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Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 May 1935 (USA)
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Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.

Director:

James Whale

Writers:

Mary Shelley (suggested by: the original story written in 1816 by) (as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley), William Hurlbut (adapted by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... The Monster (as Karloff)
Colin Clive ... Henry Frankenstein
Valerie Hobson ... Elizabeth
Ernest Thesiger ... Doctor Pretorius
Elsa Lanchester ... Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley / The Monster's Mate
Gavin Gordon ... Lord Byron
Douglas Walton ... Percy Bysshe Shelley
Una O'Connor ... Minnie
E.E. Clive ... Burgomaster
Lucien Prival ... Butler
O.P. Heggie ... Hermit
Dwight Frye ... Karl
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Hans
Mary Gordon ... Hans' Wife
Anne Darling ... Shepherdess
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Storyline

Dr. Frankenstein and his monster both turn out to be alive, not killed as previously believed. Dr. Frankenstein wants to get out of the evil experiment business, but when a mad scientist, Dr. Pretorius, kidnaps his wife, Dr. Frankenstein agrees to help him create a new creature, a woman, to be the companion of the monster. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A BRIDE FOR THE MONSTER COMES TO LIFE IN A SCIENTIST'S LABORATORY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bride of Frankenstein See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$397,024 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Noiseless Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Three of the film's stars had or would have close family connections to senior British diplomats or politicians: (1) Boris Karloff's elder brother Sir John Thomas Pratt was an expert on Britain's relations with China and Japan and held diplomatic posts in both countries, Ernest Thesiger's first cousin Sir Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford held numerous senior diplomatic positions, most notably serving as the Viceroy of India from 1916 to 1921 and (3) Valerie Hobson was later married to the controversial Conservative Secretary of State for War John Profumo from 1954 until her death in 1998. See more »

Goofs

When the two hunters first discover the Monster in the hut with the blind hermit, one of them has a rifle and begins fumbling with it in an attempt to shoot, but drops it when the Monster knocks him down. He also loses his hat in the tussle. The hermit intervenes, but the hunters tell him that his 'friend' is a murderer and the Monster, hearing this, moves toward them again. The hunter then inexplicably has his hat back on his head and the rifle back in his hand and is hurriedly trying to cock it. As the Monster closes in, the camera pans back, showing the hunter now without his hat and rifle again and instead hiding behind a column. The quick scene of the hunter hurriedly trying to cock the rifle should be placed earlier in the sequence, when the hunters first appear in the doorway, and before the Monster knocks the hunter down. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[prologue]
[Lord Byron looking out the window at a thunderstorm]
Lord Byron: How beautifully dramatic! The cruelest savage exhibition of nature at her worst without.
[turns to face Mary and Percy Shelley, both seated]
Lord Byron: And we three. We elegant three within. I should like to think that an irate Jehovah was pointing those arrows of lightning directly at my head. The unbowed head of George Gordon, Lord Byron. England's greatest sinner. But I cannot flatter myself to that extent. Possibly those ...
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Crazy Credits

In the opening and closing credits, "The Monster's Mate" is listed as being played by " ? " . Elsa Lanchester is only billed as playing Mary Shelley. See more »

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Soundtracks

Frühlingslied (Spring Song) Op.62 #6
(1842) (uncredited)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Danced by Kansas DeForrest
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30 August 2002 | by crissoSee all my reviews

Forget the likes of "The Godfather II" and "The Empire Strikes Back" - "Bride of Frankenstein" is THE greatest example of a sequel completely surpassing the original in terms of sheer brilliance. Coming four years after the original 'Frankenstein' in 1931, director James Whale was originally reluctant to make a sequel but changed his mind after being allowed to make the film more on his own terms. No other director has ever managed to blend horror, comedy and pathos as successfully Whale. The film features some of the most memorable scenes in cinema history, notably the monster's encounter with a lonely hermit and the introduction of 'The Bride'. The film has it all: superb casting, tremendous sets and make up, memorable dialogue ("To a new world of Gods and monsters") and a brilliant score by Franz Waxman. Boris Karloff must surely be one of the greatest actors to ever appear on film. He manages to improve on his initial characterisation of the Monster, due mainly to the addition of dialogue ("Friends, good!"), and, unlike in the first movie, actually makes us feel total empathy for the Monster. Colin Clive returns as the reluctant Doctor F, Una O'Connor makes a wonderful addition as the twittering and hysterical Minnie, but it is Ernest Thesiger who steals the film with his hilarious performance ("Have a cigar. They are my only weakness") as the sinister Dr. Pretorious. Although Elsa Lanchester appears as the Bride for only about 2 minutes at the film's finale, it will be the role for which she is forever associated. The film is regarded as the high point of the Universal horror series and stands as a testament to the genius of James Whale.


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