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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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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 »
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Still haunting after more than forty years. See more (76 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)
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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


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Runtime:
82 min | Japan:83 min
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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)

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Trivia:
Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing's friendship was sparked when Lee stormed into Cushing's dressing room, complaining that "I've got no lines!" Cushing kindly responded, "You're lucky. I've read the script."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When the blind man is attacked, the top button of the Creature's coat is unbuttoned in one shot and buttoned in the next.See more »
Quotes:
Baron Frankenstein:Pass the marmalade Elizabeth.See more »
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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Still haunting after more than forty years., 9 March 2001
Author: uncacreepy

This is a film that almost never was. Originally planned as a 'quota quickie', and, as Terence Fisher stated. "As a send-up," it ended up changing the British Film Industry for all time. It had gone international. Fisher owed Hammer a film, and somehow he managed to pull a script together in much the same manner as the Baron did body parts. It has been said that Jack Warner hated the film, but released it anyway, opening in the very theatre where 'The House of Wax' had premiered several years before. It was a success, much to the delight of Warner, and to Hammer. It also marked the beginning of the screen-teaming of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Today, the film seems a bit slow and not quite sure where it's going, but in 1957 it delivered a wallop in vivid color, to a long-waiting legion of fans. This was the true jumping-off point for Hammer, a small company who had been in production for a number of years, and they filled the void left by the American majors in the production of the 'horror film.' In a way, the film's tag-line kept it's promise.... 'The Curse of Frankenstein will haunt you forever.'

Quite by accident, 'The Hammer Look' changed the face of the fantasy film for all time.

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