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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.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Scott Darling (screenplay) (as W. Scott Darling), Eric Taylor (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney Jr. ... The Monster (as Lon Chaney)
Cedric Hardwicke ... Ludwig Frankenstein / Ghost of Henry Frankenstein (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Ralph Bellamy ... Erik Ernst
Lionel Atwill ... Doctor Theodore Bohmer
Bela Lugosi ... Ygor
Evelyn Ankers ... Elsa Frankenstein
Janet Ann Gallow Janet Ann Gallow ... Cloestine Hussman
Barton Yarborough Barton Yarborough ... Dr. Kettering
Doris Lloyd ... Martha
Leyland Hodgson ... Chief Constable
Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten ... Hussman
Holmes Herbert ... Magistrate
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Storyline

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

For some reason, after Ygor's brain is transplanted into the monster, the monster speaks in Ygor's own voice! There is no reason for this to be believable as the transplant did not include Ygor's vocal cords. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Villager: There's a curse upon this village, the curse of Frankenstein.
Crowd: Aye.
Older Villager: Aye, it is true. The whole countryside shuns the village. Our fields are barren, the inn is empty.
Village Mother of Hungry Children: My little ones cry in their sleep. They are hungry. There is no bread.
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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Alternate Versions

Another truncated version was released to 8mm under the title Frankenstein's New Brain. See more »

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Great Universal Monster Fun!
20 July 2000 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

The story picks up somewhat after Son of Frankenstein...Ygor...still alive somehow and the monster go in search of the second son of Frankenstein to recharge the monster and ultimately put Ygor's brain in the monster's body.. That at least is the plan. This is certainly not the best of the Frankenstein cycle but it is a lot of fun. Bela Lugosi again chews up scenery as the demented crook-neck Ygor...a malevolent and evil persona that has befriended the "innocent" creature, played with depth and great ability by Lon Chaney Jr. In point of fact...Chaney's Monster ranks closely to Karloff's for his ability to give the monster a third dimension so to speak. His scene with the little girl and her ball is a gem. Lionel Atwill is in this as a bad scientist(a familiar role for him) and again he is very winning in his portrayal. Evelyn Ankers is good in the female lead and Cedric Hardwicke is adequate in his role as the Frakenstein progeny, although somewhat lacklustre to be sure. All in all a good Frankenstein film!


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