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Frankenstein (1931)

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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

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James Whale

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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 ?)
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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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The man who made a monster See more »

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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Франкенштейн See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$291,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Bela Lugosi inadvertently paved the way for Boris Karloff's fame: if Lugosi hadn't turned down the role of the monster, Karloff might have forever remained relinquished to obscure villain bit parts, as he had been confined to doing for the ten years since arriving in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Dr Waldman presents two brains in glass jars each bearing two neatly typed labels, one in Latin, the other in English. The good brain reads "CEREBRUM" and "NORMAL BRAIN" while the other reads "DYSFUNCTO CEREBRI" and "ABNORMAL BRAIN." When Fritz breaks into the medical school, the typed NORMAL and ABNORMAL labels have been replaced by larger, hand-printed ones. See more »

Quotes

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

In the opening credits: The Monster - ? See more »

Alternate Versions

The above cut was made in 1937 by the request of the Hays Office when Universal applied for certification to re-release the picture. The Hays Office also requested the elimination of dialogue in which the name of "God" is used, and the shortening of the scene in which Fritz torments the Monster with fire. See more »

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Grand Appassionato
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Music by Giuseppe Becce
[End title & end cast music]
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WHAT MORE CAN YOU SAY ABOUT ONE OF THE GREATEST?
3 October 2000 | by mord39See all my reviews

MORD39 RATING: **** out of ****

Dark, cloudy nights. Thunder and lightning. Colin Clive's Frankenstein shouts: "It's Alive!", and Boris Karloff lurches forth in Jack Pierce's greatest monster makeup of all time....What more can be said about this classic?

It's one of the first (and greatest) horror movies of all time and required viewing. Karloff's sympathetic monster can evoke fear as well as break our hearts. This film made him a huge star after years of working as an unknown in tons of features.

James Whale is a masterful director, though there are less "light moments" in FRANKENSTEIN than some of his later horror films. Interestingly enough, the lack of a music score in this movie actually works in its favor.

Tight, brisk, and oozing with the stuff nightmares are made of, this grandaddy of all monster films needs no further selling.


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