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Bride Of Frankenstein

Bride Of Frankenstein

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Director: James Whale, Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson

Cast: James Whale, Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Valerie Hobson


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This greatest of all Frankenstein movies begins during a raging thunderstorm. Warm and cozy inside their palatial villa, Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon), Percy Shelley (Douglas Walton), and Shelley's wife Mary (Elsa Lanchester) engage in morbidly sparkling conversation. The wicked Byron mockingly chastises Mary for frightening the literary world with her recent novel


This greatest of all Frankenstein movies begins during a raging thunderstorm. Warm and cozy inside their palatial villa, Lord Byron (Gavin Gordon), Percy Shelley (Douglas Walton), and Shelley's wife Mary (Elsa Lanchester) engage in morbidly sparkling conversation. The wicked Byron mockingly chastises Mary for frightening the literary world with her recent novel Frankenstein, but Mary insists that her horror tale preached a valuable moral, that man was not meant to dabble in the works of God. Moreover, Mary adds that her story did not end with the death of Frankenstein's monster, whereupon she tells the enthralled Byron and Shelley what happened next. Surviving the windmill fire that brought the original 1931 Frankenstein to a close, the Monster (Boris Karloff) quickly revives and goes on another rampage of death and destruction. Meanwhile, his ailing creator Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive) discovers that his former mentor, the demented Doctor Praetorius (Ernst Thesiger), plans to create another life-sized monster -- this time a woman! After a wild and wooly "creation" sequence, the bandages are unwrapped, and the Bride of the Monster (Elsa Lanchester again) emerges. Alas, the Monster's tender efforts to connect with his new Mate are rewarded only by her revulsion and hoarse screams. "She hate me," he growls, "Just like others!" Wonderfully acted and directed, The Bride of Frankenstein is further enhanced by the vivid Franz Waxman musical score; even the film's occasional lapses in logic and continuity (it was trimmed from 90 to 75 minutes after the first preview) are oddly endearing. Director James Whale was memorably embodied by Ian McKellen in the Oscar-winning 1998 biopic Gods and Monsters.

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All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
The wildest and most audacious of James Whale's 1930s horror movies, The Bride of Frankenstein is in nearly all ways superior to Whale's original Frankenstein four years earlier. While the first picture was made on a limited budget, Bride was given all the trappings of a big studio's most prestigious production, and, if the results lack the original's lean, claustrophobic mood, Whale's sly wit and gleeful enthusiasm more than make up for it. Brimming with subtle self-parody, Bride of Frankenstein offered Whale the opportunity to mock the clichés of horror films, along with amusing sideswipes at Hollywood romances, historical dramas, and even Christianity. As was his habit, Whale packed the film with amusing eccentrics, including Ernest Thesiger as Dr. Pretorious, a gin-guzzling mad scientist who's even madder than Dr. Frankenstein (Colin Clive), Una O'Connor as Minnie the shrieking servant, and demented hunchback Dwight Frye. Blending effortlessly with Whale's offbeat humor, the cast gave the proceedings an unmistakably British humor and sensibility, even if the film was shot on a Hollywood backlot. Despite Whale's farcical humor, Boris Karloff still delivers a powerful performance as the Monster; the tortured creature is, if anything, even more humane and sympathetic than in the first film, and, while Karloff strongly objected to having the Monster speak, his gruff but heartfelt delivery of his simple dialogue makes his sad fate all the more effective. A young Elsa Lanchester is quite memorable as both the Monster's bizarre mate and Mary Shelley, who spins this tale as a lark for Percy Shelley and Lord Byron. Bride of Frankenstein is ultimately more spooky than scary, but its witty dialogue, top-notch cast, and superb sense of mood make it high entertainment no matter what genre you drop it into.

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Special Features

She's alive! Creating The Bride of Frankenstein; Feature commentary with film historian Scott MacQueen; The Bride of Frankenstein archives; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boris Karloff The Monster
Colin Clive Henry Frankenstein
Valerie Hobson Elizabeth Frankenstein
Elsa Lanchester Mary Shelley/The Bride
Ernst Thesiger Dr. Septimus Pretorius
Dwight Frye Karl
O.P. Heggie The Hermit
E.E. Clive Burgomaster
Una O'Connor Minnie
Peter Shaw Devil
Lucien Prival Otto
Lucio Villegas Priest
Douglas Walton Percy Bysshe Shelley
Tempe Piggott Auntie Glutz
Helen Parrish Girl
Josephine McKim Mermaid
Edwin Mordant Coroner
Monte Montague King
Joan Woodbury Queen
Ted Billings Ludwig
Walter Brennan Neighbor
John Carradine Huntsman
Norman Ainsley Archbishop
Billy Barty Baby
Reginald Barlow Hans
Mary Gordon Hans's Wife
Helen Gibson Woman
Neil Fitzgerald Rudy
Gavin Gordon Lord Byron
Grace Cunard Woman
Anne Darling Shepherdess
Kansas de Forest Ballerina
Gunnis Davis Uncle Glutz

Technical Credits
James Whale Director
John L. Balderston Screenwriter
John P. Fulton Special Effects
Charles Hall Art Director
William Hurlbut Screenwriter
Ted Kent Editor
Carl Laemmle Producer
John Mescall Cinematographer
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Franz Waxman Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Bride of Frankenstein
1. Main Titles [1:31]
2. Lord Byron [3:52]
3. The Story Resumes [2:27]
4. Blackened Bones? [4:48]
5. Henry Recovers [4:46]
6. Private Business [3:40]
7. The Experiments [4:28]
8. In the Woods [5:12]
9. Captured? [3:57]
10. The Blind Man [9:54]
11. In the Cemetery [6:27]
12. Unwelcome Visit [4:57]
13. Unlawful Work [4:04]
14. Where's Elizabeth [3:08]
15. Waiting for Life [5:54]
16. She's Alive! [1:48]
17. Rebuffed [3:06]
18. End Titles [:32]


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Bride Of Frankenstein 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is no other movie like this in Hollywood history. Thinking of the Wizard of Oz in black and white with a few killings along the way is my imaginary comparison.
LaylaCD More than 1 year ago
As a collector of classic horror, this belongs on my shelf, but despite the praise (albeit well deserved) I can't take to this film like I did to Frankenstein. Whale was a wonderful director, and crafted 2 great films here....his work has truly stood the test of time. What was really good about this bluray were the extras...Frank Pierce who created the iconic makeup for these films, died jobless & penniless, discarded by the studio. Kudos to the modern makeup craftsmen that recognize their debt to him...plus the hard work Pierce did and Karloff went along with. One of the best things about watching this film is realizing what a wonderful actor Karloff was. And James Whale was a VERY funny man....the wit is in this film is wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago