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Scott Darling (screenplay)
Eric Taylor (original story)
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Release Date:
13 March 1942 (USA) See more »
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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 one. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A worthy fourth showing for Universal's Frankenstein See more (92 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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

Cedric Hardwicke ... Ludwig Frankenstein / Ghost of Henry 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)

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) | France:16 | Germany:12 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | Sweden:7 (re-rating) | UK:PG (2001) | UK:X (1954) | USA:Approved (certificate #8129)

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Boris Karloff, then acting in the hit Broadway show which became Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), had no interest in working on the film. Producer George Waggner wisely decided to retain Karloff's make-up out of fear that the public would not accept any change in the monster's appearance.See more »
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 »
[first lines]
Villager:There's a curse upon this village, the curse of Frankenstein.
Older Villager:Aye, it is true. The whole countryside shuns the village. Our fields are barren, the inn is empty.
Village Mother of Hungry Children:My little ones cry in their sleep. They are hungry. There is no bread.
Older Villager:It's the curse, the curse of Frankenstein.
Mayor:This is nonsense, folks. You talk as though these were the Dark Ages. You know as well as I do that the monster died in the sulfur pit under Frankenstein's tower. And that Ygor, his familiar, was riddled with bullets from the gun of Baron Frankenstein himself.
Older Villager:But Ygor does not die that easily. They hanged him and broke his neck, but he lives.
Villager:Haven't I seen him, sitting beside the hardened sulphur pit, playing his weird horn as if to lure the monster back from death to do his evil bidden?
Mayor:You talk like frightened children.
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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
A worthy fourth showing for Universal's Frankenstein, 28 March 2006
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

The third sequel to James Whale's 1931 masterpiece carries on with the idea put forward in Son of Frankenstein, in that the villagers from the settlement where Dr Frankenstein created his monster believe that their home is cursed. This leads us to Castle Frankenstein, where Bela Lugosi's Ygor is holed up. After the villagers burn the castle down, Ygor finds his 'friend', the monster; and the pair travel to the home of Frankenstein's second son Ludwig, whom Ygor hopes will be able to revitalise the monster. The events of Son of Frankenstein don't play too heavily on the plot of this film, and several important plot points have been ignored so that the plot is able to move as the writer wanted it too. This is somewhat annoying, but there are slight attempts to explain the reappearance of certain key characters that go some way to sorting it. The main plot idea is basically the same as Son of Frankenstein, in that it sees a descendant of the original doctor trying to heal his father's monster at the request of the sinister Ygor.

Watching this film, it's obvious where Hammer Horror got a lot of their ideas for the continued story of Frankenstein from. There isn't a lot of reference towards the classic Mary Shelly story, and like Hammer would go on to do; this is a new take on the classic horror story. The Ghost of Frankenstein is hugely enjoyable as long as you don't go into it expecting more than a B-movie picture. The cast give the film many of it's main plus points. Series star Boris Karloff doesn't appear in this instalment, but classic star Bela Lugosi makes up for his absence. Lugosi's Ygor is the main driving force behind this film, and he brings just the right amount of calculation and malevolence to his crippled character. Lugosi is joined by Lon Chaney Jr, who steps into Karloff's role as Frankenstein's Monster. Really, he doesn't have all that much to do; but he's a worthy replacement for Karloff. Cedric Hardwicke is the doctor this time around, and does a fairly good job; while Lionel Atwill swaps his role of the one-armed inspector in Son of Frankenstein for Doctor Frankenstein's immoral assistant. Overall, this isn't as good as the three films that preceded it; but it offers a good time, and if you're a fan of the series, you'll no doubt like this too.

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