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Bride of Frankenstein

1935

James Whale
Director
Universal Pictures
Studio

There's not much that can be said about this classic that hasn't been said already. Karloff manages to make a hideous monster touchingly human--anyone who has been on a bad date can empathise with his climatic meeting with his "bride." For me, though, the movies belongs to Thesiger. It's his fey, sibillant mad scentist that makes the film sparkle and rise above its failings: you could make a drinking game out of how many times the actors roll their R's in the stodgy prologue, for example. The biggest failing, though, is Una O'Connor, whose dreadful overacting isn't fit for a London music hall show, let alone a film of this caliber. Why Whale continued to put her in his films will always be unfathomable. Lanchester's man-made woman probably holds the record for biggest impact with briefest screentime award, at least until Boba Fett came along. A quirky masterpiece, and one of the best films of its era.

Note: There was a deleted subplot involving Dwight Frye's character killing off his aunt and uncle for money and putting the blame on the monster. The scenes were cut after the first showings, but production stills survive; this is where those caps are from.

-Dave W.

CountryArtworkTitleReleaseFormatRatingRuntime (Mins)Aspect
Bride of Frankenstein
22nd April 1935
Cinema
Not Rated
75
1.33:1
Bride Of Frankenstein: Classic Monster Collection
28th August 2001
DVD
Not Rated
1.33:1




Boris Karloff
The Monster
(as Karloff)
Colin Clive
Henry Frankenstein
Valerie Hobson
Elizabeth
Elsa Lanchester
The Monster's Mate
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(partly billed as ?)
O.P. Heggie
Hermit
Una O'Connor
Minnie
Ernest Thesiger
Dr. Septimus Pretorius
Gavin Gordon
Lord Byron
Douglas Walton
Percy Bysshe Shelley
E.E. Clive
Burgomaster
Lucien Prival
Albert, the Butler
Dwight Frye
Karl
Reginald Barlow
Hans
Mary Gordon
Hans' Wife
Anne Darling
Shepherdess
(as Ann Darling)
Ted Billings
Ludwig
Sarah Schwartz
Marta (uncredited)
D'Arcy Corrigan
Procession Leader
(uncredited)
Unknown
Villager in Procession
Joan Woodbury
The Little Queen
(uncredited)
A.S. Byron
The Little King
(uncredited)
Norman Ainsley
The Little Archbishop
(uncredited)
Peter Shaw
The Little Devil
Villager
Ernest Thesiger's Double
(uncredited)
Kansas DeForrest
The Little Ballerina
(uncredited)
Josephine McKim
The Little Mermaid
(uncredited)
Billy Barty
The Little Baby
(uncredited)
(scenes deleted--seen in long shots only)
Robert Adair
Hunter Shooting at Monster
(uncredited)
Jack Curtis
Hunter (uncredited)
John George
Villager (uncredited)
Brenda Fowler
A Mother (uncredited)
Helen Parrish
Communion Girl
(uncredited)
Walter Brennan
Neighbor Holding Axe
("Poor old Neumann")
(uncredited)
Maurice Black
Gypsy / Villlager
(uncredited)
Helen Jerome Eddy
Gypsy's Wife
(uncredited)
Elspeth Dudgeon
Gypsy's Mother
(uncredited)
John Carradine
Hunter at Hermit's Cabin
(uncredited)
Frank Terry
Hunter at Hermit's Cabin
(uncredited)
Joseph North
Servant (uncredited)
Harry Northrup
Servant (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon
Servant (uncredited)
Frank Benson
Villager
Peter Bronte
Villager
Mae Bruce
Villager
Grace Cunard
Villager
Neil Fitzgerald
Rudy
Gene Garrick
Villager
Helen Gibson
Woman
Marilyn Harris
Little Girl
Leah Lewis
Vilalger
Rollo Lloyd
Neighbor
Murdock MacQuarrie
Sympathetic Villager
Torben Meyer
Victim in Flashback
Charles Murphy
Guard
Edward Peil Sr.
Villager
Mary Stewart
Neighbor
Anders van Haden
Villager
J. Gunnis Davis
Uncle Glutz
(scenes deleted from final print)
Edwin Mordant
Coroner
(scenes deleted from final print)
Tempe Pigott
Auntie Glutz
(scenes deleted from final print)
Lucio Villegas
Priest
(scenes deleted from final print)

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