Bride of Frankenstein (1935)

35mm, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English
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An American science fiction/horror film directed by James Whale as a sequel to his earlier Frankenstein (1931).

Plot Summary

Dr and his creation have survived the destruction of Frankenstein's castle. Frankenstein wants to abandon his and settle down with his wife Elizabeth – but the arrival of the bizarre Dr Pretorius and the return of the monster leads to the birth of a new creature – a bride for the original monster.


Directed by: James Whale
Copyright MCMXXXV [1935] by Universal Pictures Corp., Carl Laemmle, president
A Universal picture. Carl Laemmle presents a James Whale production
Produced by: Carl Laemmle Jr
Screenplay: William Hurlbut
Suggested by the original story written in 1816 by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and…
Adapted by: William Hurlbut, John Balderston
Photographer: John J. Mescall
Film Editor: Ted Kent
Musical Score: Franz Waxman
Sound Recordist: Gilbert Kurland [uncredited]
Make Up: Jack P. Pierce [uncredited]
Special Electrical Properties: Ken Strickfaden [uncredited]
Photographic Effects: John P. Fulton
Art Director: Charles D. Hall
Studio: Universal Studios, Hollywood, California, USA

Karloff [real name: Boris Karloff] (the monster)
Colin Clive (Dr Henry Frankenstein)
Valerie Hobson (Elizabeth Frankenstein)
Elsa Lanchester (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley)
O.P. Heggie (Hermit)
Una O'Connor (Minnie)
Ernest Thesiger (Doctor Pretorius)
Gavin Gordon (Lord Byron)
Douglas Walton (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
E.E. Clive (Burgermeister)
Lucien Prival (Albert the butler)
Dwight Frye (Karl)
Reginald Barlow (Hans)
Mary Gordon (Hans' wife)
Ann Darling (shepherdess)
Ted Billings (Ludwig)
? [real name: Elsa Lanchester] (the monster's mate)
Robert Adair, John Carradine, John Curtis, Frank Terry [hunters – uncredited]
Norman Ainsley [little Archbishop – uncredited]
Billy Barty [tiny baby in jar – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

The Bride of Frankenstein – USA (advertising)
De Bruid van Frankenstein – Netherlands
La Fiancée de Frankenstein – France
Frankenstayn'in nisanlisi – Turkey
Frankenstein Lives Again! – working title
Frankenstein menyasszonya – Hungary
Frankensteinin morsian – Finland
Frankensteins Braut – Germany
Frankensteins brud – Sweden
Frankensteins Rückkehr – Austria
I Mnisti tou Frankenstein – Greece
La moglie di Frankenstein – Italy
Narzeczona Frankensteina – Poland
A Noiva de Frankenstein – Brazil, Portugal
La novia de Frankenstein – Spain
I Nyfi tou Frankenstein – Greece (DVD)
The Return of Frankenstein – working title

Sequel to
Frankenstein (1931)

Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

Extracts included in
100 Years of Horror (1996)
The American Nightmare (2000)
Bride of Chucky (1998)
Bride of Monster Mania (2000)
The Celluloid Closet (1995)
Coming Soon (1982)
The Funhouse (1981)
Gods and (1998)
Here Come the Munsters (1995)
The History of Horror: Frankenstein Goes to Hollywood (2010)
The Horror Hall of Fame (1990)
Small Soldiers (1998)
Terror in the Aisles (1984)
Universal Horror (1998)

The Bride (1985)

See also
Young Frankenstein (1974)



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