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The Ghost of Frankenstein
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Scott Darling (screenplay)
Eric Taylor (original story)
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Release Date:
13 March 1942 (USA) See more »
Stark Terror! Added Thrills! in a Spine-Tingling Experience ! See more »
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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  (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)
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)

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

Did You Know?

The miniature of the burning castle shown at the climax of The Ghost of Frankenstein is identical to the miniature of the burning mansion shown at the climax of Night Monster.See more »
Continuity: When the monster appears outside Elsa's window, it casts a nearly full-body shadow on the library wall, with one arm fully visible, but in the close-ups of the monster the arm in question is obscured behind the window frame. Later in the same sequence, Ygor pops up over the monster's shoulder, yet the shadow cast seconds later shows only the monster.See more »
The Monster:[with Ygor's voice] I am... Ygor.See more »
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Does the monster suffer any aftereffects from being buried in the sulfur pit?
Why didn't Boris Karloff return as the monster?
What is the gas that Ludwig uses to subdue the monster?
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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Great Universal Monster Fun!, 20 July 2000

The story picks up somewhat after Son of Frankenstein...Ygor...still alive somehow and the monster go in search of the second son of Frankenstein to recharge the monster and ultimately put Ygor's brain in the monster's body.. That at least is the plan. This is certainly not the best of the Frankenstein cycle but it is a lot of fun. Bela Lugosi again chews up scenery as the demented crook-neck Ygor...a malevolent and evil persona that has befriended the "innocent" creature, played with depth and great ability by Lon Chaney Jr. In point of fact...Chaney's Monster ranks closely to Karloff's for his ability to give the monster a third dimension so to speak. His scene with the little girl and her ball is a gem. Lionel Atwill is in this as a bad scientist(a familiar role for him) and again he is very winning in his portrayal. Evelyn Ankers is good in the female lead and Cedric Hardwicke is adequate in his role as the Frakenstein progeny, although somewhat lacklustre to be sure. All in all a good Frankenstein film!

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