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
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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CHILLING HORROR FROZEN INTO A SUPERB EPIC OF TERROR! (Print Ad- Buffalo Courier-Express, ((Buffalo, NY)) 15 January 1932) See more »


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This is one of Guillermo del Toro's all time favorite films, and of it he said, "'Frankenstein' is a film, and a tale, that touches the very essence of what I am and all that I believe in. Whale's superb eye and tonal command are matched by a Karloff performance that manages to transmit both fragility and power." See more »

Goofs

When Henry and Elizabeth are sitting by the lake and talking about their upcoming wedding, the long shot that opens the scene shows a dog at Henry's feet, laying on his right side with his head up and looking around. In the next shot, however, the dog is asleep and laying on his left side. See more »

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[first lines]
Edward Van Sloan: How do you do? Mr. Carl Laemmle feels it would be a little unkind to present this picture without just a word of friendly warning. We're about to unfold the story of Frankenstein, a man of science who sought to create a man after his own image without reckoning upon God. It is one of the strangest tales ever told. It deals with the two great mysteries of creation: life and death. I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you. So if any of you feel that you...
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Alternate Versions

Contrary to popular belief, "Frankenstein" was never colorized. The rumor comes from a scene in the film Weird Science where the main characters watch colorized scenes from "Frankenstein". Those colorized clips were made exclusively for the John Hughes film and Oingo Boingo music video of the same name. There is no colorized VHS of "Frankenstein". See more »

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Music by Giuseppe Becce
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A True Classic of its Time
22 January 2001 | by mikeithSee all my reviews

The first thing one needs to realize when watching this movie is that it is useless to compare it to Mary Shelleys book. It has borrowed very little from the book, and has a soul that is all its own. Taken as its own piece of art, it is truly an instant classic: the performance of Karloff is wondrous to behold. He can get more emotion through his eyes than other actors can with a great piece of dialogue. A great great movie.


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Country:

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Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$291,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,626
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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