack Curtis ... Actor (uncredited)
George Eldredge ... Constable (uncredited)

Dwight Frye ... Villager (uncredited)
Lawrence Grant ... Mayor (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Villager (uncredited)
Brandon Hurst ... Hans (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Councillor (uncredited)
Jimmy Phillips ... Indian (uncredited)

William Smith ... Village Boy (uncredited)
Ernie Stanton ... Constable (uncredited)
Julius Tannen ... Sektal (uncredited)
Harry Tenbrook ... Villager at Hearing (uncredited)
Glen Walters ... Village Mother of Hungry Children (uncredited)
Janet Warren ... Goose Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Erle C. Kenton 
 
Writing credits
Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling)

Eric Taylor (original story)

Produced by
George Waggner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter  (as H.J. Salter)
 
Cinematography by
Elwood Bredell  (as Woody Bredell)
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Ted J. Kent  (as Ted Kent)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist
Ellis Burman .... makeup department technician (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles S. Gould .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Harold H. MacArthur .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
Charles Carroll .... sound technician
 
Special Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
67 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Brazil:Livre | Finland:K-11 (2004) | Finland:(Banned) (1948) | Germany:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:7 (re-rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #8125)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The dramatic shadow cast by the monster's hand when first discovered by Ygor in the sulfur pit comes from a light source completely at odds with the overhead light shining down into the sulfur pit in which we see the monster encased.See more »
Quotes:
Elsa Frankenstein:Father, who was that strange man I saw leaving the house?
Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein:Oh. No one of any consequence darling. A patient.
Elsa Frankenstein:He smiled at me. A cruel smile. It was dreadful.
Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein:Well you know what my patients are. Don't let it worry you
[Ludwig sees Elsa's attention is on the diary of his father. He ushers her out of the room]
Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein:Come along my dear. I must be getting down to the village.
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
You Can't Keep a Good Monster Down!, 17 May 2004
Author: (bsmith5552@rogers.com) from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Ghost of Frankenstein" was the fourth film in Universal's Frankenstein series. Although both the budget and running time had been cut back, it nevertheless remains an entertaining film.

The story picks up following the ending of "Son of Frankenstein" (1939) where the monster and his friend Ygor had apparently perished. Not so. You can't keep a good monster down these days. The villagers (including Dwight Frye) plan to destroy what is left of Frankenstein's castle. As they prepare to blow it up Ygor (Bela Lugosi) is spotted on the castle walls. He had been keeping a vigil over the spot where the monster was believed to have perished.

The explosion reveals the monster (Lon Chaney Jr.) to be alive. Ygor spirits him away just in time and takes him to the village of Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein (Cedric Hardwicke), the second Frankenstein son. The monster takes a liking to a little girl Cloestine Hussman (Janet Ann Gallow) but kills two villagers who try to rescue her. The monster is overpowered and arrested. A trial ensues and the prosecutor Erik Ernst (Ralph Bellamy) tries to find out who and what the monster is. Dr. Frankenstein testifies that he does not know the monster. This sends the monster into a rage and he escapes with Ygor.

Ygor takes the monster to Frankenstein's home and convinces the doctor to help restore the monster to his former strength. Meanwhile his daughter Elsa (Evelyn Ankers) discovers her father's papers and we are shown in a flashback to the original film, how the monster was created. Frankenstein decides that the only thing to do is to destroy the monster.

His father's ghost (i.e. the "Ghost" of the title also played by Hardwicke) appears to him and suggests that giving the monster a new brain would be a better solution. Frankenstein agrees and wants to use the brain of a colleague whom the monster has just murdered. But Ygor convinces Frankenstein's assistant Dr. Bohmer (Lionel Atwill) otherwise and......

Chaney plays the monster as a total mute and shows little emotion except when the little girl is involved. It would be Chaney's only appearance as the monster. Hardwicke lacks the passion of Colin Clive in the two first installments which weakens his performance. Atwill who had played the police inspector in the previous film is suitably sinister as the mad doctor who joins with Ygor. Lugosi again turns in an excellent performance as the evil Ygor. Ankers lets go with a couple of her patented ear splitting screams. Bellamy has little to do as Ankers' love interest and prosecutor.

Oddly enough, even though Colin Clive (who died in 1937) is clearly seen in the flashback sequence as Henry Frankenstein, it is also clearly Hardwicke portraying Henry's "Ghost". Dwight Frye also seen in the flashback, has a small role as a villager at the beginning of the film.

Although the ending is a little over the top, the film is still pretty good thanks to its excellent cast of veteran performers.

Followed by "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman" (1943) in which Lugosi plays the monster.

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