IMDb > The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Curse of Frankenstein
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 17 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.2/10   4,584 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 3% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
Mary Shelley (based on the classic story by)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Curse of Frankenstein on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
25 June 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Not recommended for people of nervous disposition See more »
Plot:
Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life. But his creature behaves not as he intended. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Baron Cushing - Resurrector Of The Dead See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Victor Frankenstein

Hazel Court ... Elizabeth
Robert Urquhart ... Paul Krempe

Christopher Lee ... the Creature / Creature
Melvyn Hayes ... Young Victor
Valerie Gaunt ... Justine
Paul Hardtmuth ... Professor Bernstein
Noel Hood ... Aunt
Fred Johnson ... Grandpa
Claude Kingston ... Little Boy
Alex Gallier ... Priest
Michael Mulcaster ... Warder
Andrew Leigh ... Burgomaster
Ann Blake ... Wife
Sally Walsh ... Young Elizabeth
Middleton Woods ... Lecturer
Raymond Ray ... Uncle
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josef Behrmann ... Fritz (uncredited)
Henry Caine ... Schoolmaster (uncredited)
Trevor Davis ... Uncle (uncredited)
Marjorie Hume ... Mother (uncredited)
Ernest Jay ... Undertaker (uncredited)
Eugene Leahy ... 2nd Priest (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ... Tramp (uncredited)
Raymond Rollett ... Father Felix (uncredited)
Create a character page for: ?

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)

Mary Shelley (based on the classic story by) (as Mary W. Shelley)

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
Max Rosenberg .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
James Bernard 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
James Needs 
 
Casting by
Dorothy Holloway 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Art Direction by
Ted Marshall 
 
Costume Design by
Molly Arbuthnot 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist (as H. Montsash)
Roy Ashton .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
George Turner .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
James Carreras .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Whitehurst .... assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Jimmy Komisarjevsky .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... master plasterer (uncredited)
Don Mingaye .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Tom Money .... property master (uncredited)
Fred Ricketts .... construction manager (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound (uncredited)
Jim Perry .... boom operator (uncredited)
Michael Sale .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Les Bowie .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jock Easton .... stunt double: Christopher Lee (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator
Steve Birtles .... lighting technician: second unit (uncredited)
Jack Curtis .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Jay .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harold Marland .... electrician (uncredited)
Harry Oakes .... focus puller (uncredited)
Bob Palmer .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Roy Norman .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... musical director
 
Other crew
Doreen Soan .... continuity
Faith Frisby .... production secretary (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
Create a character page for: ?

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
82 min | Japan:83 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolour)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (self applied) (2004) | Finland:(Banned) (1957) | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Netherlands:16 (video rating) | Netherlands:18 (re-rating) (1958) (original rating: not allowed) (1957) | Sweden:15 | Sweden:(Banned) (1957-1965) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:12 (tv rating) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2003) (2012) | UK:15 (video rating) (1989) | USA:Approved (PCA #18481) | West Germany:18 (VHS)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Ernest Jay, who has a minor role in this film, died before release.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The breaks in the balcony railing are already visible in the few shots before Frankenstein pushes Professor Bernstein to his death.See more »
Quotes:
Baron Frankenstein:Pass the marmalade Elizabeth.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Lolita (1962)See more »

FAQ

How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
What is 'The Curse of Frankenstein' about?
Is 'The Curse of Frankenstein' based on a book?
See more »
6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Baron Cushing - Resurrector Of The Dead, 23 May 2008
Author: Bensch from Salzburg, Austria

"The Curse Of Frankenstein" of 1957 truly is essential for every Horror lover to see. While this first entry to Hammer's ingenious Frankenstein series is not one of my personal favorite Hammer Productions, it were this film and the following "Horror Of Dracula" which basically redefined British Horror, and represent everything the Hammer Studios stand for. Mad Science and the Resurrection of the dead have always been among my favorite Horror topics, and Hammer's Frankenstein films starring the great Peter Cushing are among the most memorable films in the field. My personal favorite film in Hammer's Frankenstein franchise is still the brilliantly insane "Frankenstein Created Woman" of 1967, but this first film is also brilliant, and furthermore gets the benefit of originality. Sometimes in cinema, actors are predestined to play a certain role - and this is definitely the case with Peter Cushing here. Nobody else could have played the role of the obsessed Baron Victor Frankenstein as Cushing did. When it was Hammer's Dracula that made Christopher Lee the Horror icon he is, it was "The Curse Of Frankenstein" and its sequel that rose Peter Cushing to immortal fame.

Hammer's Baron Frankenstein is more (insanely) dedicated than the character is in the novel or any previous film, and Cushing is brilliant in the role, which he played six times altogether. While he is not necessarily a villain as such (he does what he does with the strong conviction of doing what's necessary for the benefit of mankind), Victor Frankenstein gets more and more dedicated to his obsession of creating artificial life and resurrecting the dead in this first "Frankenstein" film from Hammer, and, at a certain point, he is willing to do anything in order to achieve his goals. At first he is still supported by his assistant and former teacher Paul Kempe (Robert Urquhart) who gets more and more frightened by his former student's obsessive behavior...

I do not want to give too much of the plot away, but I guess everybody knows what the story of Frankenstein is about. As the story of Dracula, the Frankenstein story got its haunting Hammer-style makeover. From today's point of view the graphic depiction of violence and gore in the film may seem tame, but back in the day the early Hammer Classics "Curse Of Frankenstein" and "Horror Of Dracula" were some of the first films to actually show red blood, some gore and explicit violence. Both classics were directed by Terence Fisher, easily the most important Hammer director, and, as usual for hammer, the film is greatly photographed in eerie Gothic locations. Gothic castles, foggy grounds and a constantly gloomy mood - this is what makes a lot of the greatness of the world of Hammer. Peter Cushing truly is one of the greatest Horror icons ever, and Hammer's Frankenstein series probably earned him this deserved reputation more than anything else. The monster, by the way, is played by a fellow Horror icon, with whom Cushing formed the most awesome Horror-duo in a whole lot of films, none other than the great Christopher Lee. Hazel Court is a beauty in the female lead, the only tiny negative aspect is the fact that Robert Urquhart's character of Paul sometimes annoys with his moralistic nagging (also, while he is supposed to be Frankenstein's teacher, Urquhart clearly is years younger than Cushing). That does in no way lessen the greatness of this Hammer Classic, however. All said, "The Curse Of Frankenstein" is a true British Horror Classic, which every Horror fan must see, and no film buff in general should miss!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (71 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
First time viewer ricky1319
As I grew my taste changed from Universal to Hammer... kartoon-1
signs banjo48
Face Plant (spoilers) MrDeltoid77
Nastiest Fall gmksun
Question About The Servant Girl kazamaru
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Frankenstein The Revenge of Frankenstein Frankenstein Created Woman Frankenstein Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Horror section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.