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Bride of the Monster (1955)

Not Rated | | Horror , Sci-Fi | February 1956 (USA)
A mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen.

Director:

Edward D. Wood Jr.

Writers:

Edward D. Wood Jr. (original story and screenplay), Alex Gordon (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bela Lugosi ... Dr. Eric Vornoff
Tor Johnson ... Lobo
Tony McCoy Tony McCoy ... Lt. Dick Craig
Loretta King Loretta King ... Janet Lawton
Harvey B. Dunn Harvey B. Dunn ... Capt. Robbins
George Becwar George Becwar ... Prof. Strowski
Paul Marco Paul Marco ... Kelton
Don Nagel Don Nagel ... Martin (as Don Nagle)
Bud Osborne ... Mac
John Warren John Warren ... Jake
Ann Wilner Ann Wilner ... Tillie
Dolores Fuller ... Margie
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Newsboy (as William Benedict)
Ben Frommer Ben Frommer ... Drunk
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Storyline

Rumours abound about what may go on at a creepy mansion just out of town. The house is owned by Dr. Eric Vornoff who is conducting experiments to turn people into super-beings through the use of atomic power. Reporter Janet Lawton decides to look into what is going there and its possible connection to men that have disappeared in the area. When Vornoff takes her prisoner, he has definite plans for her. Written by fcabanski

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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bride of the Atom See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rolling M. Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of what Edward D. Wood Jr. aficionados refer to as "The Kelton Trilogy", a trio of films featuring Paul Marco as "Officer Kelton", a whining, reluctant policeman. The other two films are Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) and Night of the Ghouls (1959). Kelton is the only character to appear in all three films. See more »

Goofs

In both scenes, when Tillie is talking to Lawton and then with Capt. Robbins, the pencil she has tucked behind her ear can be see when she's filmed from behind, but when she's filmed head-on it disappears. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Eric Vornoff: My dear Professor Strowsky, twenty years ago, I was banned from my home land, parted from my wife and son, never to see them again. Why? Because I suggested to use the atom elements, for producing super beings, beings of unthinkable strength and size. I was classed as a madman, a charlatan, outlawed in a world of science which previously honored me as a genius. Now here in this forsaken jungle hell I have proven that I am all right. No, Professor Strowski, it is no laughing matter.
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References Son of Frankenstein (1939) See more »

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TWILIGHT OF A GOD
13 November 2004 | by chrisP-10See all my reviews

AS others have commented on, BOTM is indeed a competent B-movie. After

seeing it on public domain video I was glad to buy the Image DVD which has

very good image quality. You can see the movie the way Ed Wood intended it.

The lighting is competent; the camera work is competent.

But what elevates BOTM to film nirvana is Bela Lugosi's performance as Dr. Eric Vornoff (sp?). To those who say that Ed Wood exploited Bela (including Bela Jr), I say, at least he didn't put Bela in white plastic go-go boots and give him no dialogue, like the director of The Black Sleep did.

Without exception Bela's performances are hypnotic. His strange intonation, his deliberate facial gesture, his gravitas -- he is always the magnetic center of his films. And BOTM gives a summary of his career -- the Dracula hands, the White Zombie hands -- and the pathos of his "I have no home" speech -- give his

performance a dimension most of his roles (though check out "Invisible Ghost" for another excellent role) lacked.

"Nuff said. I enjoy the delirium of Glen or Glenda? and Plan 9, but Bride of the Monster is Bela's show ALL THE WAY.


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