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Writers:
Hurford Janes (additional dialogue)
Jimmy Sangster (writer)
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Release Date:
1 June 1958 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The Terror Rises Again See more »
Plot:
We watch Baron Frankenstein escaping from the guillotine and going to Germany. There, he names himself Dr... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Fair-Worthwhile See more (35 total) »

Cast

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Peter Cushing ... Doctor Victor Stein
Francis Matthews ... Doctor Hans Kleve

Eunice Gayson ... Margaret Conrad
Michael Gwynn ... Karl Immelmann
John Welsh ... Dr. Bergman

Lionel Jeffries ... Fritz
Oscar Quitak ... Dwarf
Richard Wordsworth ... Up Patient
Charles Lloyd Pack ... President of the Medical Council
John Stuart ... Inspector
Arnold Diamond ... Dr. Malke
Marjorie Gresley ... Countess Barscynska (as Margery Cresley)
Anna Walmsley ... Vera Barscynska
George Woodbridge ... Janitor
Michael Ripper ... Kurt
Ian Whittaker ... Boy with Gerda
Avril Leslie ... GIrl - Gerda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Gallier ... Priest at Execution (uncredited)
John Gayford ... Footman (uncredited)
George Hirste ... Dirty Old Patient (uncredited)
Raymond Hodge ... Official At Exhumation (uncredited)
Gerald Lawson ... Legless Patient (uncredited)
Eugene Leahy ... Kleine (uncredited)
Michael Mulcaster ... Tattoo Harry (uncredited)
Gordon Needham ... Male Nurse (uncredited)
Julia Nelson ... Inga (uncredited)
Robert Brooks Turner ... Joseph the Groom (uncredited)
Freddie Watts ... Patient (uncredited)
Middleton Woods ... Patient (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Baxt  additional dialogue (uncredited)
Hurford Janes  additional dialogue
Jimmy Sangster  writer

Produced by
Michael Carreras .... executive producer
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Anthony Nelson Keys .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Leonard Salzedo 
 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher 
 
Film Editing by
Alfred Cox 
 
Casting by
Dorothy Holloway 
 
Production Design by
Bernard Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist
Henry Montsash .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Don Weeks .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Lynn .... assistant director
Tom Walls .... second assistant director
Hugh Harlow .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Banks .... master plasterer (uncredited)
Charles Davis .... master carpenter (uncredited)
Eric Hillier .... props buyer (uncredited)
Mick Lyons .... construction manager (uncredited)
Don Mingaye .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Tom Money .... property master (uncredited)
Lawrence Wren .... master painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jock May .... sound recordist
Alex Carver-Hill .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
Alfred Cox .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jim Perry .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Cowlard .... camera grip
Len Harris .... camera operator
Harry Oakes .... focus puller
Jack Curtis .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Tom Edwards .... still photographer (uncredited)
Anthony Powell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rosemary Burrows .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
James Needs .... supervising editor
Alan Corder .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Peter Todd .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... music supervisor
Muir Mathieson .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Doreen Dearnaley .... continuity
Molly Badham .... chimp trainer (uncredited)
Ken Gordon .... cashier (uncredited)
Pat Green .... production secretary (uncredited)
Arthur Kelly .... studio manager (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
89 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-15 (2002) | Finland:(Banned) (1958) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating) (2002) | Norway:16 (1971) | Sweden:15 | Sweden:(Banned) (1958-1967) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating: 1986) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2002) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
First Hammer Horror of Michael RipperSee more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Peter Cushing's face appears during a very short sequence instead of Oscar Quitack's. This has been confirmed by Cushing himself and may be some kind of private joke.See more »
Quotes:
Doctor Victor Stein:It should have been perfect. I made it to be perfect. If the brain hadn't been damaged, my work would have been hailed as the greatest scientific achievement of all time. Frankenstein would have been accepted as a genius of science. Instead, he was sent to the guillotine. I swore I would have my revenge. They will never be rid of me!See more »

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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Fair-Worthwhile, 16 January 2001
Author: jplenton from cardiff, wales

The Revenge Of Frankenstein is the second instalment in Hammer studio's Frankenstein series. The first film, The Curse Of Frankenstein, was the company's debut horror feature and a commercial success. It paved the way for a plethora of horror films and made 'stars' of Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Lee is absent from Revenge. but Cushing returns in the titular role along with director Terence Fisher and writer Jimmy Sangster.

Having narrowly escaped the guillotine, Dr./Baron Frankenstein retreats to a new town to pledge his trade. Adopting the 'cunning' pseudonym 'Dr. Stein', he opens two medical practices. One serves the wealthy, financing the second which treats the poor and needy. This humanitarian/philanthropist set-up masks the fact that both practices support, in terms of money and body parts respectively, the good doctor's true interests. He has a secret laboratory in a disused wine cellar where he continues his infamous experiments. After three years in the new town his practice is such a success that the local medical council is becoming redundant. The members hold an emergency meeting to discuss the problem of Dr. Stein.

Terence Fisher's Frankenstein series concentrates on the doctor (and in turn science) as the source of 'evil'. Frankenstein's blind ambition and lack of moral code is the real source of horror. This premise is strikingly different from earlier Frankenstein stories. In the Mary Shelley original, both the doctor and the 'monster' are portrayed as victims of science. In James Whale's celebrated duet the doctor is the misguided hero. In both cases the doctor is misled by scientific ambition but retains a strong moral code throughout. The sinister Dr. Pretorius in Bride Of Frankenstein could be seen as a better prototype for Fisher's doctor.

In Revenge. rather than retreading the familiar experiment of the previous film(s), a spin has been put on events. Here Frankenstein's construction of the 'monster' has reached its zenith and is given short shrift. Instead the problem and focus of the film is that of the brain. A living brain is required so transplants are in order. Cue a bloodied brain slopping into a specimen jar. Loopy proceedings include a priceless hand-eye co-ordination experiment (every lab should have one) and a cannibalistic chimp with the brain of an orang-utan. The brain transplantation theme is taken the logical step further in And Frankenstein Created Woman, which involves the transfer of the soul.

Although it evokes some viewer sympathy, the 'monster' is not as innocent as the creations in earlier films and in a way deserves its fate. Its appearance is not that impressive either, when it goes on the rampage the facial expression and make-up reminded me of Michael Palin. The fact that the 'monster' starts to regress back to his half paralytic state suggests that the condition stemmed from the brain, Frankenstein's diagnosis was wrong.

This is the only error Frankenstein makes. His assistant, Dr. Kleve, and workers (the cleaner is an 'expert' on zoology) make them for him. Thus the experiment ends in disaster. If Dr Kleve had not helped Frankenstein with the final transplantation, he could be considered to have been a 'plant' from the medical council. The final creation is of course ludicrous. How could the body be a perfect likeness? Still, it paved the way for further sequels.

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