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Frankenstein [1931] (2 discs)
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Director:James Whale
Writer:Francis Edward Faragoh
Garrett Fort
Composer:Bernhard Kaun
Length:70 minutes
(1 hour 10 minutes)
MPAA Rating:UR
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Susp/Hor
IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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  • Sci-Fi
  • Drama
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Synopsis: Horror classic in which an obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.


Reaction: A bit rudimentary by today's standards, but still a classic in its genre. There have definitely been some liberties taken with the original story.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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James Whale => Director
Francis Edward Faragoh => Writer
Garrett Fort => Writer
Bernhard Kaun => Composer
Mary Shelley => Novel
Peggy Webling => Play
Boris Karloff => The Monster
Carmencita Johnson => Little Girl (uncredited)
Colin Clive => Henry Frankenstein
Dwight Frye => Fritz
Edward Van Sloan => Dr. Waldman
Francis Ford => Hans (uncredited)
Frederick Kerr => Baron Frankenstein
John Boles => Victor Moritz
Lionel Belmore => The Burgomaster
Mae Bruce => Screaming Maid (uncredited)
Mae Clarke => Elizabeth
Marilyn Harris => Little Maria
Michael Mark => Ludwig (uncredited)
Seessel Anne Johnson => Little Girl (uncredited)
Ted Billings => Villager (uncredited)
William Dyer => Gravedigger (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Boris Karloff offered to remove his partial bridgework as part of the monster make-up process to create the sunken cheek look.
  • [?] Ken Strickfaden, who created all the electrical effects for the movie, also doubled for Boris Karloff during the sequences that showed the million volt sparks playing over his body. The same machines were later used in the comedy Young Frankenstein.
  • John Huston wrote an early version of the warning speech given at the start of the film.
  • John Carradine, who later played Dracula in the Universal horror films, once claimed he was considered for the role of the Monster.
  • The popular image of Frankenstein's monster as green-skinned was sourced in this film. Actually, [?] Jack P. Pierce's monster make-up gave the monster yellow skin, one of the few consistencies from Mary Shelley's original description of the monster.
  • Some of the sets had originally been constructed for [?] Paul Leni's The Cat and the Canary which Universal had produced four years earlier.
  • What are commonly called bolts on the neck of the monster are in reality electrodes.
  • The film was banned in Kansas upon its original release on the grounds that it exhibited "cruelty and tended to debase morals".
  • The monster make-up design by [?] Jack P. Pierce is under copyright to Universal through the year 2026, and licensed by Universal Studios Licensing, Inc.
  • Dr. Frankenstein's first name is Henry, while his best friend's name is Victor Moritz. In the novel, the doctor's name is Victor Frankenstein, while his best friend is Henry Clerval.
  • Boris Karloff is considered a late bloomer in Hollywood. Frankenstein premiered when he was 44 years old.