The Ghost Of Frankenstein (1942)
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The undead Monster and the wily ygor have survived another mob of angry villagers. Needing help to restore the Monster's strength, ygor brings his hulking friend to Ludwig Frankenstein, the original doctor's son. Ludwig has built a life and a reputation for himself in another town, far from the stigma and shame that his father and brother brought on the family. ygor blackmails him. The good Ludwig realizes that the Monster is evil and must be destroyed, but he struggles with the idea of taking a life, even an undead one. He finds a solution: replace the Monster's criminal brain with the brain of his recent victim, the noble Doctor Kettering. But sly ygor is a step ahead: he manipulates Ludwig's colleague, the jealous Doctor Bohmer, into substituting ygor's brain for Kettering's. After the operation, the Monster--with his physical strength now guided by ygor's wicked brain--is more terrible than ever. When will those stuffy scientists finally learn? Luckily, there is a mob of angry villagers outside Frankenstein's house...
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Title: Ghost Of Frankenstein, The
Release Date: March 13, 1942
Runtime: 67 mins
All Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Colors: Black and White
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Buried.com Rating: 6.9 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With G
MPAA Rating: Approved
Erle C. Kenton
Cedric Hardwicke ...Ludwig Frankenstein (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Ralph Bellamy ...Erik
Lionel Atwill ...Doctor Bohmer
Bela Lugosi ...ygor
Evelyn Ankers ...Elsa Frankenstein
Janet Ann Gallow ...Cloestine
Barton yarborough ...Dr. Kettering
Doris Lloyd ...Martha
Leyland Hodgson ...Chief Constable
Olaf Hytten ...Hussman
Holmes Herbert ...Magistrate
Lon Chaney Jr. ...The Monster (as Lon Chaney)
Richard Alexander ...Villager
Lionel Belmore ...Councillor
Colin Clive ...Dr. Henry Frankenstein (archive footage)
Harry Cording ...Frone
George Eldredge ...Constable
Dwight Frye ...Villager
Lawrence Grant ...Mayor
Otto Hoffman ...Villager
Brandon Hurst ...Hans
Michael Mark ...Councillor
Jimmy Phillips ...Indian
William Smith ...Village Boy
Ernie Stanton ...Constable
Julius Tannen ...Sektal
Harry Tenbrook ...Villager at Hearing
Glen Walters ...Village Mother of Hungry Children
Janet Warren ...Goose Girl
Hans J. Salter
More Movie Taglines:
- Stark Terror! Added Thrills! in a Spine-Tingling Experience !
- You've waited years for these NEW Terrifying adventures, more Thrilling than ever before! (original posters)
- The King of all Monsters strikes again! No chains can hold him! No tomb can seal him in! (original release posters)
- NEW WEIRD THRILLS...NEW SPINE-CHILLING STORY! (original release posters)
- NEW TOWERING TERROR! (original print ad
- all caps)
- You can't keep a good monster down!
- All NEW Thrills!
- NEW THRILLS as the Monster Stalks Again!
- No Chains Can Hold Him! No Tomb Can Seal Him In!
- Chief Constable: [the Monster recognizes Ludwig] He seems to recognize you Doctor. Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein: [referring to the Monster] I never saw this...man before in my life. I know nothing about him.
[the monster is struck by lightning] Ygor: The lightning. It is good for you! Your father was Frankenstein, but your mother was the lightning!
- It was reported that the rubber headpiece used for the Frankenstein monster make-up was very uncomfortable for Lon Chaney Jr. to wear. It sat directly on his forehead and he constantly complained. Once he asked for it to be removed. Angry and frustrated when no one listened, he ripped it off himself, tearing open a bloody gash in his forehead. Production on the film was shut down for a couple of days.
During breaks in filming, Lon Chaney Jr. would often treat child cast members to ice cream.
The first draft of the script was written by Eric Taylor was considered too depressing. The original Taylor treatment brought Wolf von Frankenstein back into play, as well as Ygor, plus a misshapen hunchback, Theodor. Ygor's plan was to create a vengeful mob of society's rejects, ala Freaks (1932), led by himself, with the Monster as brute force. A rewrite was ordered and given to veteran writer Scott Darling who retained the fundamental scenario but made significant changes.
Boris Karloff, then acting in the hit Broadway show which became Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), had no interest in working on the film. Producer George Waggner wisely decided to retain Karloff's make-up out of fear that the public would not accept any change in the monster's appearance.
Lon Chaney Jr. was cast while he was still filming The Wolf Man (1941).
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