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The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

Approved | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 13 March 1942 (USA)
When Ygor brings the Monster to Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein for care, Ludwig gets the idea of replacing the Monster's current criminal brain with a normal one.

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Complete credited cast:
... The Monster (as Lon Chaney)
... Ludwig Frankenstein / Ghost of Henry Frankenstein (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
... Erik Ernst
... Doctor Theodore Bohmer
... Ygor
... Elsa Frankenstein
Janet Ann Gallow ... Cloestine Hussman
Barton Yarborough ... Dr. Kettering
... Martha
... Chief Constable
Olaf Hytten ... Hussman
... Magistrate
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Ygor resurrects Frankenstein's monster and brings him to the original doctor's son, Ludwig, for help. Ludwig, obsessed with the idea of restoring the monster to full power, is unaware that his various associates all have different ideas about whose brain is to be transplanted into the monster's skull. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Reaching a height of 6'3" and weighing in at 220 pounds, Lon Chaney Jr. was a large man even before he was "enlarged" for the role of Frankenstein's Monster. After Chaney had donned Jack P. Pierce's makeup and prosthetic devices, he stood 6'9" tall and weighed 284 pounds. See more »

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[first lines]
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Older Villager: It's the curse, the curse of Frankenstein.
Mayor: This is nonsense, folks. You talk as though these were the Dark Ages. You know as well as I do that the monster died in the sulfur pit under Frankenstein's tower. And that Ygor, his familiar, was riddled ...
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The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) ***
14 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

An often overlooked and under-appreciated entry in Universal's classic "Frankenstein" series that succeeds as an atmospheric, effortlessly paced monster movie. Dark, stormy nights, crashing thunder and lightning -- all add in setting the stage for a thoroughly satisfying night of chills.

Coming after FRANKENSTEIN, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN and SON OF FRANKENSTEIN, this comparatively "B" production benefits from a fine cast who is able to make the unconventional plot line seem quite believable. The dignified Cedric Hardwicke plays the more reserved, second son of the original Frankenstein, who is visited by the ever-sinister Ygor (Bela Lugosi, reprising one of his greatest roles that originated in SON OF FRANKENSTEIN), who now urges that the scientist restore strength to his misshapen friend, The Monster (newly played by Lon Chaney). Working with the dubious help of a spurned medical assistant (the always delightful Lionel Atwill), Frankenstein hopes to right the wrongs of his father by transplanting an educated brain into the monster's head.

After having played the definitive version of Frankenstein's Creation three times already, Boris Karloff vowed not to continue with the series at this point. It must have been a formidable task for Lon Chaney to take over the part for THE GHOST OF FRANKENSTEIN, but while he doesn't make as compassionate a monster as Karloff did, Lon does manage to endow the character with an awesome display of brute strength with his otherwise stone-faced performance.

This also features the lovely Evelyn Ankers as Frankenstein's daughter, and Ralph Bellamy as her heroic fiancé. Special consideration must be given to Hans J. Salter, who fashioned an excellent music score which perfectly compliments the impressive work of director Earl C. Kenton, who was able to take a gradually declining storyline and charge it up with some life. *** out of ****


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