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Son of Frankenstein ()


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One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

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Baron Wolf von Frankenstein
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The Monster
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Ygor
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Inspector Krogh
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Elsa von Frankenstein
Donnie Dunagan ...
Peter von Frankenstein
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Amelia
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Thomas Benson
Perry Ivins ...
Fritz
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Burgomaster
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Emil Lang
Michael Mark ...
Ewald Neumüller
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Frau Neumüller (as Caroline Cooke)
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Burgher
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Burgher (as Lorimer Johnson)
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Burgher
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Villager (unconfirmed)
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Policeman (uncredited)
Betty Chay ...
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Bearded Gendarme (uncredited)
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Jacob Dance ...
Villager at Train Station (uncredited)
Jack Harris ...
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Russ Powell ...
Webber - Burgher (uncredited)
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Dr. Berger (uncredited)

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Rowland V. Lee

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Mary Shelley ... (suggested by the story written in 1816) (as Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)
 
Wyllis Cooper ... (screenplay) (as Willis Cooper)

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Rowland V. Lee ... producer

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Frank Skinner

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George Robinson ... director of photography

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Ted J. Kent ... (as Ted Kent)

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Jack Otterson

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Russell A. Gausman ... (as R.A. Gausman)

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Vera West ... (gowns)

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Jack P. Pierce ... makeup artist (uncredited)

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Fred Frank ... assistant director

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Richard H. Riedel ... associate art director

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Bernard B. Brown ... sound supervisor
William Hedgcock ... sound technician

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John P. Fulton ... special effects (uncredited)

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Bud Wolfe ... stunts (uncredited)

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Charles Previn ... musical director
Hans J. Salter ... music arranger (uncredited)
Frank Skinner ... orchestrator (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Wolf von Frankenstein returns to the Baronial manor from the United States with his wife Elsa and son Peter. He not made welcome by the locals who are still terrified of his father's works and the monster he created. The local Burgomaster gives him a sealed briefcase left by his father and inside, Wolf finds his father's scientific notes. At the manor house he meets his father's assistant Igor who has a surprise for him: the monster his father created is still alive, though in some sort of coma. Wolf's initial attempts to re-animate the creature seem to fail but when Peter says he saw a giant in the woods, it appears he's met success. When people are mysteriously killed in the village there is little doubt that the monster is responsible. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines The black shadows of the past bred this half-man . . . half-demon ! . . . creating a new and terrible juggernaut of destruction ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Le fils de Frankenstein (France)
  • El hijo de Frankenstein (Spain)
  • La sombra de Frankenstein (Spain)
  • Le fils de Frankenstein (Belgium, French title)
  • Frankensteinin poika (Finland)
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Trivia Due to the lack of a prepared script, much of the picture was written just moments before the actors were to shoot their scenes. This was how director Rowland V. Lee was able to keep Bela Lugosi working throughout filming, and built up the role of Ygor, which never appeared in the original Wyllis Cooper screenplay. Lugosi was forever grateful to Lee for allowing him to create what turned out to be one of his very best characterizations. After many delays, shooting finally started November 9, 1938, finishing January 5, 1939, just days before its prescribed release date of January 13. Boris Karloff's daughter, Sara Karloff was born on his 51st birthday, November 23, 1938. See more »
Goofs When Wolf (and the audience) sees the sulfur pit for the first time, you can see the body of The Monster sinking to the bottom. (Obviously an unused shot recycled from the end of the film.) See more »
Movie Connections Edited into The Son of Frankenstein (1966). See more »
Soundtracks Sailing, Sailing, Over the Bounding Main See more »
Quotes Inspector Krogh: One doesn't easily forget, Herr Baron, an arm torn out by the roots.
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