Larry Talbot finds himself in an asylum, recovering from an operation performed by the kindly Dr. Mannering. Inspector Owen finds him there, too, wanting to question him about a recent spate of murders. Talbot escapes and finds Maleva, the old gypsy woman who knows his secret: when the moon is full, he changes to a werewolf. She travels with him to locate the one man who can help him to die - Dr. Frankenstein. The brilliant doctor proves to be dead himself, but they do find Frankenstein's daughter. Talbot begs her for her father's papers containing the secrets of life and death. She doesn't have them, so he goes to the ruins of the Frankenstein castle to find them himself. There he finds the Monster, whom he chips out of a block of ice. Dr. Mannering catches up with him only to become tempted to monomania while using Frankenstein's old equipment.Written by
Bitter about Bela Lugosi's success with Ygor in Son of Frankenstein (1939) and his own performance going largely ignored, Boris Karloff contacted his friends at Universal and set out to sabotage Bela's part: he had the production unjustly edit out all the dialogue off Lugosi's monster role, making Bela's Frankenstein creature appear dumb and his performance thereby inept, since the explanation about his being blind (and thus the reason behind his careful walk) had been deleted. This was one of the many ways Karloff used to destroy Bela Lugosi's career, since the studio would then use what turned into a somewhat bizarre performance (which was the editor's fault) as justification for not hiring Bela for Universal's future Dracula roles, such as in the following year's House of Frankenstein (1944). Of course, Boris Karloff was behind all this. See more »
After Larry Talbot frees Frankenstein's monster from the ice, he asks the monster where Dr. Frankenstein's journal is as they walk into the remains of the castle, but his mouth does not move. See more »
Freddy Jolly - Graverobber:
[reading from a headstone]
'Lawrence Stewart Talbot, who died at the youthful age of thirty one. R.I.P.' That's it. Give me the chisel.
Suppose they didn't bury him with the money on him.
Freddy Jolly - Graverobber:
Everybody in the village knows about it - his gold watch and ring and money in his pockets.
It's a sin to bury good money when it could help people.
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A scientist's hand is shown pouring a chemical into a flask, which bubbles over in vapor that coalesces into the film's title and cast names. See more »
Though not nearly up to the standards and fun level of "Ghost Of Frankenstein", this neat little Universal gem has it's heart in the right place! Wonderful opening sequence in the graveyard, plenty of atmosphere, typically gorgeous Universal studio sets and it's famous monsters! What more can you ask for? Chaney is superb as the tormented Larry Talbot but Bela leaves quite a bit to be desired as the monster. Universal would have been better off using Glen Strange one film earlier instead of waiting for 1944's "House Of Frankenstein". All in all, a fun film that staggers a bit after a rip-roaring start!
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