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Director:
Writers:
Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)
Mary Shelley (based on the classic story by)
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Release Date:
25 June 1957 (USA) See more »
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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 » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
A landmark horror movie with a remarkable performance from Peter Cushing. See more (80 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Peter Cushing ... Victor Frankenstein

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

Christopher Lee ... The 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)

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 (uncredited)
 
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


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Runtime:
82 min | Japan:83 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolour)
Aspect Ratio:
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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)

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Trivia:
The script called for a child actress to play Hazel Court's character, Elizabeth, as a little girl of three or four in flashback scenes. Court suggested to the producers that her daughter, Sally Walsh, who looked very much like her mother, play the part. As Court said in an interview, "She hated it - HATED being in it! I think it was all foreign to her, and she didn't understand it. She still remembers it to this day, and still doesn't like it!"See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The puppy is clearly moving even before Victor determines it is alive by examining it.See more »
Quotes:
Priest:Perhaps you'd better start from the beginning.See more »
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34 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A landmark horror movie with a remarkable performance from Peter Cushing., 25 April 2004
Author: Infofreak from Perth, Australia

'The Curse Of Frankenstein' is a landmark horror movie for several reasons. Firstly, though Hammer had already released 'The Quatermass Xperiment', a science fiction movie with some horror elements, it was the studios first real entry into the genre which it is still revered around the world for. Secondly, it was the first movie inspired by Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' made in colour. And thirdly, while it wasn't the first movie to feature both Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee, it was their first horror movie together, and one which introduced one of THE great screen duos, who eventually made over twenty movies together. Lee doesn't have as much on screen time as one might expect, but his Monster is memorable and visually striking (after Universal threatened to sue if the image of Karloff's monster was copied). As well as Lee, the supporting cast includes good performances from Robert Urquhart and Hazel Court. Urquhart plays Paul Krempe, initially the young Baron's tutor (the Baron being briefly portrayed by Melvyn Hayes before Cushing), and later his often unwilling assistant. Court, best remembered for her roles in some of Roger Corman's Poe series, plays the Baron's cousin/fiancee. The standout performance of the movie is by Peter Cushing. I still think Karloff is the definitive Monster but Cushing is the definitive Baron Frankenstein. There were six sequels to 'The Curse Of Frankenstein' and Cushing played Frankenstein in all but one, the second last in the series 'The Horror Of Frankenstein', which was actually a tongue in cheek remake of 'Curse..' starring Ralph Bates as the Baron. The movie wasn't completely successful and thankfully Cushing returned for the final movie 'Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell'. For me the first and last in the series tie as the best Hammer Frankenstein movies and Cushing is remarkable in them both. I highly recommend 'The Curse Of Frankenstein', one of Hammer's greatest horror movies. No-one can truly call themselves a horror movie fan if they haven't seen it.

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