Directed by James Whale
Produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Written by Screenplay: William Hurlbut
Adaptation: William Hurlbut & John L. Balderston
Novel: Mary Shelley
Starring Boris Karloff
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography John J. Mescall
Editing by Ted Kent
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) April 22, 1935 (LA)
May 10, 1935 (NY)
Running time 75 minutes
Country United States
I am really trying to catch up with all of the posts. I have fallen a little behind so I am only doing a shorthanded version of the posts and will re-edit them when I get a chance.
Bride Of Frankenstein was the sequel to the original 1931 monster movie and the one that most people think is the superior film. This is the film where the monster befriends the blind man who teaches him to speak and the film is all the better for it as Karloff is able to make the audience empathise with the misunderstood monster. The monster has a childlike quality which just shows how skillful Karloff’s portrayal is. You are at the same time empathetic to the monster as well as repulsed by him. There is an innocence as if he only murders because he has been shunned by society yet he does seem to know to an extent what he is doing.
The film has quite a bit more camp humour than Frankenstein, something that director James Whale also added to The Invisible Man movie. Examples of this include Ernest Thesiger’s portrayal of Dr. Pretorious and especially Una O’ Connor as Minni. She comes across equally as being funny and annoying.
- 12 reviews of Frankenstein (1931) (rateitall.com)
- 7 reviews of Frankenstein (1994) (rateitall.com)
- The strange history of the Frankenstein carnival sideshows [Strange History] (io9.com)
- Beware Take Care Bela Beware (filmexperience.blogspot.com)
- Must. Resist. Bobblehead. Frankenstein. (battlegrip.com)
- Splice’s secret influences: Happy Days, Frankenstein and slug mating habits [Exclusive] (io9.com)
- Google Doodle Remembers Frankenstein Monster’s Mom (appscout.com)
- Frankenstein Is Not the Monster! (blogcritics.org)
- Actors We Miss: Boris Karloff (cinematical.com)
- Booker: What’s in a name? Talent for the ages (knoxnews.com)