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Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 21 November 1931 (USA)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

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James Whale

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John L. Balderston (based upon the composition by), Mary Shelley (from the novel by) (as Mrs. Percy B. Shelley) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Colin Clive ... Henry Frankenstein
Mae Clarke ... Elizabeth
John Boles ... Victor Moritz
Boris Karloff ... The Monster (as Boris Karloff)
Edward Van Sloan ... Doctor Waldman
Frederick Kerr ... Baron Frankenstein
Dwight Frye ... Fritz
Lionel Belmore ... The Burgomaster
Marilyn Harris ... Little Maria
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Storyline

Henry Frankenstein is a doctor who is trying to discover a way to make the dead walk. He succeeds and creates a monster that has to deal with living again. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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USA

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Release Date:

21 November 1931 (USA) See more »

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Frankenstein See more »

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Budget:

$291,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

John Huston wrote an early version of the warning speech given at the start of the film. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Frankenstein and the Monster are fighting atop the burning windmill in medium shot, both their outlines shimmy, revealing the primitive (yet effective) matte process that put the stormy sky behind them. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dr. Henry Frankenstein: Down! Down, you fool!
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Crazy Credits

In closing credits: A good cast is worth repeating See more »

Alternate Versions

In 1986, Universal restored three censored segments, including Maria's death scene, lengthening the movie to 72 minutes for videotape/laser disc release. See more »

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Music by Giuseppe Becce
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Karloff's most memorable
26 November 2003 | by ElswetSee all my reviews

Even though in 1931 this movie was already a remake, this is an age-old classic. Done in 1931, fully black and white, this amazingly creepy tale still bears the marks of a genuine masterpiece. Having withstood the tests of time, I find this brilliantly directed portrayal just as darkly enchanting as I did 30 years ago. It is hard to believe that it has been over 70 years since this wonderful production was first released, but that not withstanding, it is a hauntingly beautiful, disturbingly tragic work of pure genius which is still just as compelling today as it was when it was made.

In my opinion, this is also Karloff's best work. In this desensitized society, I feel honored and humbled to be able to view a movie of this caliber. When it was released, it was the scariest thing to be put on film. Today, there are gore effects, CGI, and a plethora of other mediums with which to shock and amaze us.

Soon, the makeup artists of old will be wholly lost to the industry. If for no other reason, we should cherish these classics. Witness the industry when true artisans plied their crafts.

The casting of Karloff in this part was the epitome of ideal casting. There was no other actor at that time, who could have contributed to this role, the darkling charm which Karloff demonstrated through this character. Of all the remakes done of this classic, I still favor the original work. The only remake which contains even the smallest degree of the magic of this original was the 1974 Mel Brooks parody, "Young Frankenstein."

I love this movie, and even by today's standards, it still rates a 9.1/10 from...

the Fiend :.


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