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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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No Chains Can Hold Him! No Tomb Can Seal Him In! See more »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ghost of Frankenstein See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lon Chaney Jr. finished The Wolf Man (1941) on November 27, 1941, then started this film on December 15, finishing on January 15, 1942. Release took place on April 3. See more »

Goofs

The "iron" handrail on the steps on the stairway in the Vasaria town square wobbles visibly, revealing it's a flimsy wooden prop. 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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Last of the Universal-International classics
11 February 2010 | by SanFernandoCurtSee all my reviews

"Ghost of Frankenstein" ended the 11-year run of Universal's classic horror films, which began with "Dracula" and the original "Frankenstein". Bela Lugosi repeats his role as the lugubrious "handyman" Ygor from "Son of Frankenstein", giving the movie a sense of continuity. Boris Karloff had migrated to Broadway for a few years, and so was unavailable for the title role he'd created. The chores, and the patented Jack Pierce makeup, go to Lon Chaney Jr. He's not bad. A different monster than Karloff, he's more beefy, physically menacing, and, so, scarier in a way. It has hints of a true ghost story, with detective tale elements, although there is no mystery, of course, with a title like this. And what a cast! Interestingly, Atwill does NOT repeat his role as the maimed police official from "Son..." and he's at his malicious best in this one. For classic horror completists, a must. After this entry, the Universal monster series deteriorated to the "monster reunion" films in which they'd all show up to contribute mayhem - "Hey, Dracula! How ya doin', Wolfman!"


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