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Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Romance | 21 November 1931 (USA)
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Dr. Frankenstein dares to tamper with life and death by creating a human monster out of lifeless body parts.

Director:

James Whale

Writers:

John L. Balderston (based upon the composition by), Mary Shelley (from the novel by) (as Mrs. Percy B. Shelley) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Colin Clive ... Henry Frankenstein
Mae Clarke ... Elizabeth
John Boles ... Victor Moritz
Boris Karloff ... The Monster (as Boris Karloff)
Edward Van Sloan ... Doctor Waldman
Frederick Kerr ... Baron Frankenstein
Dwight Frye ... Fritz
Lionel Belmore ... The Burgomaster
Marilyn Harris ... Little Maria
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Storyline

Henry Frankenstein is a doctor who is trying to discover a way to make the dead walk. He succeeds and creates a monster that has to deal with living again. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Certificate:

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Trivia

The Monster in this film does not physically resemble the character in Mary Shelley's novel. It was make-up artist Jack P. Pierce who came up with innovations such as the Monster's flat head, the bolts through the neck, the droopy eyelids, and the poorly-fitted suit. Any future Frankenstein film that features any of these physical abnormalities is taking its inspiration from Pierce's make-up work. See more »

Goofs

In the close up of Fritz grabbing the abnormal brain the skeleton is bouncing up an down. When it cuts to a quick long shot it is only swaying slightly. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Henry Frankenstein: Down! Down, you fool!
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Crazy Credits

In closing credits: A good cast is worth repeating See more »

Alternate Versions

According to film historian Richard Anobile, early European prints of the film include a screen writing credit for Robert Florey. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Cleopatra (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Grand Appassionato
(uncredited)
Music by Giuseppe Becce
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Classic Tale
11 May 2006 | by ReelCheeseSee all my reviews

Though not as spectacular as one would expect of such a classic, this loose interpretation of Mary Shelley's oft-told tale delivers. The familiar story focuses on Dr. Victor Frankenstein, the reclusive, stereotypical mad scientist obsessed with creating new life from stitched-together corpses. But something goes terribly wrong when the brain he uses turns out to be that of a criminal. The film starts out slow but redeems itself with time, particularly the windmill climax scene that by 1931 standards is nothing short of stellar. In one of filmdom's all-time great performances, Boris Karloff plays the monster as a sort of tragic figure unable to comprehend right from wrong, and the audience is left feeling more sympathetic than frightened by him.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$291,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,626
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Company Credits

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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