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House of Frankenstein (1944)

Passed | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 1 December 1944 (USA)
An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

Director:

Erle C. Kenton

Writers:

Edward T. Lowe Jr. (screenplay) (as Edward T. Lowe), Curt Siodmak (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boris Karloff ... Doctor Niemann
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Larry Talbot (as Lon Chaney)
J. Carrol Naish ... Daniel
John Carradine ... Dracula aka Baron Latos
Anne Gwynne ... Rita Hussman
Peter Coe ... Carl Hussman
Lionel Atwill ... Inspector Arnz
George Zucco ... Professor Bruno Lampini
Elena Verdugo ... Ilonka
Sig Ruman ... Hussman
William Edmunds William Edmunds ... Fejos
Charles Miller Charles Miller ... Burgomaster Toberman
Philip Van Zandt ... Inspector Muller
Julius Tannen ... Hertz
Hans Herbert Hans Herbert ... Meier
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Storyline

After escaping from an asylum the mad Dr. Niemann and his hunch back assistant revive Count Dracula, the Wolf Man and the Frankenstein monster in order to extract revenge upon their many enemies. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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All the Screen's Titans of Terror - Together in the Greatest of All SCREEN SENSATIONS! See more »

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Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chamber of Horrors See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Glenn Strange was the fourth actor to play the Monster in Universal's Frankenstein series. The actor who played the original Monster, Boris Karloff, was also present in the film, playing the role of Dr. Niemann. Being on the set, Karloff was able to personally coach Strange in the way the Monster should be played. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Nieman and Daniel leave the prison ruins, Daniel picks up a lantern from the rubble. The electrical cable can be clearly seen as he moves through the tunnel towards the forest. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Gustav Niemann: Now will you give me my chalk?
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A segment of this film was released to the 8mm home movie market by Castle Films, under the title Doom of Dracula. See more »


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Gypsy Tantrums
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Music by Max Rapp and Milton Rosen
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Great Cast Makes Film Better Than It Should Be
19 May 2004 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"House of Frankenstein" is salvaged by a great cast of seasoned performers who make this movie better than it should be, given it's split "B" movie story. In a move to re-generate interest in its fading horror series, Universal gives us Dracula, the Frankenstein monster, the Wolf Man, the Hunchback and the Mad Doctor all in the same film. But where's the Mummy? It is essentially divided into two parts.

We begin with the notorious Dr. Gustav Niemann (Boris Karloff) and his hunchback assistant Daniel (J. Carroll Naish) escaping from the prison in which they have been held for the past 15 years. They come upon a traveling Chamber of Horrors that supposedly includes the remains of the infamous Count Dracula, run by a Professor Lampini (George Zucco). Neimann wants to return to his home and resume his work of creating life from dead bodies and take revenge upon his accusers. The unfortunate Professor is quickly dispatched and Neimann takes his place.

It turns out that the remains of Dracula are genuine and Neimann brings him back to life in the form of John Carradine. Neimann plans to use Dracula as the instrument of his revenge. He is sent to murder the local Burgomeister (Sig Ruman) and is attracted to his grand daughter Rita (Anne Gwynne). When Rita is abducted by Dracula, her husband (Peter Coe) and the local police Inspector (Lionel Atwill) give chase and .....

Meanwhile Neimann plans to go to the ruins of Frankenstein's castle to seek out the scientist's notes on the creation of his creature. Along the way they stop at a gypsy camp and Daniel becomes infatuated with a gypsy girl Ilonka (Elena Verdugo). At the castle Daniel falls into a frozen cave where they find the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney Jr.) and the Frankenstein monster (Glenn Strange). The Wolf Man changes back into Lawrence Talbot and pleads with Neimann to help rid him of his werewolf curse.

Neimann takes them both back to his laboratory but becomes pre-occupied with restoring the monster rather than helping Talbot. Ilonka begins to fall in love with Talbot but is warned of Talbot's curse. The full moon comes up and you know what happens next. Daniel attacks Neimann because of his broken promises to him. The monster suddenly awakens and.....

The teaming of Karloff and Chaney makes this film work. Karloff is great as the mad doctor and Chaney brings pathos and sympathy to his portrayal of the doomed Talbot. Carradine makes a surprisingly good Dracula in an all too brief appearance. Naish almost steals the film as the tragic Daniel whose love for the gypsy girl is doomed from the start. Cowboy actor and former stuntman Glenn Strange takes over as the monster but has little to do until the last reel. Atwill and Zucco sadly, make only brief appearances in minor roles.

Followed by "House of Dracula" (1945) a similar but inferior film.


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