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Writer:
Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
5 March 1943 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
A Death Fight . . . Between Two Beasts ! See more »
Plot:
Larry Talbot chips Frankenstein's monster out of a block of ice. When Talbot changes to the Wolf Man, the two creatures do battle. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Ilona Massey ... Baroness Elsa Frankenstein

Patric Knowles ... Dr. Mannering

Lionel Atwill ... Mayor

Bela Lugosi ... Monster
Maria Ouspenskaya ... Maleva
Dennis Hoey ... Inspector Owen
Don Barclay ... Franzec
Rex Evans ... Vazec

Dwight Frye ... Rudi
Harry Stubbs ... Guno

Lon Chaney Jr. ... The Wolf Man (as Lon Chaney)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Clyde ... Llanwelly Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Jeff Corey ... Crypt Keeper (uncredited)
Sonia Darrin ... Villager at Festival (uncredited)
Cyril Delevanti ... Freddy Jolly--Graverobber (uncredited)
Lance Fuller ... Vasarian Villager (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Cardiff Police Constable (uncredited)
Adia Kuznetzoff ... Festival Singer (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Dr. Mannering's Nurse (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Beatrice Roberts ... Varja - Barmaid (uncredited)
Anne G. Sterling ... Gypsy Girl (uncredited)
Tom Stevenson ... Graverobber (uncredited)

Martha Vickers ... Margareta - Vazec's Daughter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roy William Neill 
 
Writing credits
Curt Siodmak (original screenplay)

Produced by
George Waggner .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
George Robinson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss 
 
Art Direction by
John B. Goodman  (as John Goodman)
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman  (as R.A. Gausman)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Jack P. Pierce .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Martin Obzina .... associate art director
Edward R. Robinson .... associate set decorator (as E.R. Robinson)
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound director
William R. Fox .... sound technician (as William Fox)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Eddie Parker .... stunt double: Lon Chaney Jr. (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunt double: Bela Lugosi (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Hans J. Salter .... musical director (as H.J. Salter)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman" - USA (video box title)
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Runtime:
74 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
The dialogue spoken by the Monster in the film was edited out before the film's release. His dialogue in the film spoke of his desire to control the world but Universal executives feared that World War II audiences would find it too close to Adolf Hitler's own rhetoric.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the monsters are wrestling on the floor, a book falls off one of the machines behind them. In a later scene of the fight, the book is back on the machine.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Frank Mannering:Mr Talbot, if you want us to help you, you must do as we say. Now, please lie down.
Lawrence Talbot:You think I'm insane. You think I don't know what I'm talking about. Well you just look in that grave where Lawrence Talbot is supposed to be buried and see if you find a body in it!
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Soundtrack:
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
The Underrated One, 13 December 2005

Of all of the later Frankenstein movies made by Universal, this one seems to be overlooked when compared to the previous "Ghost of Frankenstein" or the campy fun of "House of Frankenstein". Nevertheless, "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman" is probably the best of the bunch.

A direct sequel to both "The Wolf Man" and "Ghost of Frankenstein", the plot follows Larry Talbot (played again by Lon Chaney Jr.), the werewolf, who realizes that he can't die. In order to find inner peace he is on a quest for death, and Maleva, the gypsy, takes him to Vasaria, in order to fin Dr. Frankenstein. When they realize that Frankenstein is dead, Talbot finds the Creature (Bela Lugosi), now with Ygor's brain but severely damaged. When a doctor teams up with Talbot in order to help him, the Wolf Man won't be happy to discover the doctor's true intentions.

This movie is carried by Chaney Jr. who is totally inside the character of the Wolf Man. It is probably Chaney's best performance as beast, and he steals every scene he is in. As Talbot, he shows the horrible trauma of being an unwilling murderer, giving the character a greater presence that fills the screen with charm.

Bela Lugosi, as the creature, has more troubles to be satisfying, but it is important to note that most of his scenes were changed as the previous subplot of Ygor's brain was abandoned. Bad choice since the first scenes with the monster show him confused and blind without giving any explanation. The poor editing is responsible of Lugosi's apparent bad performance.

The rest of the cast is surprisingly good, with old friends like Lionel Atwill and Dwight Frye in small supporting roles. Beautiful Ilona Massey plays Elsa Frankenstein who in an odd change appears as a cold smart businesswoman vastly different from the character's traits in "Ghost of Frankenstein". Nevertheless, Massey plays the role with grace and her beauty shines in the screen.

Director Roy William Neill, known for his Sherlock Holmes movies, does a superior work than predecessor Erle C. Kenton and makes the most of his actors. Depsite the plot holes of the story and the awful changes the studio made to the original script, the movie flows with a good pace.

The whole atmosphere is an improvement that while it never reaches the levels of "Bride" or "Son", works very well and give the film a distinctive look.

Overall, a worthy addition to the Frankenstein saga, that even when it certainly could have been better, it is an enjoyable underrated movie. 7/10

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