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House Of Frankenstein (1944)
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House Of Frankenstein (1944) Dr. Niemann regales his hunchbacked cellmate, Daniel, with tales of how he had nearly put the brain of a human into a dog. This gives Daniel hope. If brain switches are possible, that would mean his own brain could be removed to a better home than the misshapen body he's now trapped in. A thunderstorm destroys their prison, and they escape to find refuge in the company of a traveling carnival. The carnival owner has possession of the skeleton of Count Dracula, who can be revived by removing the wooden stake from the area of his heart. Niemann has the hunchback kill the owner, and then resurrects Dracula to kill those who had sent him to prison. But Dracula has other plans. Later, Niemann and the hunchback encounter a gypsy caravan where Daniel falls in love with a beautiful gypsy girl. She travels with them to Frankenstein's ruined castle, where they find Frankenstein's monster and the Wolf Man frozen in ice. Niemann thaws them out, finding the Monster fairly inert and the Wolf Man changed back to the tormented Larry Talbot. To Daniel's misery, the gypsy girl falls in love with Talbot, unaware of his lupine alter ego. Meanwhile, Niemann promises both the hunchback and Talbot new bodies. But as usual, the bad doctor cannot be trusted.

Movie Tagline:

Also Known As:
Chamber of Horrors
Doom of Dracula
The Devil's Brood

Title: House Of Frankenstein
Release Date: December 01, 1944
Runtime: 71 mins
Genre: Fantasy
All Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Black and White
Sound: Mono
IMDB Rating: 6.0
Buried.com Rating: 7 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With H

MPAA Rating: Unrated

Erle C. Kenton

Boris Karloff ...Doctor Gustav Niemann
Lon Chaney Jr. ...Lawrence Talbot (as Lon Chaney)
John Carradine ...Dracula / Baron Latos
Anne Gwynne ...Rita Hussman
Peter Coe ...Karl Hussman
Lionel Atwill ...Inspector Arnz
George Zucco ...Professor Bruno Lampini
Elena Verdugo ...Ilonka
Sig Ruman ...Burgomeister Hussman
William Edmunds ...Fejos
Charles Miller ...Tobermann
Philip Van Zandt ...Muller
Julius Tannen ...Hertz
Hans Herbert ...Meier
Dick Dickinson ...Born
George Lynn ...Gerlach
Michael Mark ...Frederick Strauss
Frank Reicher ...Ullman
Brandon Hurst ...Dr. Geissler
Glenn Strange ...Frankenstein Monster
Olaf Hytten ...Hoffman
J. Carrol Naish ...Daniel
Edmund Cobb ...Coachman
Gino Corrado ...Man in Audience at Dracula Exhibit
Joe Kirk ...Schwartz
Belle Mitchell ...Urla, Gypsy Woman
Charles Wagenheim ...Jailer

Paul Malvern

Curt Siodmak
Edward T. Lowe Jr.

Hans J. Salter
Paul Dessau

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Gypsy Tantrums"

More Movie Taglines:
  • THE DEVIL'S BROOD! All the Screen's Titans of Terror
  • Together in the Greatest of All SCREEN SENSATIONS!
  • All the Screen's Titans of Terror
  • Together in the Greatest of All SCREEN SENSATIONS!
  • A CHAMBER OF Horror!
Movie Quote(s):
  • Daniel: Master. Dr. Gustav Niemann: Yes? Daniel: Now that I have helped you with Strauss and Ullman, will you give Talbot's body to me? Dr. Gustav Niemann: What? Daniel: He's big. He's strong. Dr. Gustav Niemann: Talbot's body is the perfect place for the monster's brain that I will add to and subtract from in my experiments. Daniel: Master, you made me a promise. Dr. Gustav Niemann: No! You think I'd wreck the work of a lifetime because you're in love with a, a Gypsy girl? Daniel: I've killed four men for you! Dr. Gustav Niemann: Do as I say or I'll never help you.
  • Dr. Gustav Niemann: Fifteen thousand Marks. A thousand for every year I spent in a stinking, slimy dungeon. You bargain poorly, Herr Ulman. Ullman: Don't kill me! Dr. Gustav Niemann: Kill my trusted old assistant? Why, no. I'm going to repay you for betraying me; I'm going to give that brain of yours a new home in the skull of the Frankenstein monster. As for you Strauss, I'm going to give you the brain of the wolfman so that all your waking hours will be spent in untold agony awaiting the full of the moon... which will change you into a werewolf.
  • [last lines] Dr. Gustav Niemann: quicksand!
Movie Trivia:
  • This is the first of the Universal Frankenstein films in which a member of the Frankenstein family does not appear, unless you count the monster himself as part of the family. According to Bride of Frankenstein (1935), his name is Frankenstein as well.
  • Bela Lugosi was slated for the role of Dracula, but the film was dependent upon the presence of Boris Karloff being released from the stage tour of Arsenic and Old Lace (1944). Shooting was delayed, and John Carradine was cast instead of Lugosi, who had a prior engagement: ironically, playing Karloff's "Jonathan Brewster" role in another touring company of "Arsenic and Old Lace."
  • Originally Kharis the mummy, another Universal "classic monster", was to be in the movie but was removed because of budget restrictions.
  • Originally titled ‘The Devil's Brood’, this was given a $354,000 budget and a relatively generous (by Universal standards) 30-day shooting schedule. Star Boris Karloff earned $20,000 and Lon Chaney Jr. received a flat $10,000 for his third appearance as the Wolf Man. John Carradine and J. Carrol Naish were both paid $7,000 each. Lionel Atwill earned $1750 and George Zucco was paid $1500. Glenn Strange was paid $500 for his role as Frankenstein's monster.
  • The title "House of..." could refer to the ruins/house owned by Ludwig Frankenstein, the second son of Henry Frankenstein (portrayed by Cedric Hardwicke) in The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942). It's also the same "house" where Lawrence Talbot discovers the Monster in ice in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943); and, of course, where Neiman discovers the Wolfman and the Monster in this film. (The castle is entirely washed away in the flood at the climax of " - Meets the Wolf Man," but is inexplicably semi-intact here.
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