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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 »
User Reviews:
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) *** See more (79 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)
 
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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:
Lon Chaney was known for his hard-drinking ways. During production of this film, Chaney became inebriated while in full costume and got "lost" in the intricate mazes that were part of the laboratory sets. It took several minutes for him to find his way free. A similar incident occurred many years later when Chaney played the Frankenstein Monster on an episode of Tales of Tomorrow. Once again, Chaney became intoxicated and mistakenly believed that the show's live telecast was actually the final dress rehearsal. For much of the performance, Chaney stumbled about, picking up breakaway props he was supposed to destroy and then setting them back down.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: When Elsa is reading Dr. Frankenstein's notes, we see flashbacks of the monster being created, superimposed on the screen over the notes. When Elsa gets to the part of the notes that reads, "And now to find a brain", the flashbacks have shown the monster charged with electricity and brought to life and although in proper history, the brain was put in first the flashbacks are meant to be Elsa imagining the creation of the monster. Having never known about the monster she would not have known that the brain was first.See more »
Quotes:
The Monster:[with Ygor's voice] I am... Ygor.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Halloween II (2009)See more »

FAQ

What is Ludwig's rationale for transplanting a new brain in the monster?
Why did they replace Wolf von Frankenstein with his brother Ludwig?
How does the movie end?
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) ***, 14 January 2005
Author: JoeKarlosi from U.S.A.

An often overlooked and under-appreciated entry in Universal's classic "Frankenstein" series that succeeds as an atmospheric, effortlessly paced monster movie. Dark, stormy nights, crashing thunder and lightning -- all add in setting the stage for a thoroughly satisfying night of chills.

Coming after FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, this comparatively "B" production benefits from a fine cast who is able to make the unconventional plot line seem quite believable. The dignified Cedric Hardwicke plays the more reserved, second son of the original Frankenstein, who is visited by the ever-sinister Ygor (Bela Lugosi, reprising one of his greatest roles that originated in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN), who now urges that the scientist restore strength to his misshapen friend, The Monster (newly played by Lon Chaney). Working with the dubious help of a spurned medical assistant (the always delightful Lionel Atwill), Frankenstein hopes to right the wrongs of his father by transplanting an educated brain into the monster's head.

After having played the definitive version of Frankenstein's Creation three times already, Boris Karloff vowed not to continue with the series at this point. It must have been a formidable task for Lon Chaney to take over the part for THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, but while he doesn't make as compassionate a monster as Karloff did, Lon does manage to endow the character with an awesome display of brute strength with his otherwise stone-faced performance.

This also features the lovely Evelyn Ankers as Frankenstein's daughter, and Ralph Bellamy as her heroic fiancé. Special consideration must be given to Hans J. Salter, who fashioned an excellent music score which perfectly compliments the impressive work of director Earl C. Kenton, who was able to take a gradually declining storyline and charge it up with some life. *** out of ****

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wow is this not as good as the first 3 teejay6682
Why Ygors brain did not continue to dominate the Monster. kartoon-1
The Ghost may have just been a delusion. kartoon-1
Ygor without the teeth Johnny_Shannow
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