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Frankenstein (1931)
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Frankenstein (1931) An obsessed scientist creates a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Movie Tagline:
A Monster Science Created

Title: Frankenstein
Release Date: November 21, 1931
Runtime: 70 mins
Genre: Horror
All Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English, Latin
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 8.1
Buried.com Rating: 9.1 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With F

MPAA Rating: Unrated

James Whale

Colin Clive ...Henry Frankenstein
Mae Clarke ...Elizabeth
John Boles ...Victor Moritz
Boris Karloff ...The Monster
Edward Van Sloan ...Doctor Waldman
Frederick Kerr ...Baron Frankenstein
Dwight Frye ...Fritz
Lionel Belmore ...The Burgomaster
Marilyn Harris ...Little Maria
Ted Billings ...Villager
Mae Bruce ...Screaming Maid
Arletta Duncan ...Bridesmaid
Francis Ford ...Hans
Mary Gordon ...Mourner
Soledad Jimenez ...Mourner
Michael Mark ...Ludwig
Pauline Moore ...Bridesmaid
Inez Palange ...Villager
Paul Panzer ...Mourner at Gravesite
Cecilia Parker ...Maid
Rose Plumer ...Villager
Cecil Reynolds ...Waldman's Secretary
Ellinor Vanderveer ...Extra as Medical Student

E.M. Asher
Carl Laemmle Jr.

John L. Balderston
Mary Shelley
Peggy Webling
Garrett Fort
Francis Edward Faragoh
Richard Schayer
Robert Florey
John Russell

Bernhard Kaun

Frankenstein Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • A Monster Science Created
  • But Could Not Destroy!
  • To have seen it is to wear a badge of courage!
  • The man who made a monster
  • A Chilling Thriller
  • Warning! The monster is loose!
  • Science's Monster Terror!
  • ...no man has ever seen his like ...no woman ever felt his white-hot kiss...
  • The monster that terrorized the world.
  • The Original Horror Show!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Victor Moritz: You're crazy! Henry Frankenstein: Crazy, am I? We'll see whether I'm crazy or not.
  • Henry Frankenstein: Look! It's moving. It's alive. It's alive... It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, IT'S ALIVE! Victor Moritz: Henry - In the name of God! Henry Frankenstein: Oh, in the name of God! Now I know what it feels like to be God!
  • Henry Frankenstein: The brain you stole, Fritz. Think of it. The brain of a dead man waiting to live again in a body I made with my own hands!
  • Dr. Henry Frankenstein: The neck's broken. The brain is useless. We must find another brain.
  • Dr. Henry Frankenstein: You're quite sure you want to come in?... Very well. [Locks door and pockets key] Dr. Henry Frankenstein: Forgive me, but I'm forced to take unusual precautions.
Movie Trivia:
  • In one scene, the Monster (Boris Karloff) walks through a forest and comes upon a little girl, Maria, who is throwing flowers into a pond. The monster joins her in the activity but soon runs out of flowers. At a loss for something to throw into the water, he looks at Maria and moves toward her. In all American prints of the movie, the scene ends here. But as originally filmed, the action continues to show the monster grabbing Maria, hurling her into the lake, then departing in confusion when Maria fails to float as the flowers did. This bit was deleted because Karloff - objecting to the director's interpretation of the scene - felt that the monster should have gently put Maria into the lake. This scene is restored in the videocassette reissue.
  • Bela Lugosi was offered the role of the monster, but refused on the grounds that his character would not speak (though he eventually played the role in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)). Lugosi also insisted on creating his own makeup for the Monster, but his design was rejected. According to film historian Richard J. Anobile, Lugosi was originally offered the role of Dr. Frankenstein by original director Robert Florey, but Carl Laemmle insisted that Lugosi play the monster. Test footage of Lugosi in Monster make-up was filmed by Florey on the set of Dracula (1931). Soon after, Florey was replaced by James Whale as director, and Lugosi was replaced by Karloff.
  • Those originally considered for the cast included Leslie Howard as Henry Frankenstein and Bette Davis as Elizabeth. Director James Whale insisted on Colin Clive for the role of Henry.
  • John Carradine turned down the part of the Monster because he considered himself too highly trained to be reduced to playing monsters.
  • After bringing the monster to life, Dr. Frankenstein uttered the famous line, "Now I know what it's like to BE God!" The movie was originally released with this line of dialogue, but when it was re-released in the late '30s, censors demanded it be removed on the grounds that it was blasphemy. A loud clap of thunder was substituted on the soundtrack. The dialogue was partially restored on the video release, but since no decent recording of the dialogue could be found, it still appears garbled and indistinct. The censored dialog was partially returned to the soundtrack in the initial "restored version" releases. Further restoration has now completely brought back this line of missing dialog. A clean recording of the missing dialog was reportedly found on a Vitaphone disc (similar to a large phonograph record). Modern audio technology had to be used to insert the dialog back into the film without any detectable change in the audio quality.
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