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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 »
Genre:
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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The George Lazenby of Frankenstein See more (75 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)
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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:
The first draft of the script was written by Eric Taylor was considered too depressing. The original Taylor treatment brought Wolf von Frankenstein back into play, as well as Ygor, plus a misshapen hunchback, Theodor. Ygor's plan was to create a vengeful mob of society's rejects, ala Freaks (1932), led by himself, with the Monster as brute force. A rewrite was ordered and given to veteran writer Scott Darling who retained the fundamental scenario but made significant changes.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The first time we see the close-up for the wall plaque for "Dr. Frankenstein - Diseases of the Mind" outside his "mansion", it is hardly in such a place. If you look close to the left of the sign you'll see a ladder, wires on the ground, palm trees and a station wagon type of car.See more »
Quotes:
Elsa Frankenstein:[Erik arrives on a carraige] Where are you going Erik?
Erik:Hello Elsa. I didn't see you. Where's your father? I must speak with him.
Elsa Frankenstein:What are you doing driving around the countryside in the middle of the day? Town prosecutor should be in his office working.
Erik:Sometimes my work takes me out of my office. I came to see your father.
Elsa Frankenstein:That's pretty. I flattered myself that you came way out here just to take me for a drive.
Erik:I wish that were the case darling. Nothing would make me happier. But this is a very serious matter, I must see your father
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FAQ

How much time has elapsed between "Son of Frankenstein" and "The Ghost of Frankenstein"?
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The George Lazenby of Frankenstein, 6 May 2004
Author: 23skidoo-4 from Calgary, Canada

No one envied George Lazenby when he became the first actor to play James Bond after Sean Connery bowed out of the role. I can only imagine that Lon Chaney Jr. must have felt the same sort of pressure when he was signed to take over the role of Frankenstein's Monster from the great Boris Karloff.

Ghost of Frankenstein is, for some reason, one of the more obscure of the Frankenstein series -- I guess in the same way Lazenby's On Her Majesty's Secret Service is considered one of the lesser known Bond films. Coming on the heels of the Karloff trilogy, it does have a second-hand feel to it that doesn't allow the film to reach the heights of its predecessors.

This is unfortunate because the movie isn't that bad, actually. In terms of inter-film continuity it probably has the strongest ties with the previous film, Son of Frankenstein, thanks to the continuing presence of Ygor (who, for reasons never explained, survived being shot in Son of Frankenstein). Ygor continues to act as Svengali/Pied Piper to The Monster, and Bela Lugosi turns in a performance that in my opinion rivals if not surpasses Dracula. Anyone who thinks Lugosi was a one-note ham actor capable of only variations on Dracula should check out this film and Son of Frankenstein for a revelation.

As the Monster, Lon Chaney isn't bad. Being considerably stockier than Karloff, he somehow appears smaller (blame the sulfur pit, perhaps?). Chaney also chooses to play the role completely mute, a departure from Karloff's growling portrayal. There are several moments where he manages to evoke the types of emotion Karloff was capable of showing under the flat-top -- including a rather puzzling moment where the Monster recognizes Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein, the son of the original Dr. Frankenstein (maybe there's some backstory that we are unaware of?).

Cedric Hardwicke as Ludwig Frankenstein tries hard but is unable to produce the same sort of near-madness that his predecessors Colin Clive and Basil Rathbone exhibited, while Lionel Atwill (playing a different role than the policeman from Son of Frankenstein) has a fairly thankless and somewhat confusingly written role to play in the eventual fate of The Monster.

Universal was not known for its inter-film continuity, and although Ghost manages to tie in quite successfully with Son (if not the earlier films) there are still a few jarring continuity gaffes, the most notable being the use of a different actor for the scene when the original Dr. Frankenstein pays a ghostly visit to his son (hence the source of the title in case you're wondering) -- even though Colin Clive, the original (but by the time this film was made, sadly deceased) actor is clearly shown in a flashback sequence.

Ghost of Frankenstein is far from being the best of Universal's Frankenstein series, but as a middle-of-the-pack entry, it's quite worthwhile. And for serious fans of The Monster who feel that the later "team-up" entries in the series are abominations (that is to say Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, and Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein), then this film is pretty much the end of the Frankenstein Monster story.

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