A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
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
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Originally, the film was going to be a tailor-made vehicle for French director Robert Florey and new Horror star Bela Lugosi. Judging by surviving documents, their version of "Frankenstein" would have been quite different to the one that was eventually made. Florey had ideas for making the film as a more somber and bleak production. For example: the Frenchman's idea for an ending, was for Henry Frankenstein to die from being shot at the burning windmill and for Elizabeth to die soon after from a broken heart. In addition, the elderly Baron Frankenstein was to succumb to a heart attack, brought on by grief. Robert Florey story-boarded the last scene to show the funeral of all three characters. For Lugosi, his depiction of the creature was to display none of the character depth and sympathy brought to the role by Karloff. In the hands of the former, the creature would have been a psychopathic murderer. Not long before filming began, Florey was notified that he and Lugosi had been removed from the production with immediate effect. As a consolation, director and actor were offered the film "Murders in the Rue Morgue." See more »
Right before Fritz climbs the gibbet to cut down the hanged man, supposedly a beam of light from his lantern hits and travels across the "sky" behind him, which is obviously a backdrop. The latter is right, the "light beam" however is a lens flare, which is obvious because it also travels before Frankenstein without being displaced - it's an optical phenomenon and not a practical one. See more »
The opening credits say "Based upon the composition by John L. Balderston", without elaborating on what "Based upon the composition" really means, especially in this case, where there is already one original writer (Mrs. Percy B. Shelley) credited, along with a playwright, two screenwriters, and one scenario editor. See more »
According to film historian Richard Anobile, early European prints of the film include a screen writing credit for Robert Florey. See more »
Oh,the many tellings and variations of this classic story.This,without question,is the best presentation of the classic story by Mary Shelley. The film was presented in such a way that makes you feel as though you are watching a stage play rather than a film.A creature is given the complicated thing called life.His large,overpowering human form,coupled with the limited capacity to grow,and learn,turn out to be very deadly indeed.He is,basically,a very large baby,who does not understand the world around him.He wreaks havoc on those who he feels are out to hurt him.I have seen the completed version of this film,complete with the disturbing sequence involving the little girl with the flowers,which was cut out of the film for many years.It is indeed shocking,and once you see it,you will understand why this was done.While you are shocked at this,at the same time you are sympathetic with the creature,knowing that he does not understand what he is doing,and meant no harm.Most movie monsters,particularly of this era,are just evil beings that make us cheer with delight at the sight of their destruction.When it comes to Frankenstein,we are almost sad to see this creature,who did not ask for life to begin with,meet his end.Classic horror,classic film.
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