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Director:
Writers:
Edward D. Wood Jr. (original story and screenplay) and
Alex Gordon (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
February 1956 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
More horrifying than "DRACULA"..."FRANKENSTEIN" See more »
Plot:
An mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Bela's last real movie role and he made it count See more (86 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Eric Vornoff
Tor Johnson ... Lobo
Tony McCoy ... Lt. Dick Craig
Loretta King ... Janet Lawton
Harvey B. Dunn ... Capt. Robbins
George Becwar ... Prof. Strowski
Paul Marco ... Kelton
Don Nagel ... Martin (as Don Nagle)
Bud Osborne ... Mac
John Warren ... Jake
Ann Wilner ... Tillie
Dolores Fuller ... Margie
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Newsboy (as William Benedict)
Ben Frommer ... Drunk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Conrad Brooks ... Suspect Outside Office (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward D. Wood Jr. 
 
Writing credits
Edward D. Wood Jr. (original story and screenplay) and
Alex Gordon (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Donald E. McCoy .... executive producer
Tony McCoy .... associate producer
Edward D. Wood Jr. .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Worth 
 
Cinematography by
Ted Allan (director of photography)
William C. Thompson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Warren Adams  (as Mike Adams)
Igo Kantor (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Harry Reif 
 
Makeup Department
Louis Haszillo .... makeup artist (as Louis J. Haszillo)
Maurice Seiderman .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Farfan .... assistant director (as Bob Farfan)
William L. Nolte .... assistant director (as William Nolte)
 
Art Department
George Bahr .... property master
 
Sound Department
Dale Knight .... sound recordist
Marshall Pollock .... sound effects editor (as Mike Pollock)
Lyle Willey .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Pat Dinga .... special effects
 
Stunts
Eddie Parker .... stunt double: Bela Lugosi (uncredited)
Red Reagan .... stunt double: Bela Lugosi (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas J. Connolly .... key grip
Louis Kriger .... electrician
Bert Shipham .... camera operator
Larry Smith .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Igo Kantor .... technical supervisor
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Bride of the Atom" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
69 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-18 (2004) | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 (2007) (DVD) | Spain:T | UK:X (original rating) | UK:PG (DVD rating) (2005) | USA:Approved | USA:Not Rated

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Trivia:
According to Paul Marco, Edward D. Wood Jr. thought that Bela Lugosi's memory might not be very good, so for Lugosi's long speech, Wood had the prop man make cue cards. Lugosi, upset, insisted he didn't need cue cards and he would "memorize it." Wood still insisted on the cue cards, telling Lugosi, "We have to be safe". Lugosi went to Marco for help. He had Marco promise not to show him the cue cards during the scene. Marco held the cards at his side the whole time and Lugosi never looked over once. After Lugosi's performance the whole crew got up and applauded.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Dr. Vernoff fights Lobo it is not Bella Lugosi fighting but a double. The double was shorter than Lugosi so to compensate, the double wore platform shoes that can be seen during the struggle.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Eric Vornoff:One is always considered *mad* if one discovers something that others cannot grasp!See more »
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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Bela's last real movie role and he made it count, 12 November 2003
Author: sol1218 from brooklyn NY

***SPOILERS*** Strange things have been happening around the Old Willow's place where a number of people have disappeared with the local police baffled about what happened to them. Janet Lawton, Loretta King, a local reporter has been writing stories about the disappearances and blaming them on what she calls "The Monster of Lake Marsh" which is getting people in the area very apprehensive and scared and making the police look helpless.

It turns out very early in the movie we're shown that a Dr. Eric Vornoff, Bela Lugosi, with the help of his hulking assistant Lobo, Tor Johnson, have been kidnapping people in the woods around Lake Marsh and using them in experiments. The trouble is that Dr. Vornoff's experiments haven't been working out like he planned them to with those who he's experimenting on ending up dead.

One afternoon at the local police station a prof. Strowski,George Becwar, shows up claiming that he's an expert on undiscovered monsters and thinks that whoever solve the mystery about the "Monster of Lake Marsh". Telling police Captain Robbins, Harvey B. Dunn, and his second in command Lt. Dick Craig, Tony McCoy, to meet him the next morning and go out in the Lake Marsh area looking for the monster Strowski for some mysterious reason never shows up!

Strowski instead checks out the Old Willow's Place where he comes face to face with Dr. Vornoff. It turns out that both Dr. Vornoff and prof. Strowski worked in, for some strange reason the country is never mentioned in the movie, the Soviet Union Back in the USSR Dr. Vornoff came up with a plan to create beings out of atomic energy that would be indestructible and use them to conquer the world for the USSR. The Soviet Government feeling that Dr.Vornoff was mad and ran him out of the country. Now it seems that they realized that Dr.Vornoff was on to something big and they want him back so they sent Strowski to the USA to fetch him and bring him "home".

Dr. Vornoff feeling insulted and condescended too instead tells Strowski to get lost that his plans for an army of atomic supermen is for his own purposes not for any country much less the Soviet Union who threw him out and stripped him of all his honors and accomplishments. It's then when Strowski pulls out a gun and tells Vornoff that his government ordered him to bring him back. Lobo sneaks up on Strowski and grabs him from behind then throws him into a water tank where he's killed by a giant octopus.

Meanwhile Janet, who's Lt. Craig's girlfriend is also snooping around the Old Willow's place looking to break the big story about the monster. Being attacked by a python Lobo comes to Janet's rescue and takes her back to Dr. Vornoff. Dr. Vornoff sees in Janet a new subject for him to try out his atomic experiments with but is interrupted when Lt. Craig, who went out looking for Strowski at the Old Willow's Place, bursts in before Dr. Vornoff can do his dirty work. Lt. Craig like it was with Strowski is grabbed from behind by Lobo who subdues him.

With Lt. Craig chained to the wall Dr. Vornoff goes on with his experiments on Janet. Lobo who has taken a liking to Janet then attacks Vornoff and stops him from pulling the switch. Strapping Vornoff to the operating table Lobo turns the juice on him but unlike the other times when the experiment failed and the persons died this time it worked! Vornoff turns into an atomic superman and clobbers Lobo and takes off with Janet in the woods with the whole police force hot on his heels.

Vornoff after being forced to releases Janet, after Lt. Craig rolled a bolder on him, falls into a pound where he's attacked by the octopus that killed Strowski. While Vornoff and the the octopus are engaged in a life and death struggle their hit by a lighting bolt! With what seems like the whole movie set goes up in a nuclear explosion with Captain Robbins, who was in charge of the police , ends the film by saying what has now become folk lore in movie history: "He Tampered in God's Domain".

"Bride of the Monster" was Bela Lugosi's last staring role and Bela gave it all that he had with the Mad Scientist bit which has to rank right up there with the best films that he made over his long movie career including "Dracula" and "Son of Frankenstein" as well as "Ninotchka". Bela's "I Have'a no Home" speech that he gave to prof. Strowski was as good as anything that you would hear in an Academy Award winning film or top flight Shakesperaean production.

Tor Johnson was also very effective as Lobo, even though he never uttered a word in the movie, by showing pain and affection for Janet who he tried to save from Dr. Vornoff's evil clutches and both Tony McCoy and Loretta King did have chemistry in the scenes that they were in together. George Becwar was more then adequate as the cagey and obsessed prof. Strowski trying to get Dr. Vornoff back home, to the USSR, to help in their nuclear research.

You can say that the movie was awful only because director Ed Wood didn't have the money to make it more extravagant. Ed had to relay on cheap sets and props and in some places in the film add in stock footage. Yet I wounder how many top directors in the film business today or in 1955 when "Bride of the Monster" was made would have done better then Wood did with what he had. People should think of that before they put Ed Wood's "Bride of the Monster" down.

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